Canada: the World’s Most Comfortable Gulag

David Solway07 May, 2022 6 Min Read
Learning to live with fascism, one edict at a time.

In an editorial for the Epoch Times, Patricia Adams and Lawrence Solomon describe Canada as the world’s largest prison and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as “the world’s foremost jailer.” In a country of 38 million, they write, reprising a Justice Centre bulletin, 6 million unvaccinated citizens are forbidden to travel by train, ship or plane and are effectively prevented from leaving the country, which is to say that a cohort of over 15 percent are prisoners in their own land.

The 2022 Federal Budget approves funding for three more years of continuing vaccine mandates for travel: “All travelers now departing from Canadian airports, on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, or on cruise ships (or non-essential passenger vessels on voyages of 24 hours or more) must be fully vaccinated, with very limited exceptions.” The unvaccinated, as they say, can take a hike. But the Trudeau government will not stop with the de facto incarceration of its dissident citizens. The docket of authoritarian acts grows longer by the day.

The government has recently passed Bill C-4, amending the Criminal Code in order to target what is pejoratively and misguidedly called “conversion therapy,” that is, the right of parents to act on behalf of their children’s wellbeing by counselling against gender modification and chemical transgender treatments. The government has contended that conversion therapy reflects “myths and stereotypes about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2) communities” and that practices that “reinforce heteronormative and cis-normative ideas… [are] harmful.”

La torture par l'espérance.

This bizarre document is framed in such a way as to give the impression that LGBTQ2 orientation is actually the default sexual status. Protecting one’s children’s biological sexual identity is now a criminal offense, leading to children being removed from the home and becoming wards of the state, an act of totalitarian state terror. Naturally, couples without children are spared the trauma; many appear to be indifferent or are even unaware of such an atrocity.

The federal government is pondering legislation, such as Bills  C-11 and C-18, also known as the Online Streaming Act, analogous to the U.S. government’s just created Disinformation Governance Board, which will increase regulation of the Internet to combat what the government conveniently calls “disinformation.” People will no longer be free to express their personal convictions online without fear of cancellation or even worse.

The next step is the newly formed Canada Financial Crimes Agency (CFCA), clearly intended to block popular crowdfunding sources such as those upon which the Truckers Freedom Convoy relied. Legitimate protests will be starved of financial support. Individuals who donate to such movements will also be exposed to financial penalties.

Furthermore, not content with having bought off the Canadian print media with lavish multi-million-dollar “gifts,” Justin Trudeau has established a so-called Qualified Canadian Journalism Organization (QCJO) which renders certain unfavored news outlets like Rebel News ineligible for tax credits and other programs. According to the assessment of the Canadian Revenue Agency, (CRA) “Rebel News does not produce original news content, on the basis that the content was found to be largely opinion-based and focused on the promotion of one particular perspective.” For such federal agencies, truthful reporting by independent sources unbeholden to government subsidies, a rarity in this country, can only be partisan opinion to be suppressed or rendered difficult to locate.

The Trudeau government is now considering implementing a digital ID program, paired with a digital currency, in which all our financial, health, social media and other accreditation records, such as social insurance number, drivers license, vaccine status, etc., will be stored in one area, an apparatus promoted by Great Reset protocols and resembling China’s “Social Credit” and Central Bank Digital Currency systems where citizens’ every action can be tightly monitored and controlled.

These communication technologies and currency manipulations are tantamount to human rights violation machines. Using the FINTRAC system, originally meant to survey money laundering and terrorist financing operations, the government can shut down bank accounts without court warrants and suspend credit cards and other financial assets at will. The resemblance to the National Socialists' Enabling Act of March 23, 1933, especially Article 2 which specified that “laws enacted by the Government may deviate from the Constitution,” is quite distressing. In the present context, mutatis mutandis, the April 26, 1938 Decree for the Reporting of Jewish-Owned Property, effectively freezing the assets of Jews at a certain prescribed limit, is no less disturbing.

That is only the beginning. As political commentator Diana Sitek writes, “We are becoming monetized data,” an apt phrase. One’s “digital wallet” can be pilfered at any time by the government, a form of digital mugging. “Creating digital IDs and digital currency,” warns The Trumpet, “is all about government control.” The political authority would know everything there is to know about us, track our movements and activities, and intervene at any time to “shut us down.” These are the kinds of measures adopted by a police state. The right to hold “unacceptable views,” the freedom to dissent from the government line and its authoritarian agenda, and the ability to lead our lives as we see fit, are being efficiently suffocated.

Admittedly, at present, we are experiencing what seems to be the lull before the storm. Many of the coercive Covid mandates, for example, have been relaxed. We enjoy a degree of municipal freedom. My wife and I can now shop unmasked and patronize restaurants for the first time in the better part of a year. We no longer need a QR code to visit the planetarium, scope out the museums and theaters, take in a movie or a symphony, attend a wine tasting, or enjoy the paintings of my favorite Canadian painter Jack Shadbolt at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, which I had been unable to visit though it is only a half hour’s drive away.

Within the confines of our cage, we are now reasonably comfortable. But as former CF-18 fighter pilot and Aviation Project Engineer Major Russ Cooper, president and CEO of the C3RF non-profit, points out, “The mere cancelling of pandemic measures on the heels of their seasonal recession is just not good enough. What good would it do if all of the same factors were allowed to combine in a future emergency so that Canadians, once again, were forced into a ‘Gulag’?”

He is right, of course. Under the demagogic rule of Justin Trudeau, there is every likelihood that our assets will be frozen, a sixth, seventh or eighth politically manufactured "viral wave" will force us to mask up again or remain indoors, articles such as this one will be inaccessible as constituting “hate speech” or, according to the aforementioned proposed Parliamentary bills and more to come, causing “online harms,” and the vaccine passports, as noted, will be reintroduced and extended for travel. A redoubtable fighter for civil rights, former Newfoundland and Labrador premier and the last living signatory to the 1982 Canadian Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms the Honourable Brian Peckford is currently mounting a Federal Court challenge to the ban, but I fear, despite his qualified confidence, that the outcome remains problematic.

Solzhenitsyn tried to warn us.

Canada is in the global forefront of these malignant initiatives. Justin Trudeau, as some believe, may be a nasty piece of work but he is not, in himself, to be condemned solely. He is the people’s doppelgänger, a projection of the vaxxed majority who believe in the validity of his despotic measures and proclamations, who care nothing for the Constitution, are content to have their rights and liberties gradually erased, have no objection to becoming digitized, and have learned to hate as virulently as does the prime minister. “Populace duped, politicians deranged,” summarizes Peter Smith in The Pipeline.

Put another way, Trudeau is a “social construct,” invented by the electorate. The moment the public sees through the façade of counterfeit charm and smarmy concern for “the Canadian people,” Trudeau would vanish in a puff of Woke. Regrettably, none of this is likely to happen. We have nothing like the American 2022 midterms to mitigate the advent of despotism. We are stuck with Trudeau and the Liberal/NDP coalition deal until 2025 and perhaps longer, by which time Canada will have ceased to exist as a liberal democracy. As Milan Kundera presciently wrote of the totalitarian dream in The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, once it “starts to turn into reality, however, here and there people begin to crop up who stand in its way, and so the rulers of paradise must build a little gulag on the side of Eden. In the course of time this gulag grows ever bigger and more perfect.”

Former prime minister Pierre Trudeau famously said that the state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation. Neither does the state, as Peter Menzies writes, have any business in the newsrooms of the nation. No less true is that the state has no place in the bank accounts and private affairs of its citizens, a lesson the son has failed to assimilate. The major lesson the Son of Pierre has no intention of learning is that a tyrannical regime has no place in the life of a democratic nation. But this is what we have come to expect. Barring an unforeseen change of course, a dark future is fast foreclosing. Sauve qui peut.

David Solway is a Canadian poet and essayist. His most recent volume of poetry, The Herb Garden, appeared in spring 2018. His manifesto, Reflections on Music, Poetry & Politics, was released by Shomron Press in spring 2016. He has produced two CDs of original songs: Blood Guitar and Other Tales and Partial to Cain, on which he was accompanied by his pianist wife Janice Fiamengo. His latest book is Notes from a Derelict Culture.

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9 comments on “Canada: the World’s Most Comfortable Gulag”

  1. After working for a year and a half trying to convince our leaders to drop the vaccine mandates, lockdowns, and closures, and "pivot" to use our preexisting, prewritten Provincial "pandemic influenza plans" managed by their well trained and qualified Provincial emergency management agencies, I said the hell with it and moved to New Hampshire. Here I am greeted by mostly unmasked people with smiles on their face fully exercising their individual freedom and sovereignty. Full employment stimulated by reduced taxes and government regulations by local, regional and state governments keeping their budgets in surplus enabled businesses to grow and thrive, that, in turn, enabled its citizens to regain their prosperity view of a positive future. Each state is a sovereign country that can decide on its own path to improve and sustain itself because each state, unlike Canada, can reject Federal attempts to control and retard their success. I expect those in Canada, that are fed up with their loss in freedom and threat to their family prosperity, will select a welcoming US state to move themselves, their families and businesses too.

  2. Yes I agree. Conservatives have to learn to fight to win, not just to appear to be fighting, as our leadership candidates for the CPC are doing right now. Take climate change for example. The greatest threat to our primary revenue in this country is the climate scare yet none of the candidates dare bring it up in opposition. We had a booth at the strong and free networking conference here in Ottawa last week and many many Grassroots conservatives were opposed to The Climate scare yet not a single one of the leaders are prepared to even attack it, instead, they meekly accepting that they have to force policies to reduce co2 emissions to get elected. But what's the point in getting a conservative government elected if they're too frightened to address what is almost certainly the greatest threat to Canada's future prosperity?

  3. Not exactly. All those oaths are more ceremonial than anything. The problem is we don’t have a Constitution. We don’t have enshrined rights. We have a bogus document that enshrines a lack of rights. Our Charter of Rights and Freedoms has two giant outs for any despot. It takes precedence in law. Canada has always been a dictatorship of the PM. We have only had relatively benign PMs who didn’t overstep their boundaries. It was only a question of time. Justin is a compromised stupid drug addict with some questionable sexual habits, ie he has been compromised. We in the West must separate and form a Union of provinces with some real safeguards; we need a proper charter of rights.

  4. Michael…then they win.
    Better encourage everyone to have many children, and teach them to fight.

  5. If I were a Canadian, I wouldn't dare to have children. And I would try to persuade as many people as possible not to have children. It's better not to have lived than to live in a Canada ruled by Trudeau.

  6. Do people not see that we are in a totalitarian state. This is communism in the making where you will only get one TV channel that will state 24 hours per day of a statement brought to you by the state on how wonderful the state is. You will line up to buy inferior food, if available. You will have nothing, be crowded in an apartment, courtesy of the state and told to be happy.
    My parents came from that. Never would have believed we are headed in that direction

  7. Too many judges are Masons in Canada, and they support wholeheartedly the social engineering to the (literal) death of mankind as we know it. In the US there's always a chance that a legal challenge to tyranny will meet an honest judge.

  8. I think Canada's problem is the same as Australia's, New Zealand's and in many ways the US's, ie, the Queen is in charge. In the US it often seems that we're still subjects of the UK monarchy. The US political class loves monarchies. In any case, I read that Trudeau had to take 3 oaths of office, 2 of which were related to the Queen. One of those two describes Trudeau as a member of the Queen's privy council and states that he must keep all matters discussed there secret:
    "The office of [Canada] Prime Minister is still merely primus inter pares, first among equals. You can’t become Prime Minister (or cabinet minister) without first being a member of the [Queen's] Privy Council. It is this large group of Her Majesty’s advisers that Justin Trudeau became ‘first among’."
    "“The Canadian Oath of Office,” 11/9/2015, Maple Monarchists
    “Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister...Wednesday [Nov. 4, 2015]. The process of being sworn in as a Prime Minister of Canada involves three separate oaths. The first was the Oath of Allegiance:
    I, __________, do swear (declare) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors.
    So help me God.
    The Oath of Allegiance is a requirement for assuming many
    high offices in Canada as well as forming part of the Oath of
    Citizenship sworn by those who wish to join the Canadian
    family. The Oath of Allegiance is often taken along with other
    specific oaths (as it is here). The second oath Justin Trudeau
    took...was the Oath of the Members of the
    Privy Council:
    I, __________, do solemnly and sincerely swear (declare) that I shall be a true and faithful servant to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second,
    as a member of Her Majesty’s Privy Council for Canada.
    I will in all things to be treated, debated and resolved in Privy Council, faithfully, honestly and truly declare my mind and my opinion. I shall keep secret all matters committed and revealed to me in this capacity, or that shall be secretly treated of in Council. Generally, in all things I shall do as a faithful and true servant ought to do for Her Majesty. So help me God....
    While both oaths require sworn loyalty to the
    sovereign, the context is different. The first is a promise to be a
    loyal Canadian, to do no harm to her Majesty (or her heirs),
    and to present yourself as a friend to Canada. The second oath
    is a promise (while also upholding loyalty) to do one’s duty for
    Canada. To finish everything off Justin Trudeau also took the
    Oath of Office:
    I, _________, do solemnly and sincerely promise and swear (declare) that I will truly and faithfully, and to the best of my skill and knowledge, execute the powers and trusts reposed in me as ….So help me God.
    This is the only oath that does not require swearing some sort
    of loyalty to the sovereign. This makes a bit more sense when
    you consider that the office of Prime Minister is still merely primus inter pares, first among equals. You can’t become Prime Minister (or cabinet minister) without first being a member of the Privy Council. It is this large group of Her Majesty’s advisers that Justin Trudeau became ‘first among’. There has been a tendency to concentrate power into the Office of the Prime Minister over the years. This slow-motion presidentialization of the office is one thing that the new Prime Minister has promised to fix. It remains to be seen as to whether he will follow through and become once again first among Her Majesty’s servants or continue to think of themselves as over mighty presidential wannabes."

  9. Canada has many problems of which these you relate are only the latest. It needs a root and branch shake-up to sort it all out once and for all. I have been to Canada a few times and to an outsider what needs to be done to bring Canada back to being Canada is obvious.

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