MPs should lead by example

MPs should be leading by example

'Warrants? We don't need no stinking warrants!'

Personal drone cams will follow ruling MPs 24 hours per day

By Darren Jerome
True North Perspective

In spite of a mounting chorus of challenges from political, industry, and citizens' groups, it seems the government in power remains intent to move forward with Bill C-51. So, with this in mind, I have a suggestion that is based on the old truism:  Never ask others to do something that you would not do yourself. Simple words ... good words, and a powerful sentiment that I continue to carry with me since I first heard them as an impressionable young officer cadet in basic training. Since then, I have found the phrase applicable in virtually all aspects of life from coaching to parenthood to career as they embody the essence of leading by example.

Bill C-51, and its potential implications on civil liberties which may be sacrificed on the alter of national security, is yet to be fully understood, and, arguably, should be felt before being made law. Sunlight, after all, is the best disinfectant. And so, it could be argued, such a fundamental change should first be thoroughly tested. And who better to use as guinea pig for this analysis than those for whom the stakes, and standards, are highest: Our Members of Parliament who occupy positions of public office. This should not be an issue, of course. Clearly, all citizens, regardless of their position, will, ultimately, be equally subject to the same scrutiny once this Bill passes into law. Another legal instrument, The Magna Carta, that dusty old document signed back in 1215, made it clear that no-one, yes, no-one, is above the law.

So, let us really go to town, push the limit, take it to the extreme and see how this baby holds up. Let's do the following:

Personal drone cams will follow ruling MPs 24 hours per day. We need to be sure, after all, that people in this position are not engaged in anything which could have implications that run counter to our national interest. There will also be a need for "sponsoring" agents to be assigned to each MP for the purpose of follow-up investigations which could, potentially, include pulling persons of interest out of their beds for a few days' worth of interviews ... just to be sure. Warrants? We don't need no stinking warrants! We will need websites as well that contain every last detail of our MPs past from grade school transcripts onward, and a live link option that allows the citizenry to snoop, sorry, track what they are doing at each moment of the day. Once again, we can't be too careful. And, by all means, let us create a mechanisms for immediate trial and, as required, dismissal without due process should members be perceived as having done something that might offend, er, which is not in the interest of national security.

Such an experiment will, no doubt, bear out the working theory that these measures will never be used for anything but the most virtuous and altruistic of purposes rather than, let's say, to further individual or political means. No-one, after all, ever expects the Spanish Inquisition (apologies to fellow Monty Python fans for misuse of one of my favourite quotes). So let's run it for a little while and see how it works. I can think of no better way of ensuring that we have the fullest confidence in our leadership's dedicated efforts to curtail any "activities that undermine the security of Canada", and allow us to remain a shining beacon of democracy and freedom.