There are laws that made sense before, many years ago, but which cannot be applied now.
Take the publication ban during a trial.
Before, a country could prohibit its journalists from publishing details of an ongoing trial to ensure that the defendants would have a fair and equitable trial.
But with the internet and social media, this ban is worth next to nothing.
We saw it during the trial of serial killers Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo in 1993.
Canadian journalists could not publish details of the case, but foreign correspondents, who were covering the trial for their respective media, could do so, not being subject to Canadian law.
So all you had to do was open your computer and read such and such a French, American or English newspaper to know these details that the Canadian media could not publish. In short, this publication ban was useless. It was a facade ban.
As lawyer Mark Bantey, who represented the Canadian media, said: “In this age of technological advancement, we have to ask ourselves whether publication bans are effective. ”
Give us a good conscience
Well, it is the same with this ordinance allowing the police to distribute fines to citizens who do not respect the sanitary instructions.
In theory, that's fine, it makes sense. But in practice, this is not realistic.
This ordinance cannot be applied.
You know it, I know it, everyone knows it.
The Deputy Prime Minister said it: you can have parties at your place, the police will not come.
Likewise, there may be thousands of you demonstrating in the street, the police will not give you any fines, as we have seen many times.
It's the feast of Yom Kippur this weekend. One of the most important festivals of the Jewish community.
Do you think the police will hand out fines to Hasidic Jews who decide not to obey the law? Do you think there will be raids on synagogues, courtyards, private homes?
Of course not. Send the police to ban a religious holiday, do you think about it?
Can you imagine the reaction of minority rights organizations? The images of these police operations would circulate on all the televisions of the world.
So what's the point of this law, if it can't really be enforced? To give us a clear conscience. To make us feel that we are doing something to contain the pandemic.
The truth is that we are in an unprecedented situation.
The old rules that framed behavior in yesterday's world no longer hold.
What do you want the police to do about a virus?
Giving fines to students for standing too close to each other in the schoolyard?
It is as if there was a blackout and all the red lights all over the planet were burnt out.
There are those who will rejoice and cross the crossroads at full speed.
And those who will stop. To protect himself. And protect others.