Does justice depend on the topic at hand? Brian Lilley takes a look at the treatment given G8/G20 protestors versus Linda Gibbons, still serving time for protesting outside an abortion clinic.
Ontario has no bubble-zone law that restricts free speech outside of abortion clinics. There is no permanent injunction in place for this particular clinic either. The one put in place by long-ago attorney-general Marion Boyd was supposed to be a short-term measure. It has stuck and been enforced by police ever since.
If a similar attempt to shut down free speech outside of a legislature or city hall or even a gathering of world leaders had taken place, there would be an uproar. The civil liberties groups would demand the law be overturned. There would be daily warnings about Canada turning into a police state. Opposition politicians at the federal and provincial level would demand answers.
All of that did happen when there was an attempt to shut down free speech at the G20 summits. Why the silence in the case of Linda Gibbons?