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Truckers' convoy: organizer Chris Barber sues the Government of Canada

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Chris Barber was arrested on February 17, 2022. His trial, still ongoing, began in September 2023. (File photo)

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One of the main organizers of the truckers' convoy, Chris Barber, is suing the Government of Canada for using the Emergency Measures Act to freeze his bank accounts, arguing that this violated his rights guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to protest measures related to COVID-19.

Chris Barber, owner of a trucking company in southwestern Saskatchewan, filed a declaration last week in the Court of King's Bench in Saskatoon, saying the federal government's unprecedented decision to # x27;invoking the law constituted an abuse of power.

This disruption deprived (Barber and his wife) of the ability to carry out basic financial transactions and lead a normal life, resulting in serious inconvenience, difficulty, embarrassment, exclusion from modern society and personal relationships and damaged work, says the complaint, which also names his wife and her trucking company as plaintiffs.

None of the allegations has not been proven in court.

The Government of Canada has not filed a statement of defence. A spokesperson wrote in an email: We will review the complaints to determine next steps.

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Chris Barber and l& #x27;Albertan Tamara Lich spearheaded protests against mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations that blocked downtown Ottawa and some border crossings in 2022. The man and the woman is tried for mischief and other charges; the case has been before an Ottawa court for months.

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Tamara Lich upon arrival at the Ottawa courthouse on November 3, 2023 (File photo)

A few weeks ago, Federal Court Justice Richard Mosley ruled that it was unreasonable for the federal government to ;#x27;use the Emergency Measures Act to suppress protests.

He reported that invoking the law led to a violation of constitutional rights. He specifically cited the federal government's failure to require that a certain objective standard be met before freezing bank accounts, concluding that this violated the Charter prohibition against unreasonable searches or seizures.

The government said it would appeal the decision to the Supreme Court of Canada.

De Many protesters on large trucks arrived in the Canadian capital in January 2022. For approximately three weeks, city residents endured the incessant honking of large trucks, diesel fumes and even inappropriate uses of their property.

Trucks also blocked border crossings, including the one linking Windsor in Ontario and Detroit in the United States.

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The occupation of the city center extended from January 29 to February 20, 2022. (File photo)

On February 14, 2022, Ottawa invoked the Emergency Measures Act. It authorized temporary measures, including regulation of public meetings and a ban on supporting participants. He also ordered banks to freeze participants' assets.

This was the first time that this law had been in use since it replaced the War Measures Act in 1988.

Chris Barber claims all of his personal and business bank accounts were frozen the next day without notice. He couldn't withdraw cash, deposit money, or use credit cards, and automatic payments were blocked.

One account was frozen for nine days and another was blocked until the following month, indicates the document presented in court.

The invocation of the Emergency Measures Act automatically triggered a federal commission to review the government's decision. Commissioner Paul Rouleau concluded last year that the federal government was right to use this law.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116