Over the last few years, the presence of cranes and construction on Parliament Hill has become so normal as to be an afterthought, the noise just part of the background, like protesters or green buses.
When they’re shouting their mantra of jobs, jobs, and more jobs, Canada’s politicos are doing nothing but generating misleading noise, regardless of whether it’s the government trumpeting its unbeatable record or the opposition complaining of the government’s unacceptable failures.
Alain Philippon, the Canadian who was arrested and charged for not divulging to border authorities the password to his smartphone, was arguably a victim of excessive policing. But one thing’s less arguable: the federal agency that charged him, and the people from whom it gets its orders, victimize many people from abroad on a regular basis.
“I could never live the way you do.”