QUÉBEC CITY, QUÉBEC: The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (Le CJLC – Centre juridique pour les libertés constitutionnelles) announces that a lawsuit has been filed at the Superior Court of Québec on behalf of Harvest Ministries International (“Harvest”) against the Québec government, Québec’s Ministry of Tourism, and the Québec City Convention Centre (Société du centre des congrès de Québec). Québec government authorities suddenly cancelled a contract for the Faith, Fire, Freedom Rally that had been scheduled to take place in Québec City from June 23 to July 2, 2023. Harvest is claiming damages for ending the rental agreement without notice, and for the unconstitutional and unjustified infringement of its Charter freedom of expression and its right to be free from religious discrimination.
On June 1, 2023, Tourism Minister, Caroline Proulx, ordered the CEO of the Convention Centre in Québec City (Centre des congrès de Québec) to dissolve the rental lease held by Harvest Ministries for their upcoming event. The day after making this pronouncement, Minister Proulx proudly stated in a press scrum that she had instructed the CEOs of various companies under her jurisdiction that events such as the Rally would no longer be held in their establishments, as they were “against the fundamental principles of Québec”.