Devinder Shory, a Member of the Canadian Parliament has submitted a private members bill, C-425. He is pushing to have it’s contents enacted into law. Basically, if you are convicted of terrorism, the bill aims to remove your Canadian Citizenship. You blow up a building, you are no longer a Canadian. His website has lots of graphs about how popular this bill is. Over 80% of Canadians agree! Well, 80% of the 1000 they asked. I applaud him on his expert manipulation of data for political gain. However, the implications of this bill are so tyrannical and obtuse, it’s hard for me to see past the glaring deficiencies in his argument.
I would like to point out, that I have a hard time finding his arguments. I see lots of rhetoric and heroic speeches, but very little substance. Anyway, here he is, in his own words.
The real rub I have here, is this statement from his website:
Do you agree or disagree that Canadian citizens who are found guilty of committing acts of treason against Canada – such as an act of war against Canadian troops – should be stripped of their citizenship?
If you are committing acts of war, you are at war. If you are in a state of war, you are trying to kill the other side. That’s what war is. The Canadian Armed Forces exist to force our will on others, or avoid their will to be forced on us. They do this with deadly force. Their job is to “close with, and destroy the enemy” This bureaucratic Political Correctness is silly and is insulting the men and women who sever in our Army.
The word terrorism is a post 9/11 buzz word. It’s basically meaningless. Terrorism is the use of force and terror to accomplish a goal. Basically what an Army does. The Honorable Mr Shory is trying to put our Army of a pillar of ethical justice while claiming that anyone on the other side of the moral line he draws in the sand should be stripped of citizenship. It’s a path that leads to anyone who disagrees with the state to be labeled a terrorist and have all their rights removed. That’s some Guantanamo Bay shit right there. This bill would have changed the outcome of the Oka Crisis, with the government claiming the Mohawk people Terrorists. An act of terrorism against Canada can mean ANYTHING. It translates roughly to “anyone who does something we don’t like”.
I’m not defending terrorism here, but understand that Canada commits acts of terrorism daily in military operations overseas, selling weapons to armies for profit and keeping policies that increase international unrest. Mr Shory is throwing stones around a glass house and doesn’t realize it. War is hell; don’t misunderstand that fact for one second.