Anarchy versus Government in Toronto

The G8 and the G20 summits took place in Ontario over the weekend and media reports focused on violent protests on the streets of Toronto. How you view the violence depends on where you reside. For most of the world, the protests took on a symbolic importance as anarchy in the streets surged into the vacuum created by the lack of consensus or effective action by the governments of the world’s largest economies – the images of chaos on Toronto’s normally orderly streets reflected the chaos people sense in the global economy right now. For Canadians, the demonstrations and the police response are more than symbolic: they are evidence of a failure on the part of Canadian governments – federal, provincial, and Toronto’s regional and local governments – to maintain peace and order.