Protesting an injustice is our right. The protection of these "rights" that include our freedom as Canadians to express opposition and disappointment in how our government works (or doesn't work...as the case may be...) are the stuff of political and ideological substance that served to underpin the first and the second world wars.
We've been taught that the Soviet Union employed secret police and infiltrated organizations with the express purpose to identify groups and individuals who were deemed "enemies of the state". We've also learned that the Nazis did the same and that it's common for government agencies to fabricate lies and spread propaganda intended to rally people to support regimes that regard individual human rights as second to that of the interests and agendas of the ruling government.
When this same kind of behavior is observed and proven to exist within Canadian and American governments, the line between the philosophies and intent of our "enemies" and the substance of our very own "democracies" is blurred beyond reason.
Our enemies we are told reject law in favor of furthering their political and economic agendas and if those laws appear to impede that agenda, then the law is to be ignored. We watched McCarthyism rage across America. We've watched as governments prosecute illegal and unreasonable war across continents, not for the purpose of dispatching hooligans and corruption but to secure resource access and increase the profitability of wealthy industrialsists feeding off conditioned and complacent democracies.
We've listened to exaggeration lies and fabrication supplied as rationale for economics and militarism.
We aren't living in a democracy when the decision making process that will decide and determine the quality of life and the character of those "freedoms" granted under a democratic political social framework are reserved to the exclusivity of the wealthy and held behind closed doors far from the light of open transparent debate and dialogue.
Our democratically elected governments have been manipulated by religious groups and special interest groups (corporate and ideological) for decades and the current trend is to have the decision making process removed from the scrutiny of the people and the stakeholders in our future denied access to and input to the process of government. This isn't a democracy.
You're vote is a sham when casting a vote in support of some policy or political ideal can be ignored by the wealthy elite who erect fences to keep the people removed from the political process and make decisions based not on what the people have expressed as their wishes but what the industrial machinery of global multi-nationals decide as better serving the interests of "business".
That our governments whether that's the ineptitude and unprofessionalism of the RCMP and CSIS in trading lies and exaggerations to the FBI the CIA and that results in Canadians serving time in prisons under torture, who then sue Canada for this blatant miscarriage of justice..(everyone ends up paying for the corruption of our police) or its the preparedness of provincial governments to play ping-pong with issues like land claim settlements, and who seem perfectly prepared to practice the same kinds of behaviour that we've been told are the earmarks of our "enemies" and the same behaviour that's supposed to indicate oppression and repression, or its the corruption of the Liberals and political parties at all levels to steal directly from the people...or favor one group over another for funding and support, our democracy is broken.
If it ever existed.