This is not 1984, and it’s not the dystopian future of Children of Men. We aren’t in Tiananmen Square or Soviet Republic era Moscow. These are real billboards in Downtown Toronto.
We’ve been living in a lockdown for more than a year now–sure there was a bit of a respite last summer, but that barely counts really. When the most recent restrictions were put in place Doug Ford’s Conservative government famously gave Police the authority to stop and inspect anybody, without cause. This went too far even for most Ontario police forces, resulting in a reversal.
These Billboards though? Still a step too far.
If the Ontario Liberals don’t use these in an election ad, it’s their loss.