In Canada, we pride ourselves on our values of freedom and democracy. Our Constitution protects fundamental freedoms such as freedom of expression, religion, and assembly. However, recent events have shown that these values are under attack. Nathaniel Pawlowski, the son of outspoken Calgary Pastor Artur Pawlowski, has been targeted by authorities in apparent attempts to silence his voice. In this post, we will discuss the persecution of Nathaniel Pawlowski and what it means for our fundamental freedoms.
Nathaniel Pawlowski's recent speech at the European Parliament where he condemned the Liberal government's attacks on fundamental freedoms in Canada drew a lot of attention. Unfortunately, that attention also led to bizarre incidents during border crossings. On a stopover in Montreal, Nathaniel was informed that there was a warrant for his arrest relating to a municipal matter. This was followed by another incident where Nathaniel and a friend were similarly targeted at another border crossing.
These incidents raise serious concerns about the state of our fundamental freedoms. The fact that Nathaniel was targeted for his activism, despite the fact that the warrants were later withdrawn, shows that our authorities are willing to use any means necessary to silence voices of dissent. It also shows that those in power do not respect our Constitution and the fundamental freedoms that it protects.
The Calgary Police Service's response to Nathaniel's situation is particularly concerning. By suggesting that Nathaniel should reach out to the courts to find out why he keeps being targeted, they are essentially enabling these attacks on fundamental freedoms. It is the duty of the police to protect citizens from unwarranted persecution, not to suggest they find an answer themselves. The fact that Calgary police are denying any involvement in these incidents is even more concerning.
The persecution of Nathaniel Pawlowski serves as a call to action for all those who value our fundamental freedoms. As Albertans and members of the Solidarity Movement of Alberta, we must stand up against these attacks on fundamental freedoms. We cannot allow our democracy to be undermined by those in power who seek to silence dissenting voices. We must demand accountability from our authorities and work to protect our Constitution and the freedoms it guarantees. Freedom of expression, religion, and assembly are not just ideals – they are values that must be protected and defended. Only then can we ensure that our democracy remains strong and vibrant for generations to come.