The opposite of the "rule of law" is the "rule of man". Canadians love the rule of law so dearly because it makes us feel safe: we know what to expect in life; we know if we follow the rules, the police won't capriciously arrest us. There will be no knock on our door in the middle of the night. We won't be arrested without a proper reason. The rule of law gives us confidence when we deal with the state and its officers, even its policemen, even its prime ministers. Because we know that they are our servants and that, if anything, they are bound by more rules than we are. They only hold the power that we give them, and they only hold it in trust for us.
We are strict with our police; maybe even too strict, but that's a better error to make than being too lax. Besides Internal Affairs officers within police departments, we have additional layers of scrutiny. For example,
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