Posts Tagged ‘Canadian Constitutional Crisis’
Members Of Canadian Government & Liberal Media Lied About Finding Firearms Amid The Dispersal Of Freedom Convoy Protests In Ottawa.
When police dispersed the Freedom Convoy in Ottawa in February, a Conservative MP accused a media outlet and a Liberal cabinet minister of disseminating “misinformation” about loaded firearms found among protestors. At a meeting of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety on March 24, Conservative MP Dane Lloyd made the assertion while questioning interim Ottawa Police Service (OPS) head Steve Bell. Lloyd made his remarks in response to a story that appeared in the Toronto Star on March 19. “Fears that there were weapons inside some of the trucks proved prescient,” according to the newspaper, “a police source stated loaded shotguns were found.” Lloyd urged Bell to clarify whether the claims were accurate on several occasions. “Did you find any loaded firearms, yes or no?” Lloyd remarked. “In connection to—no, not relating to any charges at this…Read More
88% of Freedom Convoy Donations Came From Canada Despite Claims of Canadian Feds.
On Thursday, a House committee meeting to evaluate the finances behind the weeks-long cross-country protest contested the federal government’s claim that the Freedom Convoy was primarily foreign-funded. The Public Safety Committee hearing was acrimonious at times, with some MPs criticizing GoFundMe for originally agreeing to carry the convoy’s campaign, and later GiveSendGo for continuing to pursue it despite legal action. According to figures supplied by GoFundMe’s president, the government’s assertion that the trucker-led movement against COVID-19 limitations was a “primarily foreign-funded, targeted, and organized attack” on Canada’s democracy, as stated by Minister of Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair, was refuted. “According to our data, 88 percent of contributed donations came from Canada, and 86 percent of donors came from Canada,” Juan Benitez added. Benitez also stated that his company has capabilities to detect nefarious activity related to donations, but that this…Read More
Member of Legislative Assembly In Alberta Calls For The Release Of Freedom Convoy Organizer Tamara Lich.
An Alberta MLA is advocating for the release of Tamara Lich, a constituent who was arrested for organizing the truckers’ Freedom Convoy protest against federal COVID-19 rules. Drew Barnes, MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat, published a statement on Twitter on Feb. 27 headlined “Free Tamara,” calling Lich’s continued detention a “miscarriage of justice” now that the Ottawa demonstration has finished. “In her position with the freedom convoy to Ottawa, she freely admits to participating in nonviolent civil disobedience.” “She is charged with mischief and nothing else,” Barnes said. “Despite this, an Ontario judge has denied her bail, refusing to accept her promise to return to Alberta peacefully.” On February 17, Lich was arrested and charged with inciting to conduct mischief. On Feb. 22, Ontario Court Justice Julie Bourgeois denied her bail, stating that her detention is “essential for the protection and…Read More
Constitutional Rights Group Is Suing Canadian Federal Government For Unlawful Invocation Of Emergencies Act.
A constitutional rights organization has filed a lawsuit against Ottawa for invoking the Emergencies Act and blocking the financial accounts of many people who took part in recent rallies against the government COVID-19 regulations. In a news release dated February 25, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) announced it had launched a constitutional challenge against the federal government on behalf of four Canadians, including two decorated military veterans and a former police officer. On Feb. 14, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau activated the act, giving police broad new powers to expel protestors from downtown Ottawa and demonstrators who were blocking multiple Canada-US border crossings in solidarity with those in the national capital. Financial institutions were also empowered to freeze the accounts of individuals and corporations suspected of being involved in the protests without requiring a court order under the public order…Read More
Canadian Freedom Convoy Organizer Pat King Charged Without Bail.
Pat King, a vociferous protester who took part in the large-scale “Freedom Convoy” protest in downtown Ottawa in recent weeks in opposition to government COVID-19 regulations and limitations, has been denied bail by an Ontario court. King, who was arrested in Ottawa on Feb. 18, is charged with mischief, assisting in the conduct of mischief, assisting in the commission of the offence of violating a court order, and assisting in the obstructing of police. He is frequently mentioned in the media as one of the organizers of the Freedom Convoy demonstration, and his Facebook profile has over 350,000 followers. At a news conference on Feb. 6, Keith Wilson, a lawyer from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms who represents the organizers, made it clear that King is not one of them. Wilson acknowledged that “we have numerous persons in the…Read More
Two Edmonton Officers Terminated Without Pay For Publicly Supporting Canadian Freedom Convoy.
Two Edmonton Police Service (EPS) officers have been suspended without pay for publicly supporting the trucker protest against COVID-19 regulations and restrictions. According to an emailed statement from EPS spokesperson Cheryl Sheppard to The Epoch Times on Feb. 26, Constable Elena Golysheva and Staff Sergeant Rick Abbott were both “relieved of duty without pay following a preliminary internal inquiry” as of Feb. 23. “An investigation under the Police Service Regulation is being conducted by the EPS Professional Standards Branch. As a result, I’m unable to share any other details.” Both Golysheva and Abbott spoke at a convoy demonstration outside the Canada-US border crossing in Coutts, Alta., on Feb. 12, praising truckers and their supporters, and a video of their statements was shared on Facebook. Abbott addressed the gathering, “We’re on a little bit of thin ice up here doing this,…Read More
Almost 40 Trucking Businesses Were Shut Down For Participation In The Freedom Convoy.
During the crackdown on Freedom Convoy demonstrators contesting COVID-19 mandates and restrictions, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) announced that approximately 40 businesses were shut down. Dakota Brasier, a spokesperson for Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney, said in an email to Global News on Feb. 23 that the ministry has issued 12 seizure orders to Ontario-based heavy truck operators, suspending their ability to operate throughout Canada. According to Brasier, the government also issued an order to seize any plates registered to them. According to Brasier, the ministry also issued 27 seizure orders to out-of-province heavy truck operators, effectively prohibiting them from operating any commercial motor vehicles in Ontario. When requested by Truck News for comment, the MTO refused to provide the names of the businesses that were served with seizure warrants. “At this moment, the government will not divulge the…Read More
Alberta Deciding Whether Or Not To Continue Repealing COVID Measures On Saturday.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he’ll announce “a final decision” this Saturday on whether to proceed with the second phase of the province’s pandemic reopening plan. Kenney says on social media it will be “a prudent decision based on the latest data” and that “damaging restrictions should not last one day longer than necessary to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed.” Step 2 will remove any remaining requirements for schools, such as cohorts for kids in kindergarten to Grade 6, and will drop youth screening for entertainment and sports, as well as capacity limits on all large venues. It will also remove indoor mask requirements, indoor and outdoor gathering limits, and mandatory work-from-home requirements. Kenney ended the province’s vaccine passport earlier this month as well as mask requirements for schools, and mask requirements in all settings for children under 12. He said at that…Read More
Ottawa Police Persecute Protestors For The 2nd Day.
On Feb. 19, police shattered truck windows and battled demonstrators as law enforcement continued to press in on the main protest location in downtown Ottawa. Around 1 p.m. on Feb. 19, Ottawa police said that 47 persons had been detained and 38 vehicles had been towed. A large police presence remained in downtown Ottawa, a day after law enforcement stepped up operations against demonstrators opposing COVID-19 mandates in order to disperse rallies near the Parliament Buildings of Canada. Many trucks and cars have been removed from the protest location by police, and more were driven away on Feb. 19, although some remain. Demonstrators are still present in the neighborhood, with some fresh arrivals on February 19. Following the federal government’s deployment of the Emergencies Act, police operations were expanded. On Feb. 18, police made over 100 arrests and removed…Read More
Deputy Prime Minister Idiotically Defends The Use Of Canadian Emergencies Act.
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland defended the Liberal government’s use of the Emergencies Act to deal with protesters in Ottawa, claiming that the demonstrators are attempting to “usurp the authority” of the democratically elected government. Freeland made the comments during a virtual press conference on Feb. 18 to update the public on the government’s efforts to stop the protest, which began on Jan. 29. Several cabinet members, including Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino, Justice Minister David Lametti, and Minister of Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair, as well as Government House Leader Mark Holland, were in attendance. “Today, our economy and democracy are under attack from a foreign-funded adversary,” Freeland stated. “We must not allow these illegal blockades and occupations to usurp the authority of democratically elected governments.” They must and will not be permitted to endanger peace, order, and good governance.…Read More