I agree with Peter Worthington — the British PM should have used an iron fist approach to quell the riots. How? By bringing in the army, rather than looking for root causes like poverty and welfare to blame or shutting down all social media. Like Worthington says, we don’t need to feel the pain of the anarchists.
There is not a lot I agreed with Pierre Elliott Trudeau about but on enacting the War Measures Act on October 16, 1970 — subsequently referred to as the “October Crisis” — I do. His action was exactly the right thing to do. In fact, his “Just watch me” showed that he was a rare leader — a view I have always had even though I didn’t agree with his social justice and deficit spending approach to governing.
The point being that the effect of his speech that day was immediate. While Quebec Cabinet Minister Pierre LaPorte was kidnapped and murdered by an FLQ cell, the anarchy and terrorism soon stopped and the FLQ as an organization destroyed. And, just listening to Trudeau, the entire country felt secure again.
So, perhaps there is a forty year old lesson there for us all — particularly our present-day media. If PM Stephen Harper has to do make a similar tough decision in the near future, remember who did it first.
And, make no mistake, there will be a next time somewhere in the Western world, be it Toronto, Vancouver or London, England, because the anarchists are no longer afraid to destroy property and lives through their misguided envy and entitlement.
Let it be known, then, that this is one Canadian who would welcome a tough-love or iron fisted approach to put an end to that “particular type of party”– at least in Canada.