Lawful protests important

Lawful protests are an important part of our society and many important social changes that we celebrate today have happened

On Jan. 15, 2013 I did an interview with Tess Van Stratten that aired on the 5 p.m. CHEK News regarding the Idle No More blockade planned for the Pat Bay Highway.

Unfortunately, the way Ms. Van Stratten led into my interview she said I felt a blockade was “absolutely necessary.”

Those were her words.

I do not believe blockades are “absolutely necessary.”

My point in the interview was that Canadians who feel their voices are muted have the democratic freedom of peaceful assembly.

Lawful protests are an important part of our society and many important social changes that we celebrate today have happened, in part, due to people exercising this right.

Adam Olsen, Green Party of B.C.

Nominee, Saanich North & the Islands

Central Saanich