Coercion is a Beautiful Thing

In this season when we honour those who gave their lives to protect our freedom it is hard to stand by as our freedom is diminished.

As reported in the Herald our new Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains smilingly told Canadians the good news that citizens are now going to be threatened with jail time and fines into giving their private data to government with the reinstatement of the mandatory long-form census. As the minister and the editorial correctly points out a lengthy list of elites; policy groups, media, governments and corporations who want the data are delighted.

Is a census important? Of course. But how to accomplish it? By partnering with citizens in a free exchange of information or by sending in the police? Private data is, well, private and government like everyone else has no right to it. Participation dropped 25% when the census was voluntary for the first time; many many Canadians dissented with sharing their information with government.

The return to coercion is not surprising but the speed with which it has occurred is dispiriting; to see how quickly government (and this paper) decreed common citizens should be made common criminals if they defy the interest of elites. The citizen is left with two choices; submit or resist.  Perhaps it is time for Nova Scotians and Canadians to just say a Big No to Big Brother’s 2016 census?

Thomas Jefferson said, “When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory.”

Tyranny has found victory today.