The question most people have is why the mayhem when we spent 1.3 billion on security? And an even bigger question, why target journalists and civilians?
More broadly, a lot of the blame belongs with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who knew exactly what kind of a mess he was inflicting on Toronto when he decided to hold his summit at precisely the place that was most convenient to attract the largest possible number of protesters.Most protesters were peaceful and most beaten up by riot police were peaceful protesters.
I'm glad that there is a parliamentary committee looking into the violence and the Liberals are calling Vic Toews as their first wittiness. Will he appear? Probably not, and even if he does he'll just try and lie his way out of it and blame someone else. Same old, same old.
The Liberal Party today called on Public Security Minister Vic Toews to be the first witness to appear at the Parliamentary Public Safety Committee to personally answer the questions that he has so far ignored regarding the G8 and G20 summits.“Last week, we sent a letter to the Minister with a specific list of questions that many Canadians have in the aftermath of the disastrous G20 summit in downtown Toronto,” said Liberal Government Ethics and Democratic Reform Critic Marlene Jennings.These summits were pointless as the gap between rich and poor continues to grow and Harper's plans to punish Canada's most vulnerable to once again pander to multinationals is getting old. According to Maude Barlow:
The richest 2% own more than half the household wealth in the world. The richest 10% hold 85% of total global assets and the bottom half of humanity owns less than 1% of the wealth in the world. The three richest men in the world have more money than the poorest 48 countries.Listening to parts of Harper's speech though, he is really out of his league. I do love the part where he says we must sacrifice our sovereignty. What sovereignty? He traded that away long ago for a handful of beans.