By Gary McHale – www.CaledoniaWakeupCall.com
There are times in the history of a Country where true leadership is required to deal with issues that go beyond the normal issues facing Governments. No Government wishes to have these times thrust upon them and no citizen looks forward to such times either.
In the Fall of 1970, Canada faced such a time. I was eight years old and had no interest in anything but playing games. I am sure few adults in Canada had any clue anything was escalating until events overtook the Country.
At the time Pierre Elliott Trudeau was the Prime Minister of Canada and was faced with a small group within Quebec who felt they were justified to commit illegal acts because of their historical grievances.
Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) was founded in the early 1960s – more info. This group had been responsible for more than 200 bombings and the deaths of at least five people, which culminated in 1970 with what is known as the October Crisis. Founded in the early 1960s, they supported the Quebec sovereignty movement.
Pierre Elliot Trudeau was forced to decide whether to appease this terrorist group who had taken advantage of the heart felt views of many people in Quebec. Trudeau could have dealt with this situation by offering money, by releasing prisoners and by allowing FLQ members free access to the media for their Manifesto.
On Oct. 13th, Tim Ralfe of the CBC had an impromptu interview with Trudeau, but Trudeau questioned the reporter by asking, “Is your position that you should give in to the seven demands of the FLQ?” The reporter raised the point that Canada doesn’t have a big enough military to protect everyone in the country. Trudeau then asked the reporter, “So, what do you suggest – that we protect nobody?”
The media had been calling the FLQ members who were in jail ‘political prisoners’ but Trudeau said to the reporter, “I said that you people should stop calling them political prisoners. They’re not political prisoners, they’re outlaws. They’re criminal prisoners, they’re not political prisoners, and they’re bandits.” “I think it is more important to get rid of those who are committing violence against the total society and those who are trying to run the government through a parallel power by establishing their authority by kidnapping and blackmail. And I think it is our duty as a government to protect government officials and important people in our society against being used as tools in this blackmail” stated Trudeau.
History has recorded that Trudeau decided not to give in to blackmail. Trudeau stated, “there are a lot of bleeding hearts around who just don’t like to see people with helmets and guns. All I can say is, go on and bleed, but it is more important to keep law and order in the society than to be worried about weak-kneed people who don’t like the looks of…
Canada has had its share of homegrown terrorists with the FLQ and with the rise of the Warrior Society.
We have seen armed conflict with a small group of extreme radicals who have hi-jacked the native culture and are using the land claims issue as a means to gain power and money from the Government
Our web site was the first to expose the YouTube training video that had been created to encourage the direct attack upon the Railway lines across Canada. We sent this video to both CSIS and CN Police before any media covered the story.
Canada’s Anti-Terrorism laws are quite clear, but the political will to arrest natives who have broken such laws currently does not exist. The current McGuinty Government and Harper Government are interested in one thing only… their re-election campaigns.
What Harper and McGuinty has done is to buyout the very people who have committed the criminal acts in the first place. Instead of upholding the laws of Canada our leaders now pay people to stop committing crimes. This is bad enough if the future didn’t hold an even worse situation for Canadians.
What message has the Government been sending to all the people who have protested in peace? What message do they send to all the Natives who work within the system to bring about change? All the people who stand peacefully without committing any crimes will see that violence, threats, and illegal acts are rewarded.
All Countries are faced with hard decisions. All Countries have to deal with both their past and their present. True leaders make decisions that look forward to the future when they act.
The billions of dollars announced by Harper & McGuinty to stop the June 29 Day of Action is nothing more than appeasement.
It sends the wrong message to the peaceful people who function within the system. It sends the wrong message to the criminals & terrorists that Governments will reward you for your crimes. Regardless of what happens on June 29, Canada has already lost.
The ‘Rule of Law’ is no longer enforced. Multiculturalism is now dead because all people are no longer equal under the law. Terrorists & Criminals now make their demands on National TV.