There's no outcry from the Liberals on this or any other issue that Liberal leaders in the past have stood up and fought for, which to me explains why Mr. Ignatieff can garner no momentum in the weekly polls in spite of having an unpopular Tory PM to run against.
For example he could rail against erosion of our rights' under this Conservative government. Go read this speech given by Naomi Klein at the telethon held to raise funds and cover the legal costs of G20 protesters in Toronto. In many ways what took place in late June is emblematic of the contempt our government now holds anyone who protests their policies in. It also is illustrative of how far our governments will go to silence dissent. Make no mistake, that's what those mass arrests in Toronto were all about. They were not about keeping the peace.
For those who either don't know or don't recall, Naomi recounts,
...large parts of Toronto were engulfed in a sprawling security zone as an atmosphere of hysteria gripped our city. Residents were subject to arbitrary searches as they went to and from work, discovering that they were in a bizarre rights-free zone. Peaceful protesters were attacked with rubber bullets, tear gas, and pepper spray. At Queen's Park Riot police plowed into groups of people sitting on the grass flailing their batons and kicking protesters to the ground.All of this should be shocking to read but sadly it barely breaks through cacophony of the MSM 24/7 news cycles that treats all stories equally whether they be about drunken celebrities or public policy. We need to demand more from both our politicians and the media. That axiom about nations getting the governments they deserve is likely to hold just as true about the media. If we do not hold them accountable it is not likely that they will change what they do any time soon.
In all, over 1,100 people were arrested -- the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. Roughly 800 of them were jailed.
From them we have heard many reports of beatings (including beatings of people in handcuffs). Of racist, sexist, and homophobic slurs and threats, of people being screamed at for speaking in languages other than English. Of strip searches of women by male officers, of groping by police, sexual solicitation, rape threats. We also heard about the shocking detention conditions: people crammed into cells, unable to lie down. Medicines were denied, as was the right to counsel.