ANY COUNTRY’S FLAG should be a symbol of national unity and pride. Unfortunately, current events are chipping away at that symbolism here in Canada.
If participants co-opt the flag, that would seem to suggest their views represent the majority of Canadians.
But the flag belongs to everyone — even those who still think mandates and restrictions are probably necessary right now.
The same goes for the word ‘freedom’, which has been claimed by those same protesters — not unlike other dog-whistle terms used by fringe groups to separate the true believers from the enemy.
James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.