The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms released a statement recently regarding the upcoming court case of Pastor James Coates of Grace Life Church in Alberta, Canada that will take place on May 3rd, 2021.
The statement from the Justice Centre is a harrowing one for all Canadians, it says that “the Court granted the Government’s request that Pastor Coates not be permitted to challenge the constitutional validity of Dr. Deena Hinshaw’s orders at the trial. The government will not be required to produce scientific evidence in support of Dr. Hinshaw’s orders.”
The release continues:
“Pastor Coates’ Charter challenge to the constitutionality and legality of Dr. Hinshaw’s orders will be heard by the Court at an unknown later date.” This has been allowed even though the Charter challenge to Dr. Hinshaw’s orders was filed in the Court of Queen’s Bench in December of 2020.
According to John Carpay, the President of the Justice Centre the courts have “given the government until July 2021 to file its scientific evidence, even though the Justice Centre already filed its scientific evidence in January.” Mr. Carpay added that “due to procedural steps and delays on the part of government lawyers, that court challenge will not be heard until at least September 2021.”
I believe it isn’t unreasonable to suggest that a government, which has access to the best resources available should be more than able to provide the evidence that they’re using to support their decision making after a year of time has elapsed.
Mr. Carpay also tore a strip out of the government noting that “after 13 months of violating Charter freedoms, the Alberta Government refuses to present evidence in support of lockdowns in Court, and unfortunately the courts have permitted the government to delay facing accountability in regard to Charter violations.”
The Government says they follow the science – why won’t they provide it?
This has got to be one of the most egregious violations of justice in my opinion. Considering the Albertan Government and other governments around Canada continue to parade themselves in front of the public and say they are following “the science” – it sure would be nice if they could produce “the science” that they’re following!
Let me be clear – I’m livid at this decision. Overdoses have skyrocketed, suicides are way up, children’s depression and anxiety rates have exploded, massive amounts of businesses have closed forever and you can’t provide the damn evidence to justify your government’s measures? The court allowed the government to kick the can down the road and continue to violate Albertans charter rights in the meantime – justice!
As the president of the Justice Centre said “justice delayed is justice denied. It is clear that the government’s approach to any challenge to its lockdown policies is to withhold the evidence and delay as long as it can.” I agree with that sentiment 100 percent.
President of the Justice Centre, Mr. Carpay also added that “the Alberta government supposedly has enough medical and scientific evidence to shut down hundreds of small businesses, pushing many of them into bankruptcy, and to cancel over 20,000 medically necessary surgeries, and to force Albertans into a third lockdown,” Mr. Carpay continued “but when asked to produce this medical and scientific evidence at trial, the Alberta government declares itself incapable of doing so.”
In closing, I don’t believe the court should have granted the government’s request to delay providing the scientific evidence that is supposed to support their charter violating measure. I may be reading into this too much – but I believe the government is afraid. They know once this goes through the courts the charade is over – justice will need to be served.
Why would you as a government want to speed up the process that will show that your government’s engagement of heavy-handed charter violating measures weren’t based on sound science? That’s just my opinion – otherwise, why would you delay the evidence? Shouldn’t the government of Alberta be eager to show an untrusting public the science that validates the governments position to violate the rights of Albertans? Wouldn’t they want that information out there?
I mean you’re following “the science” so it must mean that every decision that has violated Albertans rights was based on evidence from “the science” right?
This is highly doubtful when Chief Medical Officers like Bonnie Henry in B.C have been caught uttering statements like “none of these are based on scientific evidence” (roughly 7 minutes into the video) when referring to the reasons for the differences in gathering size restrictions between the provinces.
To me, the Alberta government just proved they have no desire to produce any evidence to support their Covid policies that violate Albertan’s charter rights. Welcome to the political pandemic everyone.
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