Pubdate: Tue, 18 Apr 2017
Source: Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)
Copyright: 2017 Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Mark Bonokoski
Page: 6
Referenced: Cannabis Act:


Irony, hypocrisy and cops. Nothing good can come from this trio when
all three are put in play.

On Monday morning, for example, with no reference to his late father
being the moving force behind it, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
released a statement celebrating the 35th anniversary of Canada's
Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

"I remind Canadians that we have no task greater than to stand on
guard for another's liberties," said Trudeau.

"The words enshrined in the Charter are our rights, freedoms, and -
above all - our collective responsibility."

Too bad the irony of this has eluded him.

While his father Pierre famously proclaimed the state has no business
in the bedrooms of the nation, his son now apparently sees no
hypocrisy in allowing police to stick their noses into our vehicles
and haul us out without the need for that invasion to be preceded by
suspicious behaviour or suspected wrongdoing.

It's a rights breaker that would have Pierre Trudeau rolling in his
grave at the family plot in rural Saint-Remi-de-Napierville.

For hidden in the folds of the new Cannabis Act, tabled in the Commons
last week to begin the process of legalizing the recreational use of
marijuana, the Liberals bragged that the legislation would also
include the toughest laws against impaired driving in the world.

In doing so, the new law, if adopted, would drop the requirement that
police need reasonable suspicion that a driver has been drinking
before demanding a breath sample.

This is unquestionably a violation of our constitutional right to be
free from unwarranted searches and detainment.

A cop sticks head into your car, smells nothing, observes no glassy
eyes, hears no slurred speech, and yet still demands you step out of
your car to take a roadside breath test?

You complain, and then what? He's now searching your vehicle, hauling
stuff out of your trunk-all for being sober?

Oddly, however, the same legislation says "suspicion" is still needed
to perform roadside tests for those suspected of driving with
marijuana or any other drug in the system, no doubt to kowtow to
millennial progressives, but that requirement is negated by the
proposed hardline approach on alcohol where no suspicion is needed.

It covers off the coppers.

It means they can virtually stop you at any time, for no reason, and
administer a roadside breath test, all which gives them ample time to
ramp up suspicions about drug use if the breathalyzer doesn't produce
what they want.

Now, once upon a time, I believed you had nothing to fear from cops if
you had done nothing wrong.

Spare me the wrath of the "thin, blue line," but years in the news
game have since taught me differently.

First, there is this thing called "quotas," that supposedly do not
exist, but do. Quotas for speeding tickets, quotas for arrests.

And then there are the younger cops of today, many who have to go to a
dictionary to look up the meaning of the word "discretion."

While you cannot judge a book by its cover, you can

If you are pulled over by a cop with bulging biceps, his head shaved
down to the nubs, wearing wraparound sunglasses, and with his hands
protected by reinforced gloves that would be banned in mixed martial
arts, you can be certain beyond a reasonable doubt you are not going
to get a break.

You are screwed from the moment he says his first word.

If the Liberals' Cannabis Act is allowed to pass as it stands, it will
become an open season on all drivers.

There are no two ways about it-for any or all of the reasons just
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