I applaud that you carried Jordan Peterson’s article concerning the havoc being caused by Government lockdowns , mandates in this country.
It is many months overdue.
I would like to add specifics to bolster Mr. Peterson’s theme : the science and the Constitution.
We should not only be angry because our comfortable lives have been disrupted, and the economy of many small businesses put in peril , rather , we should be even more upset that the Governments have not used real independent science to carry out their policies , nor have they followed The Constitution of this land.
A. Science —-The Great Barrington Declaration of October 2020 started by three globally highly qualified scientists highlighting the folly of widespread lockdowns. Ever since, streams of additional studies verify this theme: from Dr. Paul Alexander , former US Government advisor, former WHO advisor, former Professor at McMaster University , reviewing 400 studies ( Brownstone Institute) to Dr. Douglas Allan of Simon Fraser University back in 2020 reviewing 80 studies. All of this has been ignored by the mainstream media , and even some of the global scientists of the Great Barrington Declaration were falsely maligned by supporters of Governments and their false narrative. The two large organizations used by Governments to set covid policy , the Imperial College in London, Neil Ferguson, and the University of Washington group, Institute for Heath Metrics and Evaluation, provided false information, confirmed by many independent world class scientists; now, of course, not in the mainstream news anymore. Canada’s own Canadian Covid Care Alliance has recently produced a report entitled’ More Harm Than Good’ showing the improper , and unethical manner in which early Pfizer studies were conducted concerning their vaccine,
B. The Governments of Canada have violated the Constitution , specifically the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which is a part of the Constitution Act 1982. Sections 2, 6, 7, and 15 have been particularly violated , involving freedom to assemble, to associate , right to pursue a livelihood anywhere in Canada, to travel anywhere in Canada or leave Canada, the right to life, liberty and the security of the person and the right to equality before the law. These are all individual rights and freedoms protected by the Charter.
And as this Act makes clear in Section 52 , the Constitution is the Supreme Law of Canada. Furthermore, the introduction to the Charter highlights two principles that apply in interpreting the Charter ; the supremacy of God and the rule of law—-‘Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law:
Governments are erroneously attempting to defend their undemocratic measures by using Section 1 of the Charter . As the last living First Minister who helped craft the Constitution Act 1982 I can tell you that this Section was not intended for the present circumstance. We understood at the time that we were dealing with permanent values , hence the Constitution, not Federal or Provincial Legislation that could be easily changed in the political winds of Parliaments. This Section was meant to apply in circumstances where the Country was in peril, war, insurrection, not a virus that sees a 99% recovery and 0.08% fatality rate. Using Section 1 is trying to put a round peg in a square hole .
But for arguments sake let’s entertain that Section 1 does apply. There are four tests that must be met: demonstrably justify , by law, reasonable limits , all in the context of living in a free and democratic society.
These tests have not been met by any Canadian Government. For example , any sensible reading of ‘demonstrably justify ‘ would mean that a Government would have to do a cost benefit analysis to see if the benefits of the measures proposed outweighed the costs of these measures . We know and have known for some time from studies referenced earlier that such analysis would not pass that analysis. One wonders if this is why none have been done. Additionally, a free and democratic society ,if it means anything, must involve our parliamentary system , and we all know how limiting these basic institutions have been in the present circumstance.
Hon A. Brian Peckford P.C.
Last Living First Minister Who Helped Craft The Constitution Act 1982
Taking Back Our Freedoms
No response from the Newspaper whether they will carry this letter .