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The “tolerant left” strikes again; literally

January 2017

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the “tolerant left” continues to show the kind of hateful intolerance to other political views that is their trademark.

Back on January 21, a male NDP supporter (Jason Dion Bews) at the NDP sponsored Women’s March on Washington in Edmonton, Alberta, a rally organized to protest President Trump, punched a conservative female reporter’s (Sheila Gunn Reid) camera, driving it into her face, after threatening to break her camera, because he objected to being filmed. There is no law against being filmed in a public place, including by the media at a news-worthy event, unless it rises to the level of harassment.

Given that he gave the finger to the camera and uttered, “Ezra Levant, F–k you”, it’s likely he simply objected to being filmed by a conservative news outlet, that being The Rebel Media. If Gunn Reid represented a liberal media outlet, it’s quite possible that he would have relished the opportunity to recite all the usual hateful leftist rhetoric we’ve all heard ad nauseam.

After his assault, he was hurried away by the NDP supporting women surrounding him, who then proceed to blame the victim. What kind of bizarro world are they living in?

Doesn’t this go against some of the victories won by the women’s movement over the years, particularly when it comes to things like assaults against women? Are these women saying it’s OK for a man to assault a woman if she provoked it? Where have we heard this sort of defence before? Oh right, from scum-bag men who claimed their wife, “just wouldn’t listen to them.” Women’s rights groups fought hard to have assault in an intimate relationship treated as the crime it is, instead of just a “family issue.”

Apparently the irony of having a man at a woman’s rally who threatens and assaults a woman, with the approval (through their inaction) of the feminists in the crowd, is lost of these social justice warriors. And they call Trump a bully and misogynist? Does anyone think Bews, who clearly isn’t a big man, would have punched a reporter if it was a bigger man? Maybe he felt secure that the crowd of mostly women would protect him?

In the video shot by Gunn Reid, you see a tall man standing to her left.  He is a friend of Gunn Reid who was acting as (non-professional) security for her.  I applaud him for not giving it right back to Bews, although under the law, he would have been justified in restraining Bews until police arrived to arrest him.

Thankfully he has been charged and will now have his day in court. One of his supporters, identified in her Facebook support video as Tiana Barnes, claims that Bews only hit Gunn Reid’s camera off the tripod. If this is to be Bews’ defence, he has two problems:

Firstly, he threatened, on camera, to break Gunn Reid’s camera. That is uttering a threat. Secondly, Bews may indeed have only intended to hit the camera, which could constitute mischief against property, but if it was driven into Gunn Reid’s face as she claims, it’s still an assault.

Bews knew he was being filmed, yet he still uttered his threat and then carried it out. That says a lot about his attitude towards women and basic respect for other people. Disgraceful!

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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