Firstly in this day and age how can one actually believe the oxymoronic phrase “Conservative with Libertarian leanings.” If you are a member of the Harper trained seal show then you are far from leaning towards Libertarianism.
Reid apparently is a trifle distressed that the RCMP entered homes to check if folk were trapped by rising flood waters in High river and securing large quantities of unsafely stored firearms as they discovered them. He is determined to represent his constituent and protect their rights. Only they weren’t his constituents and he was safely back in the Ottawa Valley at the time that the RCMP were boating through rising flood waters to ensure everyone in High River was safe.
Reid thinks they should have used used “thermal imaging technology” and “not enter the buildings concerned.” But like most MPs who have no experience of this kind of thing he is clueless about that on which he seeks popular acclaim. If the more common thermal imaging cameras could see through house walls then suspects wouldn’t disappear when they entered a building on all those cop-chase shows. Glass and shiny objects are tough on it too. Now if they had TI equipment that could go through walls, what do you think the chances are that there would be some of that “as of yet” hypothetical equipment in the High River RCMP detachment for immediate deployment? Should they have waited in the face of rising waters?
But Reid’s ignorance in this arena is not what this post is about; rather it is focused more on his “Libertarian” credentials. Given the amount of spying that his Party wish to do on Canadians illustrated most recently by the instructions from the Government Operations Centre, I would suggest that Reid is nothing more than than a “statist in Libertarian clothing.” (h/t Dawg for the phrase.)
Scott if you really are interested in keeping people as free from state intrusion as possible, then maybe rather than focusing on a conspiracy theory initiated by gun nuts, who insecurely stored their arms and ammunition and were covered by the RCMP instead of charged; you should be more worried about these statement from your own party.
“The Government Operations Centre needs to be prepared to respond to any potential event to ensure confidence in government and continuity of federal services,” James said. “Canadians expect nothing less.”
“Peaceful protests can suddenly turn violent, just as law-abiding citizens can suddenly create a crime.”
So if all demonstrators and demos need to be spied upon because they can “suddenly turn violent,” does the last part of that sentence mean that there are plans for all law-abiding citizens to be spied upon because we could suddenly “create[sic] a crime?” Because that looks like that is is what the CPoC spokesperson is claiming.
If this isn’t more important to you than grandstanding by taking pot-shots at people trying to do the right thing in dangerous circumstances, then you are the furthest thing from a Libertarian that there is.