@listening I logged in to explain to you about the honour guard at the War Memorial. There were no bullets in their guns by design, the absence of bullets being symbolic as to the state of peace in the country with the war ended. But there was no honour guard at all, also, until a few years ago when someone urinated on it and did some graffiti; since then the honour guard rotates between different regiments, and all were without bullets.
They have bullets now, though....
The litigiousness since the new Constitution and Charter is largely due to big money - who else has money for lawyers? - either launching suits, or doing things in violation of the constitution/charter that wind up in court. Crown corruption - justices, prosecutors, police - is endemic (look up Jack Cram/Delgamuukw, Bruce Clarke/Gustafson Lake and the BC Mary blog about BC Rail and more, and that's just a taste) and for them it's a lucrative make-work industry. The bridging of police into politics has increased, also, elected or by appointment; the new laws to criminalize the environmental and native factions of the polity are yet more litigation....from on high.
Harper doesn't like the Constitution and has said so, and even moreso the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which he and other Reform-oids have always wanted abolished; the treaty with China is partly his way around both, by surrendering them to over-ruling from Chinese investment/influence.
And it's not just the Obama administration; Harper was a project of the Bush administration, and of the GOP and those behind its machinations; and he's on collision course against the US as his own troops denounce climate change as a myth (including the RCMP, as of the other day) vs the FBI/Homeland Security/White House stance that it's the number one danger to global stability; and national security. At some point the US may have to act to stop Harper in his tracks....what's holding Obama back, I'd venture, is similar Chinese penetration of American ownerships and investments and deals of various kinds.
And yes, why are so many Canadians collaborating and advocating for the Harper cause, and most people just shrug it off and don't seem to want to take action? Not just because the media are subtextually telling them to, but out of calculated and cultivated antipathy....and take note this was pulled in the midst of one of the worst series of winter storms in quite a while......
The apathy I can understand; I understand Harper's supporters too, and just shake my head at the alternate reality they live in and their lack of comprehension of science and humane society - actually their hostility to both. Authoritarianism has always been part of the monarchic enterprise in Canada; and armed force or legal authority used to cow the population in times of unrest and dissent; we never fought for our freedom, we only had it handed to us as a turn-key operation, with strict conditions and oversight; that oversight was cut off in 1982, and Britain washes its hands now......while the US and China move in for the kill on the carcass of what had once been the most important dominion.....that natives will fight for their freedom, and Quebecois youth seem like they're ready to.
But most people are digging out the car right now, that's the overriding reality, and Harper's exploiting it to he max, as are the media pitching the lie that some poll says 82% of us support turning Canada into a police state where environmentalism and native rights are now suddenly criminal?