Toews can dish it out, can’t take it

Let the probery begin:

The RCMP is investigating “serious threats” allegedly made against Public Safety Minister Vic Toews as opposition to a contentious Internet surveillance law grows.

In an open letter to his Manitoba constituents distributed over the weekend, Toews said the threats have been “referred to the police for investigation.”

The “personal attacks, criminal acts and threats of future criminal acts against me” won’t prevent him from carrying out his parliamentary duties, he wrote.

“Any further criminal activity or threats of criminal activity against me or my family will also be referred to the police,” Toews concluded.

Toews doesn’t specify exactly what he means by “criminal activity or theats”, and I’ve seen little evidence of anything that could be so described on the Toews twitterstreams, blogposts or videos, so I have to wonder if maybe this isn’t a case of being able to dish it out but not take it.

Certainly the past week hasn’t been one that Toews will look back on fondly, since he spent most of it watching with impotent rage as he was mocked and castigated with great gusto by a relentless online Insult Juggernaut.  No doubt he’s painfully aware that a good deal of amusement continues to be had at his expense (and rightly so).  But if there was anything even remotely “criminal” in the scornful laughter and hoots of derision being directed his way on the internets, I missed it.

From where I sit, the only thing that’s being criminally threatened is the privacy of Canadians — hey cops, how about we investigate that??

AND, also:  For your further amusement, the best of the #tellviceverything tweets.

AND in related, or at least *oddly similar*, news:  Hmmm. 

(2nd Image via fhg in the comments)

6 Responses to “Toews can dish it out, can’t take it”


  1. 1 Toe Monday, February 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I think he’s talking about the most recent Anon youtube, which is personal, specific against Toews, altho Anon warns the world as well.

  2. 2 cityprole Monday, February 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    A really sincere *snicker* sounding cop was just on the 5 o clock news going on and on about how they would still have to get a warrant, that all they would be entitled to under C30 would be your subscription info..gee, you mean the witchhunt will be delayed by something as inane as a warrant? Don’t believe it for a minute, but, hey, cute move, getting your jackboots to try and calm the bad Canadians out there..and good luck with anyone believing you…Captain Probe.

  3. 3 G.J.W. Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    All the police need, is to watch porn all day and night. It was bad enough police were caught watching porn at work, on our tax dollars. Toews didn’t even know, what the hell was all on that bill. What a stupid farce.

    This is all about Harper, needing to hide his dastardly deeds from the public. He absolutely hates being exposed on the internet, for his dirty tactics. Dictators have to control everything, they don’t feel safe unless they do.

    All dictators muzzle the media, fist thing. Then Harper muzzled the scientists. They are not permitted to publish their papers. Everything goes through Harper first. During the Federal campaign. Harper sent his henchmen to Guelph University, to stop the students from voting. They even tried to steal the ballot boxes. All dictators are paranoid, as far back as we can go. There were three during WW11, Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini. The world heaved a sigh of relief, when they were all dead. Stalin went on with his dictatorship. However, when he lay upstairs dying, not one soul lifted a finger to help him. They let him die, alone.

    I could care less, about Toews stupid divorce. I couldn’t even be bothered to read about it. That was just another dirty Conservative tactic, to discredit the NDP. Neither the Federal Liberals, nor the NDP have ever sunk to Harper’s level. Harper is desperate to get control of the internet, that was known ages ago. So they can cut the crap.

  4. 4 JJ Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Yes, that seems to be the story. But I haven’t heard anything overtly threatening in Anon’s videos — other than threatening to expose Toews for the hypocrite that he is, and maybe hack a government website or two.

    I am watching the Ministry of Public Safety website raptly, waiting for something cool to screen-shot 😛 (If it was me, I’d just take the “L” out of “Public”.)

  5. 5 JJ Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I think I saw that same cop on the later news. Hahahahahaa! Oh sure.

    Nope, any legislation that they have to hide behind the rubric of “child porn fighting” cannot be a good thing. We already have teams of cops managing to arrest purveyors of kiddy porn without intrusive legislation that affects other Canadians, so it should stay that way.

  6. 6 JJ Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks for all that 😕 but I sincerely hope you’re not comparing Harper to dictators who were responsible for the deaths of millions of people.

    Harper is an authoritarian goofball but he’s a long way from Hitler, and if progressives want to start winning they better get a handle on that reality. OTOH, some find demagoguery to be great fun: if it’s more important than winning, carry on with the Hitler analogies.


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