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American Cops Don't Belong in Canada

ravinjunkie

TRIBE Member
A few years ago, Stephen Harper told us that by the time he was done in office, we wouldn't recognize Canada. How true, and troubling, those words have become.

In Harper's relatively short seven years running the country, we have seen the Americanization of our parliamentary democracy. We have an enemies list, fact free attack ads, and constant negativity and division.

We've also seen the Americanization of our justice system where facts and evidence are replaced by "gut feelings", and an obsession with retribution.

Now we are now witnessing the Americanization of our law enforcement. Armed American police officers will now operate on Canadian soil.

Bit by bit, agreement by agreement, Canada is giving away more and more in the name of trade. To Conservatives, none of this is a threat to our sovereignty, as if the very act of stating so makes it so.

But let us consider this fantasy scenario: RCMP officers stopping American citizens on the Buffalo side of their border. Picture the horrified expression of those resilient New Yorkers as they are forced to slow down on their Interstate highway so as to be greeted by a smiling RCMP officer who is to inspect their property, ask questions about where they live, where they've come from, and the like -- all part of a so called "pre-clearing" program.

Of course, this scene would never occur. The United States protects, obsessively, their sovereignty. But here in Canada, armed American police officers will now be able to stop Canadians, in Canada, inspecting, checking and asking questions.

Again, the Conservatives will tell us that an armed American cop in Canada is all about trade, jobs and security, not sovereignty. If this is true, then can we not expect to see Mounties stopping Americans on the Buffalo side?

I don't believe Canadians want American police operating and carrying guns in Canada. It's just not right.

Harper did promise though that when he's done, we won't recognize Canada. Perhaps we can all reminiscence about that when stopped and questioned by an American police officer, in our own country.


So sick of Harper. Shame on those who voted Tories. Shame on Canadians who are so passive.

Source: American Cops Don't Belong in Canada | Sean Casey
 

kyfe

TRIBE Member
I heard about this last week, allowing another nation onto your soil with impunity is beyond stupidity.
 

videotronic

TRIBE Member
i missed the part in the article where it said the american officers would be operating "with impunity"

can you highlight it for me?
 

praktik

TRIBE Member
Im more worried about continuing Canadian involvement in American wars overseas than I am about this.

Buying more fighter jets just opens us up to using them someday.
 
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praktik

TRIBE Member
Huffpoo piece here: Canada-U.S. Border: American Police Want Legal Exemptions, RCMP Says

Looks to me like our guys are trying their best to ensure this pilot is structured so each side's forces is subject to same rules... I don't think this is settled yet - and there's probably more important threats to our sovereignty, like the fact 3/4s of our trade is north/south means there's a huge pile of money on the table everytime Uncle Sam comes knocking.

I would worry about our trade dependence w/ America's impact on sovereignty before I worry about a pilot's impact that will have legal accountability and redress built in as a matter of course, and may not go anywhere anyway....

The opinion piece in the OP is kind of alarmist
 

Lojack

TRIBE Member
I would worry about our trade dependence w/ America's impact on sovereignty before I worry about a pilot's impact that will have legal accountability and redress built in as a matter of course, and may not go anywhere anyway....
+1

If I know bureaucrats, the entire point of this becoming public is because they don't want to see it happen. The fact it happens under Harper's watch is irrelevant, politicians come and go, government is forever. Well not really, but it sums it up nicely.

praktik said:
The opinion piece in the OP is kind of alarmist
+1 on that.

Rule #1 of understanding Canadian politics: When you are told to be afraid of what the American's are doing, you are being manipulated.
 

Hi i'm God

TRIBE Member
I think the needle is swinging the opposite way here. Is there other shit to be concerned about? sure! This still isn't cool in any scheme of things large or small.
 

I_bRAD

TRIBE Member
When you are told to be afraid of what the American's are doing, you are being manipulated.
But if you're thinking that letting US cops over here with their own agenda is a load of crap then you're probably just right.
 

Bumbaclat

TRIBE Member
The original article did a terrible job of explaining the specifics. My first thought was about the DEA seeing up in Vancouver.
 
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