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Press release - PPC Leader Maxime Bernier Arrested for Speaking at Rallies in Manitoba
PPC HQ, Ottawa, June 11, 2021 — The Leader of the People’s Party of Canada, Maxime Bernier, was arrested by RCMP officers in St-Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba, after making an appearance to speak against government lockdowns at a rally with supporters in that small town. Mr. Bernier was beginning a 3-day tour of the province to denounce lockdown policies, as he has been doing in six different provinces for several months.
Mr. Bernier, a political leader, was wrongfully arrested on charges that violate his constitutional rights as a Canadian citizen. Section 2(c) of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the right to peaceful assembly. This fundamental freedom has not been nullified just because of the existence of the virus.
PPC spokesperson Martin Masse stated that: “This isn’t about covid anymore. It’s political repression. This is the kind of stuff countries like China and Russia do. Mr. Bernier was arrested for opposing the unjustified and unscientific lockdown measures imposed on Canadians by our incompetent federal and provincial governments for over 15 months. Measures that violate our basic rights, and that will have disastrous effects on Canadians’ health and well-being, as well as on the country’s public finances, for years to come.”
Mr. Bernier is represented by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.
For more information, please write to: [email protected]
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