Despite large gatherings being declared illegal by the government, a crowd of a hundred gathered to hear speakers Randy Hillier, Rocco Galati and Maxime Bernier on the COVID-19 measures.
At 10:00am on October 21, 2020, an unmasked crowd was gathered north of Queen’s Park Boulevard, at the rear of Edward the VII’s equestrian statue.
Independent Member of Provincial Parliament, Randy Hillier, hosted a gathering in defiance of COVID restrictions. The MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston supported enforcement of ‘unlawful laws’ by saying,
“Doug Ford, we’re not cowards like you are! … That’s why he’s not here today, that’s why bylaw [officers are] not here today. They don’t want you to test the law. They don’t want to enforce the law; they just want you to be scared of the law”.
Approximately a hundred people gathered despite the legal ramifications of being present, capturing every word on their recording devices. Also speaking at the conference was Executive Director and Founder of the Constitutional Rights Centre. Speaking about Ontario’s Premier, Doug Ford, Rocco Galati, said, “He’s buried the constitution. He’s buried democracy; so he has to answer [for] that both at the polls and in the courts”.
Galati asserted that mandatory masking is an unconstitutional medical procedure without the informed consent of each individual. He finished by reiterating the need for proportional Covid measures that help those affected without the widespread closures that hurt, more than they help. He’s also filed a lawsuit against members of the government and the CBC.
People’s Party of Canada leader, Maxime Bernier, also addressed the crowd and said: “The biggest virus right now is socialism…They are using the Bank of Canada, and at the end we will pay. Inflation is the hidden tax, the worst of all taxes…So we must stop all this spending and buying votes with money we don’t have!”
Later rumblings of something happening on the steps of parliament spread. One emboldened attendee marched directly south to the front doors of the legislative building and resolved to carry out a citizen’s arrest on an official (believed to be Doug Ford).
Several officers prevented Mr. Brian Kenner from entering the building. As he persisted towards the doors, officers subdued him to the ground. Kenner was eventually admitted into parliament, in handcuffs. Afterwards, spectators discussed the distinction between arrest and detainment, before leaving confident that Kenner would soon be free.
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