It does seem excessive to arrest someone for blowing soap bubbles—that is, unless the simple act is seen in the context of a confrontation between protesters and much harried police officers. But we live in an age of absolutes and our police, and military, are expected to carry out their dangerous responsibilities without offending, never mind hurting, the less offensive of their adversaries.
During the G8 Summit at Toronto, Courtney Winkels was, apparently, told she would be arrested if she didn’t stop blowing soap bubbles at a police officer near the restricted area—and later she was, in fact, arrested, but on another charge.
Excuse me if I feel no sympathy for this young woman. She allegedly had a lawyer’s phone number written on her arm and was intentionally trying to antagonize the police officer. So much for lawful, peaceful protest.
With hoodlums running about smashing windows and torching police cars, with noisy throngs of thousands of so-called peaceful protesters taunting police officers, the otherwise innocuous act of blowing soap bubbles takes on an entirely different significance, especially when directed at a law enforcement officer.
Under such trying circumstances, such an act signifies disdain for the law and those who enforce it. It signifies the sort of contempt in which many on the far left hold our laws and institutions, such as the ones who wrote:
“On June 26 and 27, the political representatives of the world’s greatest thieves and murderers gathered in Toronto. They held their ‘G2o Summit’ in a billion dollar armed camp financed with public money stolen from vital social programs.”
There are people like those who support the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) who believe nonsense like the following from the OCAP’s website:
“These [G20] ‘leaders’ have shredded the public sector and social spending, criminalized the poor, immigrants and racialized communities, continued to plunder Indigenous lands and trash the environment, deported our families and friends, gutted the unions, and closed hospitals and schools while they grant tax cuts to the rich and corporations and boost police and military budgets.”
These people are dangerous. They were the instigators of the Queen’s Park riot in the summer of 2000. They are not against poverty, but against any form of democracy that involves representative government—let alone the Westminster Model of parliament. They will only be satisfied with a state run by them for them. And the “them” are the far-left Trotskyites and Anarchists. The OCAP were for many years heavily funded by major labour unions, but even they have back off and have been distancing themselves from these radicals.
OCAP promotes direct action—or, as they call the tactic, “direct action casework”—which almost always involves violence and damage to public and private property and confrontation with law enforcement authorities. Labour unions love to demonstrate. They’ll demonstrate about demonstrating, and they too will defy the law to get their message out. To these you can add the dozen of other protesting groups, some violence-prone, some harmless.
Between these radicals and other misguided souls and our right to peace, order and good government stands our various law enforcement units, and thank God for that.
It was Courtney Winkels’s choice to interject herself into this potent confrontation, and her choice to further antagonize police with her silliness. She was apparently quite prepared for the consequences since she bore the phone number of a lawyer on her arm. Who then is to blame for her arrest?
To Ms. Winkels I say, if you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas.