Canada has been plagued by growing anti-mandate protests since truck driver Freedom Convoy landed in Ottawa more than three weeks ago.
The government and legacy media initially sought to ignore the growing convoy.
As the convoys gained momentum and attention nationwide as they moved through the cities towards Ottawa, the government dismissed them pretending to be only a handful of dissatisfied truck drivers. I tried.
When the city of Ottawa realized it was completely paralyzed by thousands of protesters supported by hundreds of tractor trailers, the government moved into a campaign of division and rogues. They attempted to portray the protesters as extremists, racists, and misogynists.
Trudeau had been hiding for over a week, but occasionally surfaced, throwing more fuel into the fire with insults directed at protesters, and then hid.
With each week, the number of protesters continued to grow with the location of the protest. Border crossings in many states have been thwarted and thwarted by protesters, and protests seem likely to spread further. Inspired by Canadian protests, I have even seen convoys emerge in foreign countries.
It is fairly clear that the government’s strategy to deal with Freedom Convoy was a terrible failure.
Now that he has completely lost control of the situation, he panicked and desperate Justin Trudeau enacted an emergency law.
The Emergency Act is a new incarnation of the War Measures Act, and such measures have not been invoked since 1970, when the radical Quebec separatist group FLQ literally bombed, robbed and kidnapped Canadians. Truck driver protests to date have been incredibly peaceful given the participation of thousands of people.
One of the things Justin Trudeau had never tried was a discourse in honor of the protesters. He doesn’t have to moan and kneel among them like the Black Lives Matter protesters in 2020, but he should have at least accepted listening to them. He didn’t even make any effort.
Some may argue that such efforts to escalate things are a waste of time. At least before Mayor of Ottawa Jim Watson traded with protesters to move them out of the city’s residential areas. Convoy protesters moved out of the residential area without complaints or problems.
What magic did Watson do to bring these uncompromising militants to his will? How could he dodge this angry beast?
Mayor Jim Watson provided protesters with something that Justin Trudeau refused to give them: Respect.
Watson wrote to the organizers of the opposition movement, politely asking the opposition movement to move closer to the hills of parliament to relieve the pressure of the inhabitants. He explained how it was exhausted and caused stress on the people living in the area. The protesters nodded and obeyed. There is no threat. The police are not lined up. A polite letter.
This does not mean that the protesters will leave the camp from Ottawa if they receive a nicely written letter from Justin Trudeau asking them to go. It shows that protesters accept reasoning and compromise when offered to them.
The first step in resolving a conflict is to start a dialogue. Responsible leaders explore and try every possible means to make the situation worse, before appealing to power. That doesn’t mean that the leader is capturing or pushing himself away. That means leaders are not acting in a dangerous hurry when there is a potential for a peaceful solution.
Enforcing an emergency law against protesters should have been an absolute last resort step. The law could suspend many civil rights and pave the way for military action against Canadians. By using this hammer against peaceful protesters, Trudeau may make these protesters ugly. Images of police or perhaps military action being taken against peaceful protesters can irreparably tear Canada’s social structure.
Like all other actions by Freedom Convoy in the federal government, I hope their latest move will only further fuel and retain protesters. As the number of protesters increases, tensions increase and physical conflicts can be inevitable.
This would probably have been avoided if the Trudeau administration began with a respect for its citizens and sought to open dialogue with protesters.
We never know now because the government hasn’t even tried.
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