The Freedom Convoy started off with a bang in January 2022, as tens of thousands of Canadians gathered together to say "no more" to Justin Trudeau's authoritarian Covid mandates. The following month, four men — Anthony Olienick, Chris Carbert, Christopher Lysak, and Jerry Morin — were arrested in Alberta on allegations that they had conspired to murder police officers in Coutts, Alberta, one of the protest sites. All four have been denied bail, left in prison for nearly two years now. It was just after their arrest that Trudeau invoked the Emergency Measures Act for the first time in Canada's history, suspending the civil liberties of Canadian citizens, claiming a threat so great it was necessary. The Emergencies Act defines a national emergency as an "urgent and critical situation" that "seriously endangers the lives, health or safety of Canadians and is of such proportions or nature as to exceed the capacity or authority of a province to deal with it." The Act cannot be applied to lawful advocacy, protest or dissent. How might Trudeau justify this decision, in that case? What was the threat, exactly?
Gord Magill has an idea...
Trudeau, mainstream media, and the Canadian left attempted to frame the convoy as something nearing a terrorist threat — a "nationwide insurrection" — but the protests remained peaceful and pro-Canadian. No evidence of any danger to Canadians has ever been evidenced. Did Trudeau need to create one?
Gord is a Canadian trucker who has been among the very few fighting to get the real story about the Coutts Four out, despite media silence. I spoke to him about why it was the truckers, in particular, that saved us from the mandates, years into lock down, and why Trudeau is allowing four men to languish in prison without bail and without evidence of intent to commit the crimes they are accused of.