Idle No More: One Final Note

Just over two years ago, on January 1 (2013) the first article in the Idle No More series on this blog was written and published.  Since then, I’ve written 85 Idle No More articles, and republished — with permission from the authors — Idle No More articles written by recognized names from within the movement.

However, across the months that the Idle No More movement has been active, more and more conspiracy theorists and agitators have watered down the original focus of the movement as they have continued to push their own agendas through the Idle No More banner.  It’s unfortunate as it gives a skewed picture to the world of what the movement was intended to be when it began in the Fall of 2012.

I have received threats via social media and ignored the threats and those who have made them.  Nothing I have written or published — or that I have written that was republished by other respected and reputable newspapers, blog sites, websites, magazines, et al — is inaccurate or misrepresentation.

That being said, it is time for me to step back from writing about what is happening within the Idle No More movement as well as discussing historical facts.  This isn’t because the conspiracy theorists have threatened me.  This isn’t because the agitators have tried to roust others up against me.  This is because, quite simply, I will wait to see if Bill C-51 is passed by the Harper government and enacted into law.

For those who are unaware about what this Bill intends to do, it could possibly turn bloggers and journalists into unexpected terrorists as defined by Bill C-51.  Technically speaking — should this pass into law — if a blogger or a journalist has written or published one or more articles that is contrary to the opinion that the government claims is accurate, the blogger or journalist is a terrorist.

The Toronto Star shared a few more important details about what the legislation would allow.  Among those important details was the fact that the Criminal Code of Canada would be amended to include a brand new criminal offence: “advocating or promoting” terrorist activities.   It’s this new criminal offence that would directly affect bloggers and journalists because “advocating or promoting” isn’t clearly defined.  It could very well be that writing an article that is factual but unfavorable towards the government could be labeled as “advocating or promoting” activity against the government (directly or indirectly).

You see, according to the dictionary, a terrorist is someone who frightens others (at the very least).  With Bill C-51, all it would take is for one person to file a complaint stating that an article made them afraid of the person who wrote the article and there you have it … the author of the article would instantly become a suspected terrorist in the eyes of the government and law enforcement.

According to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), part of the definition of a terrorist is someone who influences “the policy of a government by intimidation.”  All it would take once Bill C-51 is in place is for one government employee (at any level) to file a complaint stating that an article was trying to influence the policy of the government through intimidation … and the author of the article would instantly become a suspected terrorist in the eyes of the government and law enforcement.

Idle No More has always been presented as a peaceful movement and for the most part, those who have participated in the movement have engaged in peaceful protest.  The same cannot necessarily be said of the conspiracy theorists and agitators who co-opted the movement to promote their own agendas.

Until the matter of Bill C-51 is settled, Fridays on this blog will continue to focus on Social Justice and away from Idle No More … not because I don’t believe in the peaceful protest urging people to honor the treaties and to do what is right, but because what I stand for has nothing at all to do with terrorism.

Elyse Bruce

Suggested Reading

Are You Already Violating The Feds’ New Anti-Terror Bill?
http://globalnews.ca/news/1803553/are-you-already-violating-the-feds-new-anti-terror-bill/

Bill C-51 Aims To Remove Terrorist Propaganda From Internet
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/bill-c-51-aims-to-remove-terrorist-propaganda-from-internet-1.2938935

New Anti-Terror Bill Could Put Chill On Freedom Of Speech
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/new-anti-terror-bill-could-put-chill-on-freedom-of-speech-1.2935312

Canada’s New Backward-Looking Terror Law
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/01/30/canadas-new-backward-looking-terror-law-walkom.html

New Anti-Terror Bill Will Give Canadian Spies Police-Like Powers To Disrupt Terrorist Plots
http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/01/30/government-tables-anti-terror-bill/

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