Oh Canada: Trudeau Denounces China for its Failure to Allow Protests Over Covid Policies

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau left many of us gobsmacked this week when he denounced China for its crackdown on protesters. Many of us denounced Trudeau for his authoritarian crackdown on truckers protesting Canada’s Covid policies. Trudeau used terrorist laws to freeze bank accounts, treat truckers as terrorists, and treat trucks as effective weapons.  This is a continuation of Trudeau’s utter lack of self-awareness (and the media continuing lack of objectivity). He previously was praised for his stance against Cuba’s crackdown on protesters.

Trudeau told the media Tuesday, “Obviously everyone in China should be allowed to express themselves, should be allowed to, you know, share their — their perspectives, and indeed protest. We’re going to continue to ensure that China knows we’ll stand up for human rights, we’ll stand with people who are expressing themselves.”

That is coming from the man who invoked the 1988 Emergencies Act for the first time to freeze accounts of truckers and contributions by other Canadian citizens. It was entirely unnecessary and, while the media is largely supportive of Trudeau, the powers have been condemned by civil liberties groups in Canada.

The 1988 law is meant to address the greatest national threats when existing laws are insufficient. However, there are ample laws allowing the clearing of roads and bridges. Trudeau is using the Act to intimidate not just the truckers but anyone who supports them. That includes sending lists of names to banks for accounts to be frozen and going to court to prevent donations from reaching the truckers.

Ironically, it was Trudeau’s father, who used the predecessor to the Act for the first time in peacetime to suspend civil liberties. Former prime minister Pierre Trudeau invoked the War Measures Act on Oct. 16, 1970, after separatist terrorists calling themselves the Front de libération du Québec kidnapped British Trade Commissioner James Cross and Quebec Labour Minister Pierre Laporte. The prior Act had never been used in peacetime and only twice before during prior wars.

Justin Trudeau, like his father, has never been a strong supporter of free speech. Indeed, he has more often championed its limitations. He previously declared that “freedom of expression is not without limits . . . we owe it to ourselves to act with respect for others and to seek not to arbitrarily or unnecessarily injure those with whom we are sharing a society and a planet.”

He has long been criticized for his anti-free speech policies, including his move to amend the Criminal Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act to criminalize any “communication that expresses detestation or vilification of an individual or group of individuals on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination.” That regulation of speech was criticized for its vague terms to prevent “social media platforms, [from being] used to threaten, intimidate, bully and harass people, or used to promote racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, misogynistic and homophobic views that target communities, put people’s safety at risk and undermine Canada’s social cohesion or democracy.”

Having Justice Trudeau speak out on the protection of free speech is akin to Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud speaking out on the protection of the free press … it is simply not his strong suit.


73 thoughts on “Oh Canada: Trudeau Denounces China for its Failure to Allow Protests Over Covid Policies”

  1. Just like Canada the U.S. was requiring proof of vaccination to enter the country. That is except for those entering the country through the southern border. That’s because people entering through the southern border are not susceptible to the Covid virus. You just don’t understand?

  2. Lost in the shuffle of all these comments is the fact that China sorry Canada mandated that all truckers entering Canada were required to prove that they had been vaccinated. Now, even though Covid has not disappeared Canada has changed it’s tune. https://cdllife.com/2022/canada-ends-cross-border-vaccine-mandate-truckers-call-for-u-s-to-follow-suit/. Poof the danger has disappeared. There was no proof at the time that the vaccinations were effective. Now we know that being vaccinated will not keep you from getting Covid. Excuse it if you will but the coercion in Canada was no different than the coercion in Canada. The main difference is that Canada was praised by the left and the Chinese are condemned for their equally heavy handed response. No responsibility is being taken for the damage done by Canada, the U.S. or China. All spoiled peas in the same pod.

  3. Trudeau certainly deserves criticism for enflaming the truckers before they got to Ottawa by smearing their protest and their patriotism. This was stupid and deserving of condemnation. Invoking the draconian Emergencies Act, then revoking it a day or two later, was unnecessary and also stupid.

    But professor Turley neglects to mention that after a month of blockades at the border and their vehicular siege of Parliament Hill, not just the government but Canadians in general were thoroughly fed up with the disruption. The feeling was “okay, you made your point, now go home”. They refused to go home. Some of the dumber ones were even demanding the overthrow of the government. When police called on them to leave, they wouldn’t. Any popular support for the protest evaporated after that.

    It’s wrong to conflate this incident with Trudeau’s self-serving version of a private conversation with the Chinese leader, which was what Xi Jinping complained about. A serious leader, which Trudeau is not, respects private talks with a major political figure. His virtue-signaling was an attempt to score cheap political points, and it failed.

    1. When police called on them to leave, they wouldn’t. Any popular support for the protest evaporated after that.

      I had similar sentiments about the Jan 6 US Capitol debacle and the 2020 election results, even if I did not vote Republican. It is undisputed the 2020 election was rigged by the liberal media outlets, Big Tech, and the four year coup orchestrated by Hillary-Obama starting before or on the day Trump was sworn into office in Jan 2017. Setting their unAmerican, Marxist tactics aside, the descent on the US Capitol by grown men and women, with tactical gear, vandalizing US property and the buildings, and battling LEO were a reflection of behaviors to be scorned. Most of us have families, careers, responsibilities, grown up daily tasks that require our attention, etc. Canadians in your scenario, extended as it was, reminded me of the Americans on January 6 who comported themselves without any cares in the world save their rage like the Canadians. If both of these groups only exerted a fraction of their energies in raising Godly families, acting like faithful Jews, Christians or Muslims, or any amalgamation therein, our countries would not be swirling around the drain

      However if the Jan 6 anarchists go to prison, they should be preceded by the BLM ANTIFA anarchists and their many enablers in the DNC MSM.

    2. Mike you total ignored the abuse of power by Trudeau. Does he have the power to freeze common citizens bank accounts. The police were will with in the law to drag the semis away. But freezing bank acounts without due process? And not just Truckers. Absolutely any person Trudeau wanted to harass. Anything as simple as handing out bottled water in support, froze your cash.

    3. Mike Hornbrook, do you think that the vaccine mandate for the truckers would have been lifted without the truckers protest? In the U.S. there have been strikes that became unpopular but these strikes resulted in a change of policies that benefited the workers. The workers in the U.S. did not stand down until their demands were met. They were even imprisoned for their protest. Public popularity has nothing to do with whether or not a cause is righteous. Your argument has no understanding of the history of protest that has occurred in order to redress the plight of the working men and women. It is only shared by the effete.

    4. Mike Hornbrook, okay steel workers you’ve made your point now go home. Okay coal miners you’ve made your point now go home. Okay United Farm workers you’ve made your point now go home. Okay Service Workers Union you’ve made your point now go home. Okay truckers you’ve made your point now go home. No progress was ever made until discomfort was caused by people who were treated unfairly. They did not stand down and go home as you would have advised them to do.

    5. You are misrepresenting the sentiment. Most people where I live wanted the government tyranny to end. They had no problem with the unbelievably peaceful demonstrations. And as for the cranks, grant bristow lest we forget.

    6. Mike Hornbrook
      Except what you are saying is a lie.
      This protest was broadly supported by Canadians, by the millions. The protests are what ended many of the mandates across the country- you’re welcome. The only people that did not support it were the mask Karens and liberals, who are easily frightened and controlled.

      No border crossings were closed for a month, truck protest in Ottawa started Jan 29 ended Feb 21 – for a total of 23 days
      Coutts Crossing was blockaded partially for 11 days allowing some traffic through, completely for 7 days for a total of 18 days. Jan 29- Feb 15
      Ambassador Bridge partial close Feb 7 fully closed Feb 8 opened Feb13
      Bluewater Bridge was never fully closed only slowed down
      Emerson Manitoba Crossing closed Feb 10, opened Feb 16

    7. “Canadians in general were thoroughly fed up with the disruption.”

      In their fight against tyrany and for individual liberty, the Colonists endured some *seven years* of “disruption.”

      Apparently, some in the West have a much shorter attention span.

  4. ” He previously was praised for his stance against Cuba’s crackdown on protesters”.

    Trudeau is a leftist. That means he neither has to be consistent nor logical.

  5. Prime Minister Black Face can say anything because of our ridiculously biased media. It is just a northern version of our new nation of Doublestandardstan. It’s 1984 and we are all Winston Smith. Well at least conservatives are Winston.

  6. “Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau left many of us gobsmacked . . .”(JT)

    He is merely taking a page out of the tyrant’s handbook, chapter titled: “Deflection.” It’s an ages-old deceit: “You think you have it bad here? Look how horrible life is over there. Now be thankful. And obey.”

  7. I do not think the kind of protests in China can be compared to what happened in Canada. Protesters in Canada are given a lot of room to protest. It was several weeks of blocked bridges and roads before Trudeau stepped in. They are free to call for Trudeau’s removal from power without repurcussions. The citizens of China would be lucky to have such rights.

    1. “. . . without repurcussions (sic).”

      Apparently, you were not paying attention to, or wish to evade, those repercussions.

    2. It was several weeks before biden stepped in and told trudumb to see how much authoritarian BS he could get away with, include asset forfeiture. Trudumb should have been removed from power by force because of the timeliness required to account for the consequences of his authoritarian cowardice, same with the twit and twat of AUS and NZ.

    3. @sophomore – the Emergencies Act was invoked without proper authority. THAT is what the problem is. And if you understood how Canada’s election map works and our parliamentary system, you’d understand why removing that little prick isn’t as easy as you think it is.

  8. These moves by Justine simply magnify the hypocrisy of his rule. He is by definition simply a power obsessed narcissist who has shown he will stop at nothing. He has no self awareness at all. And i doubt that he cares. Maybe also a sociopath but not quite up to snuff as a psychopath. His rule, compared to that of his father, which I remember, argues strongly for the genetic predisposition of passing on recessive traits. Do as I say not as I do. Hard to watch his utter slap down of protesters in Canada and being cheered on by he totally non-aware Joe Biden, who also fails the test for a self aware intelligence. I think therefore I am. Joe does not pass the “think” part and never has.

  9. Ironic, to say the least. After all image is everything in the modern world, and to blast China keeps his image afloat, as did his crackdown against his own people (in the eyes of the left).

    “The king is a tyrant whether we say so or not. We might as well say so.” (“1776”. Jefferson to Mr. Thomson)

  10. I wish there was something intelligent that could be said about this man and his actions, but there isn’t. Perhaps he did spend too much time watching cartoons as a child as his father feared it would have a detrimental effect on his IQ.

    1. “. . . a detrimental effect on his IQ.”

      Trudeau is evil, but he is not stupid. He knows exactly what he is doing.

      He’s like a husband rationalizing his abuse: “A black eye? Ah, c’mon. The disobedient wife next door got a broken leg. Consider yourself lucky.”

  11. Trudeau wants to be a big boy, but watching him get spanked by Xi showed us that he is a wannabe.

    But a dangerous, amoral manchild.

  12. Trudeau bashes China for tyranny? Right out of the Onion. Insert my Tucker Carlson laughter.

    Sorry tyrants 100 million plus gun owners with 700 million guns and billions of round of ammo in the hand of citizens.

    It’s inevitable our government will go Full Red Guard.

    Say When.

  13. Trudeau always gives me the impression of a kid trying to keep up with the big boys, so he has to be twice as hypocritical, twice as authoritarian, and twice as stupid.

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