Straight Talk
EDITORIAL - Blocked bridge harms us all


Word that the First Nations' Idle No More movement plans a peaceful protest Wednesday at the base of the Ambassador Bridge that connects Windsor to Detroit does not trouble us an iota.

But, should it morph into a barricade, the cops must move in.

When the Ambassador Bridge, the busiest international border crossing in North America, is responsible for the daily carriage of millions of dollars in goods, the blockage of it for hours or days would give us a bitter taste of the threats hurled by some intemperate First Nations chiefs to bring our economy to its knees.

This is not an overstatement.

Over a year, those millions add up to $130 billion.

Already we have witnessed provincial police in Ontario sitting idly by while First Nations protesters blocked a major railway line through western Ontario, claiming intervention would create a springboard for potential violence and the domino effect of similar-fact protests.

In fact, the police even ignored a judge's order to have the protesters removed, which is odd considering these same police use judge-signed warrants as the authority to make raids on private property, seize evidence and make arrests.

So why do they back off enforcing the law when it comes to First Nations?

Yes, it is a politically incorrect question, but the silence in responding to it is also the answer.

They sit back because of the fear of hell breaking loose, especially with women and children in the midst of the protest.

What police commander, after all, wants to move in on women and children when the news cameras are focused on them, when the consensus media is salivating at the thought of confrontation, and when "citizen journalists" are tweeting 132-character accounts that will undoubtedly not be pro-police, all while firing off smart phone photos to their social media accounts?

This is a dilemma, and it has become a dilemma because we have allowed it to become one.

A Sun News Network poll Monday showed 80% of respondents believed the police would do nothing Wednesday if the protest turned into an illegal blockade.

Losing faith in them so soon is not a good sign.

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