A new law in Canada gives police the right to force breathalyzer tests on citizens in their homes, at work, while shopping… or anywhere they are if they have driven within two hours.
Although this invasion of privacy without cause seems outrageous, it’s part of the socialism that has Canada firm in its power, ready to strip the rights of anyone deemed not compliant with the State.
The newly-implemented, stricter impaired driving rules make it legal for cops to demand that citizens in their homes take a breathalyzer test on the spot.
It doesn’t matter if the person opened a bottle of wine after he or she got home. Blowing over the legal limit within 120 minutes of being spotted in a car could lead to thousands of dollars in fines and a possible night in jail.
Moreover, citizens aren’t allowed to refuse the test. If they do, they could face arrest, criminal charges, and have their license suspended. Oh, and they’ll still have to pay the mandatory $2,000 fine either way.
Federal Bill C-46 implemented fines and mandatory minimum prison sentences last month. And, like all socialist laws that remove individual freedom, it was done as an effort to ‘improve’ safety and reduce impaired driving rates.
Changes to the Criminal Code under this bill give police “sweeping powers to get breath samples from anyone who might be driving impaired, regardless of whether or not there’s evidence to suggest that they are.”
“These new regulations are an egregious abuse of power and infringe upon our rights and freedoms” wrote Toronto activist Sarah Beech on Twitter this week in response to news of a Mississauga man getting breathalyzed at the Beer Store while returning empties.
Toronto-based lawyer Michael Engel said in an interview that the new powers represent “a serious erosion of civil liberties.”
Someone could be unjustly targeted, he argued, by a disgruntled coworker or family member who calls the police with a fake complaint.
Likewise, “Husbands or wives in the course of separations would drop the dime on their partner,” he said, adding that a person would have no recourse should an officer come to their home and demand a breath sample.
Put more simply by Dan Fielding, “If you want to intimidate or harass someone, it is now possible to get the police to go to their home and breath test them by claiming you saw them driving oddly.”
So if you’re neighbour hates you and sees you come home after work or from an evening out and they call the police you have to comply with the demand for a breath test even two hours after your home! But you already had 3 drinks before they arrive! You Fail
— Geoff Buxcey (@geoff_buxcey) January 9, 2019
This is the start of getting Canadians use to a military style police. They can come to your house two hrs after you’ve gotten out of your car, gone into your home cracked a couple of beers to watch the hockey game and ask you for a breath test. #ThisIsNotNormal.
— Alessandra🇨🇦🇮🇹 (@AlessandraDelV4) January 10, 2019
A police officer can show up at your home or in a public space and legally demand a breath test from you.
The onus is on YOU to prove you weren't over the limit when you drove yourself to wherever you are.
— Andrew Donovan ☧ ☘ (@ap_donovan) January 10, 2019
Such control by the State should worry people, but if history continues, most Canadians will quietly submit to a Nazi-like law that pretty much gives the State power to arrest anyone, at any time.
Oh, there will be talk. People will think it’s unjust, but in the end, it will be implemented without any major hiccup and further the move toward totalitarian rule that is taking over America’s northern neighbor.