I’ve started calling it the Freedom Trial. Yes, it’s the much-anticipated trial of Freedom Convoy leaders Tamara Lich and Chris Barber. Both are on trial for a myriad of absurd charges: mischief, counselling others to commit mischief, intimidation, and obstructing police. These are the sort of legal entanglement usually reserved for people who get drunk and begin acting up in a most uncivil manner.
But this was clearly an act of desperation from Canada’s judicial system to punish Lich, Barber, and everyone who supported their protest. I’ve been covering this trial from the first day and it was interesting to note how the prosecution attempted to spin the trial away from politics. The Crown attorney had the gall to suggest that neither Lich nor Barber were on trial for their political beliefs. They are really on trial for serious criminal activity and don’t you forget it.
But let’s be frank. Just as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act for purely political reasons—there was absolutely no evidence of violence or threat of violence in the Freedom Convoy’s nexus of Ottawa, and the border flaps in Ontario and Alberta had already been resolved—this trial is proceeding for purely political reasons.
And I’ll go further. This trial makes Canada look not just like a third-world dictatorship where political opponents of the brutal regime are routinely put on trial and punished for their temerity and courage in opposing policies they disagree with. This trial is an international embarrassment for Canada and is just another seminal marker on the road to authoritarian government that the Trudeau government has chosen to take over the past eight years.