An Unlikely Canadian Hero's Tale of Non-Violent Defiance
[Gary] McHale was not as advertised – nothing like it -- and the reason he seems so foreign, even odd, is because he’s that rarest of modern Canadian creatures – a man who acts on principle, lives and breathes it in fact.
In our collective defense, there are so few of these folks around it’s little wonder we’re suspicious of them. The McHales gave up so much in what might be called, though it’s a bit of a stretch, the fight for a free Caledonia – financial security, the trappings of an ordinarily comfortable, if not affluent, life – in exchange for permanent poverty, vilification by the state and a generally sleepy press, and arrest and harassment by the [Ontario Provincial Police].
I agree with veteran reporter Christie Blatchford, quoted above.
My fellow Canadians tend to be a rather timid bunch.
We're more prone to writing angry letters to the editor than taking to the streets (unless it's to riot after a hockey victory).
We tend to care more about the lottery than liberty, and free coffees than freedom.
That's why, as Blatchford noted, Gary McHale seems at once so very Canadian and yet so... foreign.
The "political activists" we do have up here tend to be well-paid professional protesters and office-bound do-gooders, left-wingers all.
Despite his admiration for their supposed hero Martin Luther King, Jr., however, McHale is abhorred by those very leftists.
Maybe his front-line, high-risk protests shame them a little.
But mostly, Gary McHale has quietly yet stubbornly dared to question what he calls "race-based policing" -- the kid-glove treatment Canadian Indian protesters (some would call them terrorists)receive when they violently attack non-Native persons and their property.
Especially as he witnessed it first hand, in a place called Caledonia.
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