Blockade shows double standard
Lorne Gunter, National Post
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2007
If my neighbour and I have a dispute over a piece of land we both claim to own, and he currently lives on the parcel in question, but I drive my truck onto it and stand there with a shotgun refusing to let him or anyone else come on, how long before you think police are going to arrest me?
Now say my neighbour and his family have farmed that land for 100 years — or 200 — and they have the title to it, and all I have is a story my mother used to tell about how my great-great-great- grandfather once roamed this same property, but I get out my Hibachi and my homemade flag for the Republic of Lorne, and pitch my tent across the entrance to settle in for a lengthy camp-out.
Sure, police negotiators are going to try for a few hours to talk me off the land, but the minute I nod off — or threaten violence — a SWAT team is going to swoop in and cart me off.
But everything changes if I’m native. The laws by which all other Canadians must abide and normal police procedures no longer apply. Even if my neighbour wins an injunction ordering me off, police are going to be told to sit by, day after day, month after month, while I grill up burgers and insist my ancestor never meant to give up the property.
One government or another might even step up and buy out my neighbour, just so the politicians can avoid having to tell me I’m wrong. And all because, for politicians, the rule of law is trumped by political correctness and the cult of victimhood.