Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Where Quebec gets it right (for once)

Ottawa police have enforced itOttawa has suggested it; and Toronto has implemented it.

Yet there's nothing in Ontario's Highway Traffic Act which prohibits individuals from purposely blocking roads, or delaying and obstructing traffic?

Granted, the Charter allows individuals to peacefully associate and assemble.  But since when does that right override everyone else's right to not be affected by such an assembly?

In Compass Group Canada (Heath Services) Ltd. v. Hospital Employees’ Union, [2004]
B.C.J. No. 57 (S.C.), the Supreme Court of Canada laid the ground rules for peaceful, legal assembly and protest:

  • Business at or around the assembly area is not unreasonably interfered with
  • The assembly is not impeding access to businesses in the area
  • The assembled individuals are not threatening passers-by or non-assembled individuals
  • The assembled individuals are not acting in an unruly or coercive manner

If that's the case, what right do the Idle No More protesters have to block local and inter-provincial traffic, delay the international trade of goods into the United States, block federal traffic ways (Via Rail), and intimidate passers-by who want nothing to do with the protests?

Quebec's Highway Safety Act saw individuals fined over $500 when they blocked a highway in Quebec.  Clearly, they got it right.  It's time for more provinces to shut down these illegal protests and blockades, and bring those responsible to justice.