What it IS, is assault.
Striking someone with ANYTHING without their consent is assault. You could hit them with a feather pillow and it would be assault - because in this society, you're NOT ALLOWED TO HIT PEOPLE YOU DON'T KNOW. These are the rules we all agree to live under - it's a condition of civilization. We all agree to, for example, give up our right to steal other people's property, because we don't want our property stolen.
I understand that people are facing hardships. I understand that people want rent controls and affordable housing, and consider the lack thereof a condemnation of this government... I understand your frustration - I really do. I'm a renter in Calgary. Not a day goes by I don't feel a sense of dread as I check my mailbox for envelopes with my landlord's logo on them. But the right to protest does not supercede the right of the Premier, or anyone else, to personal security. You think he's an ineffective, hillbilly boob who doesn't understand the cities? Take his job away by voting against him, or by RUNNING against him. But if you think the best way to shed light on your plight is to smack him in the face, then be prepared for the people around you to cast off the shackles of civilization as well.
The Enlightened Savage is sick of the degradation of debate in this country to the point where, rather than having an enlightened discussion, we are faced with morons who would rather just throw a pie in a politician's face. To bring my disgust and frustration to the attention of the media, I think I'll go find a pie-thrower, and punch her in the face.
Seems a little extreme?
It is. So knock it off. If assault is good for the goose...