July 4th, 2022

EXPECT RETURN OF LOCKDOWNS, Tamara Lich’s lawyer said

Wellington Street Journal staff —

Canadians might see more lockdowns in the fall for the simple reason that the powerful love power.

That’s according to Freedom Convoy lawyer Keith Wilson.

In an interview with Montreal lawyer Viva Frei on June 29, Keith Wilson argued that “these politicians and bureaucrats are like the kid who has had ice cream at the ice cream store for the first time. They love this power that they have acquired over Canadians and I don’t think they are going to give it up and by October they might be just itching to get back into that ice cream store.”

He added that federal government is also considering changing the status of who is fully vaccinated.

“If it’s the case in the fall that the federal government does what it has been musing it might do, which is to redefine what is an unvaccinated flyer, from someone who has two does to someone who has three doses, then that is going to expand the number of unvaccinated Canadians who are impacted by these mandates from about 5 million to about 20 million.

“It will be interesting times come the fall if they will actually make that move. And they are a little boxed in because all the evidence that we have had come out in the cross examinations and in the various expert reports, is that after six months the effectiveness of the double dose on preventing Omicron is either zero or close to zero. So, this whole idea that there is a vaccinated flyer right now with two doses isn’t even a thing in science.”

Wilson, who represents Freedom Convoy leader Tamara Lich, asked Frei for the interview to get the word out on the Lich case and what is actually happening.

Tamara Lich was arrested on June 27, after the Ottawa Police launched a Canada-wide search warrant for Lich.  “They usually only do a Canada-wide warrant for a murderer, multiple rapist,” Wilson said. Someone who is on an armed bank robbery spree.”

However, in Lich’s case, Wilson said, “She is a grandmother, a freedom fighter, who has no criminal record, who has contributed to her community, who hasn’t engaged in violence, who has constantly advocated against violence, advocated for the respect for the rule of law.”

Lich had even worked as a police dispatcher, making the arrest uncomfortable for some officers, Wilson said.

Lich was not in hiding, he said. She was arrested in Medicine Hat, where she works and lives and transported to a Medicine Hat jail. She was then flown to Ottawa and expected to face a judge on Tuesday, July 5 on charges of breaching the rules of her probation.

Lich faces charges of mischief, counselling mischief, obstructing police, counselling to obstruct police, counselling intimidation and intimidation by blocking and obstructing one or more highways for her role as one of the organizers of the protest that occupied about five downtown streets in Ottawa in February.

Her probation rules forbid her from being in the presence of freedom convoy supporter Tom Marazzo, a former military captain who was responsible for liaising with police to keep vehicles in police-sanctioned locations to ensure emergency traffic flow. With the exception of Wellington Street, the freedom convoy did not block east-west traffic.

When Lich showed up in Toronto to receive the George Jonus Freedom award at the $200 per plate event, she posed for a photo with five others, including Tom Marazzo. However, Wilson said that the probation order states that Lich can only be in the presence of Marazzo if her lawyer is present.

However, her lawyers were in the room, Wilson said. “She is not allowed to have communications with Tom Marazzo, except in the presence of or through council, through lawyers. Off camera are her lawyers and Tom’s lawyers.”

The breach of probation was based on that one photo, Wilson said.

Speaking about Lich’s most serious charge of counselling mischief, Wilson said it occurred when she was peacefully arrested in downtown Ottawa and said three words. “Hold the line.”

Wilson argued that this does not constitute mischief, which is a non-criminal offence and can include playing music too loud.

The expression ‘hold the line’ does mean break the law, Wilson said. To Lich, holding the line means “respecting the rule of law, holding government to account for its over reach and expecting that governments will respect Canadians’ Charter rights. That’s what ‘hold the line’ means,” Wilson explained to Frei. “The crown has sought to some nefarious unlawful statement.”

He added that Lich is a political prisoner.

Wilson noted also that the police are not independent of government, although they try to appear to be. “Leaders send messages,” Wilson said. “Our prime minister and his highly unethical cabinet have sent messages that they want those who speak out against the government punished. They want fear. They want Canadians afraid to exercise their right. That’s my view. You cannot explain it in any other way.”

Wilson, who is a constitutional lawyer, is also representing former Newfoundland premier Brian Peckford, in his lawsuit against the federal government for over reaching and enforcing a vaccine mandate for travel.

Wilson said that as long as the legal process is fair and transparent, he and his legal team will expose the government. “We’ll be able to, through their testimony, expose exactly what happened and when it happened and the obvious conclusion that there was zero justification for our prime minister invoking the Emergencies Act against Canadians and sending in the goons and beating up Canadians.”

He added: “Government wanted us to withdraw our charter challenge and they were prepared to offer it on a without-cost basis. We had prior instructions from Premier Peckford, No, Full steam ahead. So, we said no, we are not accepting that.”

Wilson also worries about the erosion of Canadian freedoms.

 “This is unbelievable what has happened in our country,” Wilson said. “Millions of Canadians had their charter rights grossly violated. It has caused so many of us to say, “Hey, does this charter really mean anything?” The court needs to rule. Are there limits on the power of the federal government and are they limited by the charter?”

He said that while cross examining a senior government official Wilson “got them to admit that unvaccinated became political prisoners. I said, ‘so if this person wants to get back to England, their option is swim, right? They had to say, “yeah.”’