Pubdate: Wed, 03 Aug 2005
Source: Province, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2005 The Province
Author: Craig Hunter
Bookmark: (Cannabis)
Bookmark: (Emery, Marc)


As a Canadian and a former police officer now living in the U.S., I am 
ashamed and appalled at the arrest of Mark Emery and the scene unfolding in 
the country I call home.

Despite the long relationship involving extradition between Canada and the 
U.S., this arrest is a reflection of the protectionism that isolates 
Americans from the rest of the world.

Are we to stand by and allow our U.S. cousins to insult Canadian dominion 
of Canadian law?

The part of Canada's collective personality that stands out worldwide is 
our embrace of independent thought, which is reflected by our laws.

The motto of the RCMP, "Maintiens le Droit," meaning "defend the law," 
should now be an outraged gasp by every Canadian.

If a person commits a crime in Canada, that person must be charged, then 
face the protection of due process of Canadian law.

Shame on the RCMP, the Vancouver and Halifax Police and ultimately the 
Government of Canada for allowing this mockery of Canadian sovereignty.

Craig Hunter,

Los Angeles
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