As we approach the third Easter of this pandemic, restrictions continue to flip-flop around the country. People are increasingly speaking out across industries.
Rick Nicholls, MPP, sat in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario since 2011. In August 2021 he was removed from his position as Deputy Speaker in the Conservative Caucus for refusing the experimental COVID vaccine.
Early on in the pandemic different narratives flooded Social Media. Fact checkers label anything that differs from the official narrative as a conspiracy theory. Regardless of the truth or fallacy of the theory, the fact is there is a growing body of Professionals Against Lockdowns.
There is medical fraud going on out there right now. Your words don’t match your actions. Hold the pharmaceutical companies accountable now.Rick Nicolls, MPP, Ontario
In this interview Nicholls shares interesting information on what it’s like working inside the Government, for people who don’t know some of the protocols for a bureaucrat. He discusses why he began to think something was not right with the vaccine roll out. After dismissal from his job, Nicholls’ conscience propelled him to hold interviews and spread his urgent message and concerns.
Prior to dismissal he raised important issues in Caucus such as:
- Why have there been 86 stillborn births in fully vaccinated mothers? The Ontario Health Minister refused to answer his questions.
- Nicholls argued against extension to the Ontario emergency orders NOT be extended.
- Nicholls at Work
Nicholls shares his story with independent news outlets.
Brian Peckford is the last remaining architect of the Canadian Charter Bill or Rights. He wants to defend the people who were at that meeting in 1981.
Governments are currently violating 4 sections of the Canadian Bill of Rights.
Section 2: The freedom of conscience, religion, expression (including the press), assembly, and association
Section 6: This section talks about mobility. We can travel anywhere in the country and we can leave the country.
Section 7: The right to life, liberty and the security of person. Your person cannot be violated without your consent.
Section 15: Equality before the law. Currently some people are barred from entering certain places of business.
“How is that equality before the law?” Peckford asks.
Now, the governments are saying they can override all of these rights because of Section 1. Peckford’s reaction to that is an emphatic NO. He says:
“I remember very well when Section 1 was put in. It is very hard to change the constitution…You want something that will bring stability to your nation…Section 1 was meant to apply to a very, very dire situation in the country like a war. Like insurrection or some other dire threat to the existence of the state…not to a virus where you have 99% recovery. Not to a virus where there is 0.08% fatality. That’s not a threat to the state. That’s not a war. That’s not an insurrection. And yet they are trying to squeeze themselves into section 1 to say they are justified in doing what they are doing. The last First Minister who was there is me. All of the rest have passed away.”
Peckford explains that IF Section 1 did apply today the government would have to Demonstrably justify what they are doing. For example, they would need to do a cost-benefit analysis of the cure vs. the disease. Professor Douglas Allen, Simon Fraser University, completed a report in April 2021 showing the cure is worse than the disease. View the report here.
In 1960 Prime Minister Diefenbaker introduced the Canadian Bill of Rights. It was the first time rights for individuals were highlighted in writing. However, it wasn’t complete because that bill covered Federal jurisdiction and not Provincial jurisdiction.
What is the Difference Between the Canadian Charter of Rights and the Bill of Rights?
The Canadian Bill of Rights was the country’s first federal law to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms. (https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/canadian-bill-of-rights)
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms sets out those rights and freedoms that Canadians believe are necessary in a free and democratic society. It applies only to government actions, such as laws and policies, while human rights law applies to both private and public actions by any individual or organization, business or government body, if they engage in discrimination or harassment in one of the areas covered by human.
Is Canada’s justice system the same as it was in 1981?
Peckford explains that he was involved with creating Canada’s Charter, a 17 month endeavour, when Justin’s father Pierre Trudeau was Prime Minister. Canada was formed in 1867 with the BNA Act and there was no bill of rights and freedoms from 1867-1981 for individuals. Anyone going to court to protect their rights and freedoms had to do it by unwritten British law or custom, and convention that had grown over the years.
In the early 1980s the First Ministers of Canada met to formulate a charter of rights and freedoms that would apply to every Canadian.
“That’s what’s magical and important about the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It was the first written document that enshrined in the constitution…a National Act. Because that’s what the constitution is. It’s for the whole nation.”Hon. A.B. Peckford
In 1981 Pierre Elliot Trudeau signed the Charter of Rights. At that time there were nine provinces. The only province that did not agree with the charter was Quebec. The Court ruled at that time the document was unconstitutional because it needed to be signed by all who agreed. It was not his bill of rights.
Halfway into creating the Charter, Pierre Trudeau left the table and said the group was too difficult to work with – he was going to do it on his own. He passed the bill and eight of the ten provinces took him to court and said it was unconstitutional. The Court agreed it was unconstitutional.