I was reading Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and composing my review while thinking about times in history that featured non-violent protests. I read Gandhi’s autobiography, My Story of My Experiments with Truth, and along with King’s letter, one of the main things that stood out for me was their concern for their fellow man. While King is attempting to bring attention to racial injustice, the two main themes that ran throughout his letter were LOVE and BROTHERHOOD. And both men, while fighting peacefully for what they believed, actively tried to cultivate within themselves traits that would make them better human beings, traits that would foster unity, empathy, patience and love towards others. With all the turmoil, division and angst all over the world, it was a joy to read a narrative that, in spite of addressing negative issues, was positive in its make-up. Internally, I was lamenting the dearth of such leadership and sentiments today. And nothing similar would never happen in Canada, a country full of very compliant, quiet, obedient citizens. Until ….
On January 23, 2022, a con~voy of truckers left Delta, B.C. headed for our capital city of Ottawa. Why? As a peaceful protest against vac~cine mandates, but more, I believe, a peaceful protest against government over-reach, a peaceful protest over media dishonesty, a protest against hundreds of unelected officials who have been making numerous rules and regulations over the past two+ years and because of a general frustration at the censorship, the suppression of any opinions that counter the primary narrative, and a change in our system from a democracy to a dictatorship that is increasingly being seen from our federal government. The truckers’ intention is to stay in Ottawa until the mandates are lifted.
Over six million dollars have currently been raised in support. It’s been reported that our Prime Minister has attempted to get the truckers labelled as terrorists and has frozen the funds, which I hope is more rumour than truth. In any case, it’s not stopping them.
I can’t even explain how amazing this has been. The con~voy is gaining trucks and vehicles and at the moment it’s 200 km long and is estimated to include approximately 1.5 million people by the time it reaches Ottawa on Saturday. I’ve been watching posts on social media and it is breathtaking how, from city to town to town to city, hundreds to thousands of people, complete with flags, signs and good-wishes, are lining roadways and overpasses in support, while temperatures hover around -30ºC ( -22ºF ) in many areas. Hundreds are offering food to the con~voy and many are offering places to stay. I can’t count how many times people have written or said that it’s brought tears of joy to their eyes.
If you want to follow the adventure, here is a Face book group that is following their progress: https://www.facebook.com/groups/convoy Generally, it gives live accounts of what is actually happening instead of relying on the media . The comments are mostly very positive and it’s snapshot of what will eventually be history. So follow along, if you like.
Hamilton ON 🇨🇦 #freedomconvoy2022
Don’t get me wrong. I strongly dislike politics. And I’m not putting this movement on the same level as King’s or Ghandi’s at all. But I love when people support each other and love each other and come together for a purpose. I’m just happy to see love and brotherhood. I’m happy to see positive comments and interactions. I’m happy to see people reaching out and offering food and shelter and help to others. I’m happy to see both the vac~cinated and unvac~cinated together. I love seeing something positive.
On another note in what will eventually be Canadian history, The Honourable Brian Peckford is suing the Canadian government for violating the fundamental rights of the Canadian people. While there are many lawsuits going on at the moment, this one is of particular interest. As former Prime Minister of Newfoundland, Mr. Peckford is the only surviving first minister who participated in the Constitutional process of drafting, writing and agreeing to our current Canadian Charter of Rights (apparently we had a Bill of Rights under John Diefenbaker but it was never finalized). He claims, with strong authority, that every Canadian’s fundamental rights are being violated by all the provincial governments but particularly the federal government, relating to sections 3, 6, 7 and 15 of the Charter with regard to:
- freedom of association
- freedom of expression
- freedom of religion
- freedom of conscience
- freedom of assembly
- freedom of association
- freedom of mobility
- freedom of life, liberty and security of the person
- freedom of equality
While the courts are there to determine the letter of the law but also the spirit of it, who better to be able to communicate both than Brian Peckford? It will be an interesting time. If you want to see Jordan Peterson’s interview with Brian Peckford, bringing a rationality and clarity to the issue, the video is below:
In any case, I will leave you with a quote (which I love) from Gandhi and hope for a better world:
“Man and his deed are two distinct things. Whereas a good deed should call forth approbation and a wicked deed disapprobation, the doer of the deed, whether good or wicked always deserves respect or pity as the case may be. ‘Hate the sin and not the sinner’ is a precept which, though easy enough to understand, is rarely practised, and that is why the poison of hatred spreads in the world …………. It is quite proper to resist and attack a system, but to resist and attack its author is tantamount to resisting and attacking oneself. For we are all tarred with the same brush, and are children of one and the same Creator, and as such the divine powers within us are infinite. To slight a single human being is to slight those divine powers, and thus to harm not only that being but with him the whole world.”