Steeve Charland and the Farfadaas had set up camp on Place des Festivals in Gatineau, during the truckers' convoy.
Steeve Charland notably returned to a video published on February 12, 2022, in which he rails against the City of Gatineau and the owner of the parking lot where he and the Farfadaas had established their camp.
The 1000 tanks that are coming will all block Gatineau, we hear him say, adding that he is doing his best to comply with municipal regulations.
On Tuesday, however, he clarified that this was not a threat. We tried to do him [the Gatineau police] a favor, he argued.
As for the amounts of money he distributed to truckers and other demonstrators, Steeve Charland presents them more as acts of charity. He said he first helped a trucker who had run out of gas and food and who had fallen ill.
The lawyer for Steeve Charland then returned to the invocation of the Emergency Measures Act on February 14, 2022. That day, Steeve Charland had ordered the demonstrators to hold on; a message he says he sent since, it was understood, the measure still had to be approved by the Senate.
If you had been told that [the demonstration] had become illegal, what would you have done? asked Mr. Nicholas St-Pierre of his client.
I would have left, replied Steeve Charland straight away.
The latter concluded his testimony by insisting that he had always demonstrated in a legal manner, although he tried to push the rules in place.
However, he conceded that the only time he went too far was when he and the Farfadaas blocked the Louis-Hippolyte La Fontaine tunnel in Montreal in March 2021. This gesture also earned him around a hundred 'hours of community service.