Final residing signer of Canadian constitutional constitution of rights sues authorities over COVID journey ban
The final residing drafter and signatory of the Canadian Constitution of Rights and Freedoms, which is the best regulation of the land, is suing the Canadian federal authorities over its journey ban for the unvaccinated.
Former Newfoundland Premier Brian Peckford, 79, is the primary applicant in a case introduced towards the federal authorities by the Calgary-based Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, in accordance with a press launch.
“It’s turning into extra apparent that being vaccinated doesn’t cease folks from getting Covid and doesn’t cease them from spreading it,” the previous premier mentioned in an announcement. “The federal government has not proven that the coverage makes flying safer—it merely discriminates.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rolled out one of many world’s strictest COVID-19 vaccine mandates final fall. By Oct. 30, workers in all federally regulated industries had been required to be vaccinated or face termination. Anybody aged 12 and over who wished to journey by aircraft, practice or ship was additionally ordered to be vaccinated.
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“Once I heard Prime Minister Trudeau name the unvaccinated ‘racists,’ ‘misogynists, ‘anti-science’ and ‘extremist,’ and his musing, ‘can we tolerate these folks?’ it grew to become clear he’s sowing divisions and advancing his vendetta towards a selected group of Canadians,” Peckford continued, referencing a resurfaced interview with Trudeau from September 2021.
“That is fully towards the democratic and Canadian values I really like about this nation,” he mentioned.
“The federal journey ban has segregated me from different Canadians. It’s discriminatory, violates my Constitution rights and that’s why I’m combating the journey ban,” Peckford added.
The lawsuit alleges violations of Constitution rights, together with mobility, life, liberty and safety of the individual, privateness, and discrimination. The Canadian Constitution of Rights and Freedoms was a invoice of rights for Canadians entrenched within the Structure Act, 1982.
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Throughout an intensive latest interview with Canadian writer and professor Jordan Peterson, Peckford laid out the parts of the Constitution he helped to draft and that he believes are being violated. He additionally defined his distinctive position as the one first minister left alive who was on the convention that helped draft the freedoms enshrined within the doc.
“I do that very reluctantly,” he mentioned. “I have been watching this factor now for nearly two years. I have been talking out about it at public conferences and on my weblog and so forth, and I’ve come to the conclusion now that I have to—as a Canadian and as one of many writers and founders of the Structure Act of 1982—not solely discuss it, I have to act about it.
“I have to present Canadians that I am so involved as a citizen, as a former first minister that helped craft this Structure Act of 1982, that I have to take motion towards my very own authorities. As a result of they’ve violated rights that I and others helped craft in 1981 and 1982,” he added.
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“Canadians have been dropping hope within the Constitution and our courts,” mentioned Keith Wilson, Q.C., who’s lead counsel for the authorized problem. “We’re going to put the most effective arguments and proof ahead in order that the courtroom can make clear the place governments overstep.”