Anniversary of October 22 Shooting in Ottawa
October 22 marked the first anniversary of the death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo in Ottawa and the subsequent lockdown of the city by security services following which the Harper government unleashed an unprecedented campaign of fear-mongering to justify depriving Canadians of their rights. Editorial of Renewal Update:
On this occasion Renewal Update sends its condolences to the family of Nathan Cirillo as well as warrant officer Patrice Vincent who was killed in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu on October 20, 2014. We also express condolences to Andrea Polko, Nathan Cirillo’s girlfriend, who had the courage to point out under the circumstances surrounding Nathan Cirillo’s killing that Canadians should use the occasion to reflect on the lack of adequate services for individuals with serious mental health issues
We also salute the veterans across the country who stood second to none in demanding humane treatment for veterans by working to defeat the Harper government which they achieved on October 19.
Canadians now expect the repeal of the Harper government’s Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015, Bill C-44, the Protection of Canada from Terrorists Act and other legislation which attacks rights in the name of security. They expect Canadian soldiers to be brought home from Iraq and Syria and Canada’s participation in U.S. wars of aggression ended.
The events in October 2014 took place in the context of the climate of anarchy and violence the Harper government was in large measure responsible for fomenting. Not only was Canada further embroiled into U.S-led wars of aggression against Iraq and Syria but the government was engaged in criminalizing dissent at home and trampling rights in the mud. From the time of the G8/G20 meeting in Toronto and before, sting operations have been used to make sure any political movement of the people on questions of war and peace at home and abroad and the direction of the economy is smashed and activists are criminalized. It is important to note that this trend started with the Chretien Liberal government at the APEC Conference in Vancouver in 1997.
Legislation to give the state more arbitrary powers to spy on, detain and criminalize Canadians is illegitimate but this gets drowned out in the controversy of what is the “right balance” between “security and rights.” Under the Harper government even this discourse was drowned out in his campaign of extremism and fear-mongering which, when rejected, he supplemented with rabid islamophobia and attempts to divide the polity on a tried and true racist basis.
The Harper government used the tragedy of the killings in Saint Jean-sur-Richelieu and Ottawa to substitute its opinions for facts and declaring it “an attack on the country and the whole society.” Bill C-51 was then justified in the name of defending Canadians against terrorism. Specifically, the name of Nathan Cirillo was cynically invoked over and over by the Harper government as well as the Liberal Party as a pretext for adopting Bill C-51.
A socially responsible response is required to the events on October 20 and 22 to this day. Only by upholding the rights of all and the rule of law and oppose the use of violence and impunity in the name of high ideals can security be provided.
Source: Renewal Update, October 22, 2015 • No. 198 Previous Issues
Our Security Lies in Defence of the Rights of All!
Canadians want the Harper government’s “security” and “anti-terror” laws repealed. Canadian participation in U.S.-led wars and support for allegedly moderate terrorists in Syria and old and new Nazis in Ukraine must end. But the consequences of measures taken under Harper must also be looked into, from handing over Parliament Hill security to the RCMP to the erecting of concrete barriers disguised as flower pots in front of the Prime Minister’s Office. Canadians demonstrated against Bill C-51 in the tens of thousands, in more than 70 cities, holding three national days of action in as many months and many more actions since then.
The issue of defending the rights of individuals and their collectives and of society itself are fundamental to the reason of state and Canadian deserve to have a say in how they are sorted out. It must be done on a modern basis which upholds rights. Far from declaring that there is a trade-off between rights and security which everyone must accept for the common good, rights must be provided with a guarantee.
People do not accept the fraud that putting police power in positions of authority or putting Canada at the disposal of U.S. intelligence agencies and legalizing all kinds of surveillance, black ops and disruption defends the security of Canadians. The impunity of secret police forces which answer to no one is a source of serious insecurity as is Canada’s participation in the destruction and destabilization of other countries.
As working people discuss the results of the election and work out their demands and agenda for the country, how to deal with the criminalization of dissent and attempts to destroy the peoples’ political movements will continue to be crucial issues which require a solution.
As it stands, Canadians expect their demand to have Bill C-51 repealed paid heed. Nobody agreed with the Liberals’ stand on Bill C-51 and they only won the election after they put this aside. They have no mandate to ignore the demand for the bill’s repeal and that of other laws that attack rights in the name of security. The demand for Canadian troops to be withdrawn from U.S. wars will also not go away.
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