FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REPLY PROVES RCMP SPEARHEADED EFFORT TO SHUT DOWN CAFE MEETING IN VICTORIA
VICTORIA, British Columbia, August 10, 2016. Political police in Canada? You’d better believe it. Back in June, at the last minute CAFE was called by the very arrogant and abusive manager of the Quality Inn Waddling Dog who announced he was cancelling our meeting scheduled for the next afternoon. This, despite the fact we’d held at least five meetings there, without incident, over the past few years.
The manager was rude, ending his conversation with me by denouncing Paul Fromm whom he had called, as a “racist piece of shit.” [They hadn’t discussed race or ethnicity.]
The next day Gordon Watson arrived at the Waddling Dog to see what was happening and to redirect any people who might not know of the new location of our meeting, There he found five (5) members of the Central Saanich Police who ignored the effort of the manager, one Brandon Petraroia to body check him and provoke retaliation. A member of the RCMP also showed up — quite a police presence to shut down a political meeting — in CANADA! not Cuba.
Two days later Mr. Watson filed a Freedom of Information request with the Saanich Police.
Recently he received a heavily redacted response — secrecy’s the name of the game in Canada: can’t let the taxpaying sheoples know too much!
It turns out the RCMP Internet snoops learned of the meeting and alerted to Central Saanich Police who approached the hotel manager. Not a believer in free speech in the bunch! This, of course, is political policing and state censorship. There had never been trouble at our meetings; our agenda was entirely non-violent political opinion. Trudeau’s Charter, however flawed, does mumble something about freedom of speech freedom of believe and freedom of assembly. Apparently, the word hadn’t reached the cops in Victoria.
Gordon Watson reported:
“I received the reply to my Freedom on Information request, from the Central Saanich police, today [July 25, 2016] in the mail
Quite amusing to guys like me and you
So, THE WADDLING DOG HOTEL WAS APPROACHED BY THE LOCAL POLICE. … after which the manager IMMEDIATELY DECIDED TO CANCEL THE BOOKING !!!
So, there you have it : the RCMP taking the initiative to meddle in political activity, telegraphing to a private business that ‘it might not be a good idea to let this guy express his political views‘ (my paraphrase).
Out of 19 pages total, in the FoI reply, the last 10 are withheld!”
“This matter is not finished,” said Paul Fromm, Director of the Canadian Association for Free Expression.