Michelle Leduc Catlin
The Loss of Democracy and the Rise of the People
While most of Canadians went about their daily lives with little or no interest in the outcome of the Public Order Emergency Commission, another nail was driven into democracy’s coffin.
Last Friday, the Commission report came out, finding that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was justified in his use of the Emergency Act to end the Freedom Convoy protest in February 2022.
Those of us who attended and participated in the greatest grassroots rally in Canadian history know the absurdity of this conclusion, but weren’t surprised.
This is the state of justice (or rather, injustice) in this country.
So many people have given so much to the cause of freedom over the past 3 years.
And people are tired.
As we lick our wounds and regroup for the next attack on our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, our Bill of Rights, and even the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we need to find that place within ourselves that sources us.
Last Friday, I also said goodbye to a chapter in my life that came as a result of the freedom movement.
When I left to witness and join the Freedom Convoy, I could not have imagined the seismic shift it would have on my life.
And I’m not the only one.
Many (if not all) of us who attended were changed forever.
I have no regrets about the hard decisions I made in those magical days of camaraderie and connection.
And, they have not been easy.
No great decision is easy when you move so far out of your comfort zone that you can no longer see the perimeter.
But the rewards are immense.
Living trued up to one’s values and principles provides a richness unlike anything else.
And as Hellen Keller said, “Life is a daring adventure or nothing.”
Last Friday, I poured a glass of wine, opened my journal, and poured out my heart.
This is what it said…
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