Charter’s Last Surviving Signer and Former Prime Minister Sue Ottawa for Travel Vaccine Obligations


Brian Peckford, the former Prime Minister of New Fundland and the last surviving architect of the Canadian Rights and Freedom Charter, filed a proceeding against the federal government on January 26.

Along with the other five applicants, Peckford’s team challenges the constitutional benefits of the Trudeau administration’s obligation to limit Canadian travel without COVID-19 vaccination.

And because of the bond between his experience and the charter he helped create, Peckford says he is determined to preserve it-and the Canadian rights and freedoms he said are that. Formed the desired structure.

“This is the culmination of my work against it, and I believe that a very large part of our democracy can be destroyed,” he said in The Epoch Times. I mentioned in an interview. “I think we would have witnessed a decline in power if the Charter had not been respected at the end of the day.

“This is an important and historic moment for everyone to determine if the Charter of Rights and Freedom really means anything.”

David Wraith agrees.

Ray is Vice President of Development and Engagement at the Frontier Public Policy Center. He believes the federal government has violated the Charter, but judges may still favor personal translations instead of judicial interpretations, he says.

“The bottom line is that the Charter of Rights and Freedom, unlike other federal laws, is a constitution,” Ray told The Epoch Times.

“Judges with basic legal knowledge need to deal with this claim, which is inevitable. For some reason, some of our courts and judges lack action. And they aren’t doing their job. So this is good. I think this is a crucial moment as this proceeding has been filed and represents a legal confrontation in our country. “

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Eight state prime ministers attended a press conference on the draft constitutional amendment of the federal government in Ottawa on April 16, 1981.
(LR) Brian Peckford of New Foundland, Allan Blakeney of Saskatchewan, William Bennett of British Columbia, Rene Levesque of Quebec, Sterling Lyon of Manitoba, John Buchanan of Nova Scotia, Angus McLean of PEI , Alberta’s Peter La Freed. (Canadian Press / Peter Breg)

In recent months, Peckford has mainly toured Vancouver Island, interviewed him, and wrote a personal blog warning Canadians about the possibility of a constitutional collapse.

Still, when he was ready to publicly announce the proceedings, he said he was reluctant to trust the majority of the Canadian media in the news. So he called a famous Canadian. He immediately agreed to interview him and post it on his social media.

After talking to Jordan Peterson, the interview was uploaded to YouTube On January 26th, there were more than 125,000 views in the first 9 hours. Peckford then had the Constitutional Freedom Justice Center, which filed a proceeding on his behalf, make an official announcement through a press release shortly thereafter.

Keith Wilson QC is the Chief Attorney for Peckford’s Legal Team. He told the Epoch Times that the federal government had stepped beyond legal boundaries with a travel ban, and they would use a charter to prove it.

“Through this case, we will define the limits of the government’s overkill to the lives of Canadians,” Wilson said.

“The real battle in this case can occur under Section 1 (of the Charter), where the government needs to admit the violation because all the violations are genuine and depressing. , Need to justify it.

“And from statements by the Prime Minister and other government officials, it is absolutely clear that they are limiting freedom of movement to force Canadians to vaccinate. This is a charter of rights and freedoms. It’s not the proper exercise of the legal legislative function in parliamentary democracy that you have, and when you face it, you take the government to court, and that’s exactly what we do. “

Brian Giesbrecht is a former judge of the Manitoba State Court. In an interview with The Epoch Times, he reiterated Wilson’s assessment that banning travelers based on vaccination status was an overkill for the government. Therefore, he believes that Peckford and his team should focus on this mission for legal action.

“Overall, I think Brian Peckford’s proceedings definitely benefit. It’s very interesting to see what the Supreme Court decides,” Giesbrecht said in an interview. “If they don’t allow this, the ability to move from one state to another is just a fundamental right and is limited for very suspicious reasons, making us pessimistic about the meaning of Canadian civil rights. . “

“The federal government hasn’t let go to prove that we need to do this,” Peckford added.

“Of course, if we win, we find that the reaffirmation of the Charter of Rights and Freedom was what was supposed to be when it was written and passed by the House of Commons.”

Jeff Sandes

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Jeff Sandes is a freelance contributor to The Epoch Times based in the Vancouver area.