The unacceptable fear of Police retribution for one's free speech is still an unacceptable, and an undeniable fact in Canada. I know I have personally too often experienced it myself, real retributions from some of Canada's too many bad cops..
"Thu May 11, 06:28 PM EST VICTORIA (CP) - B.C.'s solicitor general says federal NDP leader Jack Layton should force one of his MPs to apologize to the RCMP for saying he fears retribution if he speaks out about the case of a young man who was shot in the back of the head while in police custody. John Les called MP Nathan Cullen's comments "despicable" and "absolutely asinine." "Mr Cullen's comments were completely unbecoming of a member of parliament," said Les. "They are despicable and I would expect that his leader, Jack Layton, forces him to issue an apology to the RCMP." Ian Bush was 22 when he was arrested for holding an open beer can outside an arena at a Houston, B.C. hockey game last October. He was shot in the back of the head at the local detachment and his parents say they are waiting for answers but police say it could be months yet. Les said the Mounties do not go after their critics. "That's simply a completely baseless allegation," he said. Later in the legislature, he called the comments asinine but was asked to retract them by the Speaker. Cullen, the MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley, told a newspaper he was cautious about getting involved in finding out why it's taking so long to get answers in the Bush case because he worries about angering the Mounties. "I think I probably went too far in some of my comments around that," Cullen said Thursday in an interview with The Canadian Press from Ottawa. "I respect the RCMP and want them to do their job. I think when the RCMP mix with politics and politicians mix with the RCMP, usually it's a bad mix." Cullen said he hasn't spoken with Layton about an apology. "We'll cross the bridge when we come to it," he said. He said he was lobbying on behalf of Bush's parents, who are constituents in Cullen's vast riding in northwestern B.C. Houston, a mill town, is located about 250 kilometres northwest of Prince George. Cullen said he remains baffled about the length of time the investigation is taking. "It's a long time," Cullen said. RCMP spokesman John Ward said the Mounties want to ensure the investigation is complete before making its results public. "Does the public have a right to know, you bet," he said. "Will we be held accountable, absolutely. But there is a time and a place for that to take place." The investigation is now in the hands of the city police in New Westminster, who are examining an earlier RCMP review of the incident, Ward said. The New Westminster police will make recommendations about how next to proceed with the case, he said. Ward acknowledged the process has been lengthy. "Listen, we're the first to say that we wish we could do it like they do on CSI: have it done in 60 minutes," he said. "We know how difficult this is for the family. We know how difficult it is for the member and for other members and we know how difficult it is for the public." Ward said the police do not go after people who criticize them in public. "Absolutely not," he said. "The public, law abiding citizens, have nothing to fear of the RCMP. As a matter of fact they should look to us for their safety." Ward said he wouldn't address Cullen's statements other than to say "this is a free country and people have the right to express their views as they see fit."
Free speech against politicians, and cops in Canada.. you are joking.. try to personally complain about the police and they also will personality harass you, and even cover up their wrong doings..The Obstruction of Justice is too often practiced by the guilty accused persons cops and lawyers now too.
Like I have said ...