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article imageOp-Ed: Will Canadians sacrifice liberty in the name of security?

By Andrew Moran     Oct 24, 2014 in Politics
Ottawa - Soon after the deadly terrorist attacks earlier this week, most people were terrified (once again) of the possible threat of more terrorist attempts in Canada.
However, what people should be more concerned is the risk of sacrificing our liberty all in the name of security.
For several hours this week, the general public metastasized into a paranoid population. This type of worrisome nature usually justifies all three levels of government as well as law enforcement in turning every facet of our cities into nothing more than a police state.
In the United States, Americans are bombarded with constant warnings that al-Qaeda, ISIL and even the Chinese will attack the Land of the Free, either through violence or cyber infiltration. Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the civil liberties of 300 million Americans have evaporated by elected officials because, according to these politicians, the country cannot remain safe unless their liberties are violated.
With the recent shooting in Ottawa, Canadians' liberties have come into question. Will Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his cohorts in the House of Commons propose legislation that would greatly undermine the rights of 30 million Canadians? Let's certainly hope not.
Unfortunately, the record of the current big government incumbents is exactly that: big government. Since being elected into office, the military capabilities of Canada have greatly expanded, while our international involvement has also been immensely enhanced. These acts establish a terrible precedent for future minority and majority governments, no matter what their party affiliation may be.
Meanwhile, we face a near $1 trillion national debt with no political party having any plans to address this devastating figure.
Perhaps we're too typhlotic to the inherent dangers of government: we elected Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals in Ontario, Alberta gave the Progressive Conservatives another government and we provided the prime minister and his Conservatives a majority a few years ago. Now, we're on the verge of handing Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party at least a minority government next year.
Indeed, Canadians should consider the threats of terrorism within the borders of the Great White North. At the same time, we have to ponder and debate why there are these atrocious incidents happening in the first place: Canada participated in a decade-long war in Afghanistan with nothing to show for it, we're intervening in Iraq and we have been nothing more than a lapdog to the Obama administration in regards to foreign policy (think Libya in 2011).
Blowback has made its triumphant debut in the borders of Canada.
If Canada simply minded its own business and handled its own affairs - the Senate scandal, the billion-dollar boondoggles and allegations of election fraud - then perhaps we'd be more secure. Other countries haven't intervened into the internal affairs of foreign governments and they're still safe and lack any credible threats of terrorism: Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Sweden and many more.
Moving forward, the future government, whether it's Trudeau's Grits, Mulcair's New Democrats or Harper's Tories, needs to seriously consider removing itself from the antiquated post-WWII era of NATO, the United Nations and following the orders put forward by the U.S. We have our own resources and our own problems to deal with.
By maintaining the status quo and remaining insouciant about the expansion of government, we'll just persist in getting ourselves into trouble, while the average Canadian's rights will dwindle. Isn't it bad enough our economic rights have been pretty much eradicated? Let's not lose the rights guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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