April 25, 2021
-The Western Standard
People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier has been ticketed while attending an anti-COVID-19 lockdown rally in Ontario.
Independent Ontario MMP Randy Hillier was also ticketed at the Saturday event in Confederation Square in Peterborough, Ont. The tickets say the pair both attended and invited other people to join the rally.
“The main message is we want the lockdowns to end,” Bernier told Global.
“You will have people with a mask and you have people without a mask. That’s their responsibility. For me, I have a strong message about freedom and what is happening in our country – it’s not the Canada that I know and want to live in.”
Police in Peterborough late Saturday said three tickets were laid under the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA) and five other tickets were laid in relation to the protest under other provincial offence acts.
Police say they will continue to investigate and further charges may be laid under the ROA.
About 200 people attended the event which saw police block off surrounding roads.
Officials said an earlier, similar-sized rally in March, ended up becoming a super-spreader event which resulted in 60 cases and one death of a college student.
During his speech, Hillier goaded police to charge him and when he was leaving, that’s what they did.
Demonstrators surrounded officers who ticketed Bernier and Hillier and chanted “out” at them. They later marched on police headquarters to show their displeasure.