Yesterday, while hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Montreal in protest against Quebec's draconian Bill 78 - which I wrote about the other day, if you're unfamiliar - smaller sympathy demonstrations rose up across Canada. A relatively small group, perhaps a hundred people or so, made its way through downtown Vancouver yesterday afternoon, though it wasn't long before the demonstrators were herded away by the police. First time I've ever seen a police cruiser driving on the sidewalk.
The events in Montreal, and the inability of the police to control something so massive, is just one more reminder that ultimately, all governments require the consent of the governed to function - and that any government's first priority is to keep as many of the governed as possible from realizing that.
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