Asher Honickman, Editors' Choice, Leonid Sirota, Rail Blockades

Asher Honickman, Editors' Choice

Opinion: In a free society, the government can, and sometimes must, direct the police

Opinion: In a free society, the government can, and sometimes must, direct the police

25.2.2020

Opinion: In a free society, the government can, and sometimes must, direct the police

Asher Honickman and Leonid Sirota : Police independence is an important concept, but it must be interpreted relatively narrowly

Executive power has long been thought to be the greatest danger to the rule of law. While all three branches of the state — legislature, executive and judiciary — are capable of undermining legality, the executive can wield arbitrary power swiftly and without warning, with the entire might of the state at its disposal. For the most part, this takes the form of aggressive action that goes beyond what the law permits.

Inaction can be just as threatening to the rule of law as over-actionIn the context of criminal investigations, police independence is required by the rule of law. It ensures that investigations do not become partisan witch hunts, and, conversely, that friends of the government are not protected from being arrested and charged. But where the enforcement of court orders and the law more generally is concerned, the rule of law cuts the other way. Concerns about partisan misuse of the state’s coercive power are out of place when it comes to the enforcement of orders made by independent courts following a fair hearing, or generally of laws enacted by democratically elected representatives. In these and other contexts, the rule of law requires the oversight, not the independence, of the police.

It is ironic, to say the least, that the same government that last year ran roughshod over a well-established understanding of prosecutorial independence would now hang its hat on an expansive version of police independence that finds no support in our law or good sense. It is true that the federal and provincial governments should not direct the police with respect to the precise details of the operation — how to proceed, whom to arrest, etc. — but they absolutely have the jurisdiction to effect policy more generally by ordering the police to bring an end to illegal blockades.



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cselley The government is directing the police. In this case not to interfere with the First Nations. The OPP look like idiots watching people break the law but their hands are tied by politicians in T.O. Justin Trudeau has stated and we are seeing g his belief police decide which laws to obey. This is precursor to his ideology of UN TROOPS enforcing control. History shows police are ALWAYS under the control of the advancing dictator who eliminates freedoms then brings in police.

When police take orders from the government they are serving the state. When that becomes the norm, the people become the enemy of the state. PatriotLov Trudeau is not in charge in Canada and he certainly will not be in charge of China, France, Russia, the US and the UK on the Security Council with the UN-your tax dollars at work where ever he goes -nothing will get done

No because we are international democracy never national. In Greece,only strong nation create good democracy for Citizens.Trudeau created international democracy and made slaves in his nation(dictatorship) what means one nation death (Canadian citizens)for the world democracy Well at least you stopped screaming about 'Lavscam'

Crack some heads Arrest and remove send in riot police. Find out who they are and launch a civil lawsuit for loss revenue. Everyone one of those asshats need to be held accountable The government needs to govern for the many not the few, it must govern with facts with eyes looking to the future, it must govern for the strength of the country not individuals, if the country does not prosper neither do individuals. Blocking infrastructure blocks the future

It's clear the Trudeau Liberals do and have been manipulating their public discourse to their advantage when talking about [their] powers over police/justice/rule of law. This is the tactuc of a dishonest, untrustworthy Lib. gov. that deserves a no-confidence vote in parliament. All police want is politicians to have their back if it gets messy

A ‘complex dream’: Universities are experiencing a crisis as they struggle to find their purposeThe institutions and the people in them do not seem certain about what they are for anymore, nor how they fit into civil society Gee I wonder why. They're too busy being politically correct. They used to be about learning and discussing multiple sides of issues. Research. Investigating. Peer reviews. Now just caving to whiny kids and extracting as much cash as possible They have become nothing but indoctrination camps for leftist ideology

Opinion: how many actually believe Trudeau govt didn't direct the RCMP investigation on Vice Admiral Norman? Who believes the Trudeau govt did not tell the RCMP to stand down on SNC Lavalin? Who told the RCMP to stand down on nation wide blockades? Corrupt at the highest levels. Maybe, but it’s a slippery slope.

When you have laws for special interest groups and another for ordinary Canadians, then I wonder if we really do live in an open and free society. What happened to freedom of speech? Or is that just for private industry in this apparently “free” society? When hasn't a free society paid for it in lives. A knuckleheaded statement. Direct the police oh ouch!

The way democracies survive is when the police aren’t willing to kill people for the amusement of rich people and their pathetic toadies like Asher Honickman. This man is getting sexually aroused at the idea of using “the law” as an excuse to beat people I thought that’s what civilian control of the police meant.

Haiti police exchange fire with troops near national palaceHaitian police officers exchanged gunfire for hours Sunday with soldiers of the newly reconstituted army outside the national palace, in a dangerous escalation of protests over police pay and working conditions.

Here’s What Happens When Public Transit Is FreeCities in the U.S. and around the world are making buses and trains free for residents, aiming to increase equality and tackle pollution. The REAL reason why Public Transit isn’t free: STUNNING & HABITUAL waste of public funds from politicians (on ALL sides of the political spectrum) that just feel that taxation is a free source of revenue that can be increased at will with no oversight or consequence. In Canada transit systems are grossly underfunded because our culture sees public transportation as transportation for the poor and the folks who can’t drive. That’s why the service is always barely adequate to substandard.

Calgary police investigate shooting in downtown coreThere were no injuries or any property damage, but police said evidence was found at the scene that indicated there was a shooting in the area. & This interests us here in Toronto, why? You going to report every shooting in Canada? 🤔 They should ban guns in Calgary too; like John Tory & Colonel Saunders of Toronto have solved? 🤔 In JohnTory's shithole, formerly known as Toronto, this is now so common it barely gets mentioned by mainstream media.

Ontario Police Attempt To Remove Rail Blockade On Mohawk TerritoryOPP officers are moving to clear the blockade near Belleville, Ont., after a deadline was ignored About time.... but this will be another Trudeau fail It’s about bloody time!

Ontario Rail Blockade Survives Past Deadline On Mohawk TerritoryProtesters were given until midnight to clear the tracks, but they refused Surprise! Maybe it’s about time we boycott buying things from Natives...like illegal pot....illegal cigarettes....and illegal guns.....



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