The 49th Parallel is the longest undefended border in the world. The 5,525-mile-long border between Canada-andthe United States of America was the longest undefended international boundary in the world until COVID 19 arrived. A public pandemic revealed the cultural differences between proper defences needed to maintain health for the population north of the 49th and the porous sense of entitlement south of the 49th that has led to a sweeping infection of it’s own population. To spite the spirit of American exceptionalism and pandemic recklessness , the latest version of gifting by the greatest democracy in the world, has to be turned aside by sound science and vigilant Canuck border guards.
Generations of Canadians have carried subliminal and visceral fears of American influence while happily absorbing the onslaught and infiltration of cultural and mercenary methods of the American way…not anymore… viral carpet bombing north of the 49th is the pandemic line that must not be crossed.
The longest undefended southern border of the Great Dominion must now be defended against the potential onslaught of the carpet bombing viral hosts of the irrational…with vigilance and masks!
Editors note: the writer of the text suffered a hyperbolic fit but we canallow that just this once!
The Great Dominion’s Minister of Finance William Francis Morneau spends his evening hours studying cartoon celebrities who have suffered the humiliation of getting the hook for their performances. For future reference, he is especially watchful how they exit…gracefully or combatively and acutely deciphers the Prime Ministers recent press conference for clues to his fate. “Learning is a life long process,” he was heard to whisper barely within earshot.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in preparing to testify before the House of Commons Finance Committee as part of its ongoing study into the WE Charity student grant scandal, has sought counsel from the Great Dominion’s most skilled fortune tellers to provide advice that he hopes will outperform the advice he has received to date.
“We want the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth,” said the unoriginal wordsmith Conservative MP and finance critic Pierre Poilievre, who was successful late Wednesday in passing a motion requesting Trudeau testify for three hours.
HALIFAX—After days of fierce criticism, the Nova Scotia and federal governments have reversed course and said they will move forward with a full public inquiry into the country’s worst mass killing.
A statement from Public Safety Minister Bill Blair confirmed the news Tuesday hours after Nova Scotia Justice Minister Mark Furey had put the ball squarely in the federal government’s court.
“We have heard calls from families, survivors, advocates and Nova Scotia members of Parliament for more transparency,” Blair said in a statement. “The government of Canada is now proceeding with a full public inquiry.”
The inquiry will be able to summon witnesses and require them to give evidence and produce documents.
Nova Scotia Justice Minister Mark Furey and federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair announced not an inquiry, but rather a three-member Independent Review Panel to look into the largest mass murder in Canadian history.
The bulk of reporting since the murders has questioned the RCMP’s handling and management of the events ; personal action by RCMP members that endangered public safety and the absence of timely public notice as the killer remained active .
“At this particularly delicate time in its history, when its very structure across the country is at stake, the RCMP will fight tooth and nail to maintain the status quo.That means it will resist a public inquiry. Even its house union has taken that position, which should tell you something.” Paul Palango is a former senior editor at the Globe and Mail and author of three books on the RCMP. from Halifax Examiner article of May 25,2020
It should be noted that Justice Minister Fuery prior to becoming an MLA was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 32 years and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair ,before federal politics served as the chief of the Toronto Police Service and had a three-decade-long career in the service.
Note also that one of the review members is Leanne Fitch, a former chief of the Fredericton Police Force.
Unlike a public inquiry, the review panel will not have the power to compel testimony, nor will it have subpoena power.Should government institutions not cooperate with the review panel, the panel “may notify the public about the lack of cooperation.”example: RCMP
In the event that the panel needs information from non-government institutions (such as telephone companies, banks, etc), the panel does not have the power to ask the court for production orders. The review panel’s work is to be “guided by restorative principles in order to do no further harm, be trauma informed and be attentive to the needs and impacts upon those most directly affected and harmed.” Ithe testimony of those witnesses will not be public.
Documents and testimony from government institutions will not be public, although the panel has the ability to refer to such documents and testimony in its published reports.
The decision-making panel can only render decisions based on the information and evidence presented to them and thus the terms of reference outlining the restorative model will prejudice the panel by restricting the evidence and information being presented.
The common law legal tradition, that cross-examination is the most effective truth-finding mechanism available is denied to this process and excludes the full participation of the families under the guise of protecting them from further trauma.
The families continue to demand a full and transparent public inquiry.
With thanks: Independent Review Panel information gleaned from The Halifax Examiner July 23 and quote from May 25 article .Other commentary is Court Painter’s own take !