Mr. Wilson kindly gave me permission to reprint it on VoiceofCanada.
Thought this was a free democracy
Doug Wilson, Hagersville
Over a year ago I wrote a letter comparing our O.P.P.’s policing to pre Nazi Germany when their police allowed Hitler’s “Brown Shirt” gangs to terrorize Jewish citizens with no fear of prosecution. At that time I hoped the force we were calling our O.P.P. would mend itself internally given time but this has not happened.
Our O.P.P. is headed by Mr. Fantino who seems to be on his own ego trip. In his opinion laws are his to apply or not apply at his discretion according to your race. Should this make the citizens of Caledonia and area feel protected and served? I think not! Should the native “Protesters” feel empowered? I think so!
I felt I lived in a free Democracy until two years ago. I would read of citizens in other countries fearing their police and its power and wondered why such things happen but I now see how easily men can be misled in their duty. Until now I felt men like Gary McHale and Doug Fleming had the right under our laws to an opinion and the right to express it. Apparently not according to Mr. Fantino and our council! That we have a council spewing the same rhetoric as Mr. Fantino and blaming those who take a stand for their rights for all Caledonia problems appalls me.
In this latest fiasco over the “eyesores” called Smoke shops the citizens who dared defy Fantino’s lack of law enforcement were once again taught a lesson as peaceful protesters were arrested by police and assaulted by natives. Do the townspeople dare to oppose their “masters” again? I hope so.
Fear – do you feel it if a police officer stops you on the street? No yet? What about when they crush the last resistance to their lack of rule of law. When we accept that we can live under Fantino’s thumb and be good little citizens will the problems go away? No, but the fear will deepen.
Thank you, Doug!
Thanks so much for speaking out, Doug. Your voice means a great deal.
Mark Vandermaas, Editor
Co-founder, Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality
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