Keep Our True North Strong and Free

Nearing the two-year mark of the pandemic, it appears that some politicians are using this crisis to indiscriminately remove our freedom and vilify certain citizens. One troubling example is our Prime Minister’s alarming hate speech scapegoating those in our country who have chosen to forego being vaccinated.

In case you missed it, Justin Trudeau lashed out during a French interview labeling the unvaccinated as “extremists who don’t believe in science, they’re often misogynists, also often racists. It’s a small group that muscles in, and we must make a choice in terms of leaders, in terms of the country. Do we tolerate these people?” 

No alarm bells there at all.

When a minority group is singled out, villainized, and dehumanized by a leader using exclusionary and divisive speech, we should collectively sound the alarm.

It appears a trickle effect is in operation as hatred and othering are becoming the modus operandi among some of our leaders. The PM’s flagrant display of prejudice seems to have given permission for other premiers to jump on the segregation bandwagon. In Quebec, those who refuse a shot will have to pay a “health tax”, or more accurately a “punishment tax”. Quebec banned the unvaccinated from retail stores over 1500 square meters such as Walmart and Costco, and from liquor and cannabis stores. In New Brunswick, there were rumblings that vendors could choose to forbid the unvaccinated from entering grocery stores until public outcry led to a reversal.

At this point, we would do well to recall The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In 1981, when it was birthed under Pierre Elliot Trudeau, it effectively secured protection to every citizen from government overreach, ensuring individual liberty and ultimate authority over their own person. The Charter drew a clear boundary so that if ever an impasse should occur, the state must bow to the citizen regardless of popular opinion held by the majority or during times of upheaval. The Constitution was to act as the citizens’ cease and desist should the government ever overstep; a proclamation that ensures the government exists to serve the citizen, and that the citizens own the state, not the reverse.

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Yet, it appears the son of the prime minister fondly remembered for bringing the Charter to life, is behaving as though it was never penned. How else can we explain that, at present, in our “free” country, those who, for various reasons, have chosen to forego injections are being name-called by our national leader as women-haters, racists, and science-deniers?

In our free country, the unvaccinated cannot frequent restaurants, gyms, city facilities, sports stadiums, museums, and theatres when they are open to others. Unvaccinated children cannot play sports, and their parents cannot watch those who still can. Many citizens may not continue their chosen livelihoods if they choose to remain unvaccinated. In certain cities, they are being restricted from entering a hospital to be with their loved ones. Ironically, the unvaccinated cannot physically enter a voting centre to cast a vote in our democratic society. They can not leave Canada.

Does this sound like the Canada we know and love? Does this sound like civil liberty for all?

If we insert other minorities formerly targeted into the above list of can not’s, doesn’t it sound eerily familiar? Are our consciences not seared by this sort of segregation? 

Perhaps we are unconcerned that this minority can no longer enter our businesses or that they must incur a fine to exercise their freedom. After all, we’re in a pandemic for heaven’s sake, and don’t they deserve punitive measures for their disagreement with the government? But heck, why stop here? While we’re at it, why not extend a health tax to smokers, drug addicts, the obese?  

Perhaps we feel protected by, and from, these strict measures, or believe they are warranted because we’ve obediently followed the repeated slogans by “doing our part” or “doing the right thing”rhetoric intentionally and effectively deployed to incite division and elicit control. But what happens when you or I choose to decline a newly mandated medical intervention, step out of line in the next restriction of social life, or are segregated due to our beliefs, our race, or yet another virus? What happens if we become the next “other”?

Are we really exasperated with the unvaccinated in our midst, or rather a government who for months has deployed uncontested edicts, mismanaged our health care system, and unlawfully held us hostage under the guise of “keeping us safe”? Combine that with an unending state of emergency, ever-changing restrictions, repeated lockdowns and censoring, and one has to wonder if it isn’t time to put the responsibility back onto the shoulders of the citizens to manage risk, and if what was perniciously stolen will ever be returned.

Governments are notoriously stingy when it comes to relinquishing any power they’ve garnered.  Conveniently, the pandemic created ripe conditionsaka mass fear—for raking in power by the fistful. In a state of despair, it was easy to convince us that such overreaches were “for our own good”. But as the narrative unravels and it becomes increasingly clear that the vaccinated can still get sick, spread the virus, and end up in hospitals, Justin Trudeau—whether to cover himself or clutch control—still seems bent on scapegoating and spewing hatred toward those darn “extremists” who refuse to do as they’re told, determined to convince us that things are never going to get better unless we get rid of the problemthe unvaccinatedunhem, the virus.

Like the regimes of the past, who maximized fear and turned citizens against one another—instead of uniting them in times of distress—if we unquestioningly follow weak leadership, we inadvertently become perpetrators of segregation and hatred. Like many such historical shifts, it’s a slippery, perhaps imperceptible slide into intolerance for those who don’t look like you or share your beliefs or viewpoint, spearheaded by an unaccountable leader blaming and threatening a minority who they deem unfit to enjoy what should be their inalienable right to freedom. 

It has been said that “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” But at what point will we say enough is enough? When this minority is denied medical treatment? When they are forced to wear an armband so we know to avoid these disease carriers? What if “to keep people safe”, as the government’s repeated mantra likes to remind us, we toss them into internment camps? Better yet, how about we outlaw the right to choose what we inject into our bodies and place those who refuse in jail for failing to submit? Heaven forbid that the vaccinated should still be getting sick and filling up the hospitals. What then? Who will be left to blame? 

It shouldn’t be difficult to detect how much of our freedom has been ravaged in such a short amount of time. Every November 11th, we gather and say, “Lest we forget”, but have we so easily forgotten that our grandparents were willing to fight, suffer, and even perish to overcome these sorts of ideologies and ensure the freedom we currently enjoy? Unless you’re in prison, freedom is not something to be earned for good behaviour. Nor should liberty be something that can be indiscriminately snatched away only to be earned back by compliance to government diktat.

We have lost our humanity when we begin to decide who deserves the right to freely participate in society. Blaming our current condition on one segment of the population is both simplistic, ridiculous, and cruel. When we assign sole responsibility to the “other” for a virus that must run its natural course, when we blame a minority for the failings of our government, for an already strained healthcare system, for a vaccine that has failed to adequately provide immunity, or for the woes of human life, we have surely lost our way.

As Canadians, are we comfortable linking hands with such hatred? Should we not apply reason and overcome our own biases, stereotypes, and fears rather than be lured into agreement by hate speech—no matter who delivers it? Will we unwittingly give permission to leaders to opportunistically dismantle individual freedom and shape us into a society that must do as their told for the collective good, or else?

Government exists to represent and serve the people, not the other way around. If it no longer behaves in such a way, we cease to live in a democracy.

We should think long and hard about which words we will use as justification to our children and grandchildren for allowing a portion of humanity’s freedom to be stripped away. Then, we should think hard about how easily it can be our own. It may be about a vaccine today, but with such overreaches, the sky is the limit. After two years of lockdowns and loss of freedom and livelihoods—and now a vaccine passport—our collective freedom is at stake. 

I believe most Canadians, and our government representatives, value freedom. That, although weary, we would still choose to uphold the sanctity of human life and our collective and individual freedom. That even if we can’t always agree, and despite all we’ve been through these past two years, we are still capable of love and compassion. That we can exercise wisdom, kindness, courageousness, and stand on guard for freedom for allnot just a selected few. We must band together, despite our differences, and care for one another.

Will we be remembered as the Canadians who joined the ranks of people using their positions of power to harm and alienate their fellow citizens, or those who banded together to hold our government officials accountable to our Charter and uphold our national freedom? We are indeed “in this together”, but instead of modeling our behaviour after those who would stoke the fires of segregation, or keep us paralyzed by fear, we would do well to dig deep and remember our country’s roots of diversity, compassion, and freedom. 

This week, our truckers are undertaking a nationwide Freedom Convoy to Ottawa as a demonstration against the vaccine mandates. Truckers from the US are even joining the peaceful protest. Worldwide, millions of citizens are banding together and marching in peaceful protests for freedom against the vaccine mandates and passports. Doctors and nurses are speaking out, despite censorship and threats of losing their license, as are scientists and professors who continue to study, access, and share real-time information regarding the vaccine’s efficacy and effectiveness, and alternative treatment protocols despite personal threats and loss of position.

If we take courage and join hands, broaden the narrative, make room for continued growth and learning, and if we don’t succumb to hatred, we will find better ways to move out of this pandemic and fear, while, most importantly, preserving our freedom and the freedom of our children.

I’ll leave you with this final quote delivered by John Stuart Mill, in 1867, at an inaugural address at the University of St. Andrews, who stated: “Let not any one pacify his conscience by the delusion that he can do no harm if he takes no part, and forms no opinion. Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing. He is not a good man who, without a protest, allows wrong to be committed in his name, and with the means which he helps to supply, because he will not trouble himself to use his mind on the subject.”

Godspeed Canada. Let’s not remain quiet but instead remain free.

10 Replies to “Keep Our True North Strong and Free”

  1. We need more people to stand up for freedom. Our fathers did not risk their lives, only to have their children stripped of freedoms very their own government.

  2. Wow, Mel, great blog. So sorry it has come to this in Canada. Ralph was telling me some of this during our last phone call. Crazy days we live in. May God give us strength to do the right thing and most important stay true to HIM and HIS word.

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    From: Melanie Stevenson Reply-To: Melanie Stevenson Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 10:13 AM To: Erik Burklin Subject: [New post] Keep Our True North Strong and Free

    Melanie Stevenson posted: ” Nearing the two-year mark of the pandemic, it appears that some politicians are using this crisis to indiscriminately remove our freedom and vilify certain citizens. One troubling example is our Prime Minister’s alarming hate speech scapegoating those in”

  3. Wow Melanie I loved that so well written and so the point and you are so wright to. This jab that don’t really work has caused so many problems yet they seem hell bent on everyone having it why? Is it about money cos it seems report’s that I have seen there’s a lot of rich people are getting a lot richer. We won’t get the jab and it’s causing us problems to but they are trying to make it mandatory. We also have a charter called the magna Carter I am sure you no, and it states every man is free and to make there own minds up. Look it up its interesting, have you seen astra zenaca have a new jab out, it’s passed in this country, it’s 80% less chance of catching covid and 70% less of passing it on and it is only 1 jab a year but its not being used its made up of androgen and antibodies sounds better than the vaccines. We would so like to go on holiday but can’t cos we are not jabbed and won’t have it just for that reason. I would love to discuss this with you on a video call or phone as we seem to be thinking the same way. And it takes me to long to text. Love Eric Xxx

  4. So well said, Melanie! My heart is aching for our nation in such division. Praying for unity and Godly leadership. Praying for the wisdom on how to stand and speak the truth in love. You’ve accomplished that.

  5. Dear Melanie

    Hello from the UK. I think excellent would be a good thing to say here. Excellent, there you are, I said it!

    Anyway, I have done various post myself on Trudeau and the ridiculous approach of his maladministration. Here in the UK as I keep trying to point out (apart from the Magna Carta that Eric above correctly mentions) we actually always had guidance on the website for those who did not retain common sense as I did.

    It did take me until June July 2020 to actually check what the government had actually had written down. I am a bit slow.

    Anyway, perhaps you would like the following which explains much of what is going on. I hope some of it may be useful in any event. Standard text adapted as required.

    “I have had my fair share of vaccines, including polio I believe. I used to think vaccines were of some use until, at 60 years of age in 2020, I researched properly. I changed my mind.

    Covid 19 is the ‘flu, dressed up as a monster to scare people, re-branded if you will. This helps big pharma etc, control the populace and make more money.

    The ‘flu is the internal toxicosis of the body, mainly via urea, partly due to metabolism of food and partly due to the many poisons in our environment which can and do enter our bodies in the air, food and water. The ‘flu cannot be transmitted to someone else as it is individual to each person.

    Unless your blood is given to someone in a blood transfusion, for example.

    Injecting poisons such as via vaccines merely adds to the toxicosis problem. Vaccines have never been of any use, it is merely that constant and persistent ‘advertising’ persuaded people that they were of use. The various deaths and harm have been well-documented over the decades. It is being documented now.

    Vitamin D deficiency is the true pandemic due to indoor working and living away from the sunshine which, if we do the right thing things, will give us vitamin D (free!). Big pharma etc. are not keen on free as they don’t make much money out of it.

    Vitamin D levels drop in the winter months, depending on latitude, due to reduced sunshine levels and as any gains in the summer months are depleted.

    Vaccines are neuro-toxins, if there is anything in them at all, as are most big pharma drugs. Therefore they are at best pointless.

    If your immune system is in good order then by and large you will tolerate a poisonous vaccine. If weakened you will suffer various side effects. If your immune system is very poor you may die.

    Boosting your immune system with vitamin D can go a long way to protecting you against the toxicosis, but vitamin C is very good as an anti-oxidant to help flush the toxins out of your system. By and large you should be able to gain your vitamins etc from good, untainted food. Highly processed foods will not help.

    I have seen the statistics on Australia since February 2020. These show a close correlation between Covid cases and vaccination. It is abundantly clear the vaccines are causing the case numbers rise, as would be expected. Look at other statistics and you will no doubt see the same correlation.

    I have done much on Covid 19 etc., here is my link to my summary if you are interested. That gives access to the various other issues. I cover the statistics in the UK and USA and more recently those in Australia.

    The following explains the variants. These are merely fear techniques to fool the gullible.

    The following explains the media fear campaign.

    A useful website on the deceit.

    It should be noted that fear tends to ‘freeze’ the body’s immune system from functioning correctly and can stop people doing sensible things. Like avoiding having foreign bodies injected into their systems.

    And I wonder how many people would choose to have a vaccine if they had to pay for them directly rather than via their taxes (vaccination is not free)?

    As regards vaccinated/unvaccinated I gather the goal posts keep changing so unvaccinated currently means not fully vaccinated in at least some countries. This means people who have had vaccines are lumped in with those who have not had recent vaccines. Therefore the people of the world are being duped into having something nasty put into their bodies.

    Unless they like playing Russian roulette with their bodies of course. But then that is both sad and mad.

    As regards reasons of variance of symptoms, if any, between those who are vaccinated the problem lies in not knowing what exactly in each vial; sadly people will sell nothing for something and the vial might contain only saline, it is impossible to tell without testing each vial.

    Vaccines are causing the issues by and large nowadays and case numbers and deaths will rise as a consequence. I recommend avoiding vaccines like the plague.”

    So sadly, the problems will lie with the vaccinated.; I hate to think what will happen/is happening to them. They are walking into the abyss and they do not realise although I try to warn them.

    Please note I do use humour as necessary on posts and pages to lighten the mood and help make the points. I will use strong salty language if required which the overly refined may not like. I am not PC.

    Kind regards

    Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson
    Please excuse the nom-de-plume, this is as much for fun as a riddle for people to solve if they wish.

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