Prime Minister Harper in Toronto Chinatown and David Chen and NDP MP Olivia Chow and Liberal MP Joe Volpe on Bill C-60 amending the Candian Criminal Code, “the Citizen’s Arrest and Self-defence Act”
On Thursday, February 17, 2011, Candian Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Toronto Chinatown grocer, David Chen, and at his Lucky Moose Food Mart. Along with PM Harper, MP Rob Nicholson, federal justice minister, and MP Julian Fantino, the minister of state for seniors.
“David Chen tried to fill the void where the justice system failed.”
What a turn, as in May, 2009, Chen and two workers were charged by Metro Toronto Police, after they tied up a man who turned out to be serial shoplifter and drug addict. To some, Chen became the symbol of vigilante, and to others, a hero of the hardworking middleclass. Some 18 months later, all charges were dropped, as the media, public and politicians flocked to Chen’s side in support.
Citizen’s Arrest and Self-defence Act
NDP MP Olivia Chow and Liberal MP Joe Volpe, also, were on hand. and have also proposed bills earlier in support of David Chen. Somewhat ironic and perhaps, hypocritical, given the pro-criminal, anti-police, anti-business attitudes of the NDP, the Liberal Party, and MP Olivia Chow. Some would argue that the soft treatment of criminals espoused by MP Olivia Chow and the NDP helped to create serial criminals like Anthony Bennett, the serial shoplifter and drug addict, in Mr David Chen’s case. Prosecutors hid the fact at Chen’s trial, that Bennett was facing new charges for shoplifters in unrelated, new incidents!
Such hypocrispy making it more pathetic when NDP MP Olivia Chow offered to translated between Chinese grocer David Chen and Prime Minister Harper. Her offer was apparently refused.
Such Crown and Metro Toronto Police actions should be investigated?!
Instead of vying for photo-ops, the politicians should investigate the actions of the Crown prosecutors and the Metro Toronto Police, for a level of prosecution that bordered on persecution…
And addressing the concerns of hard-pressed taxpayers and citizens in the ever increasingly failing national and global economy.