Tamara Lich, Chris Barber, 18 other Freedom Convoy protesters sue Trudeau government for $2 million each over 'illegally invoking' Emergencies Act

Trudeau announced he would be using the Emergency Act to stifle the trucker protest on Valentine's Day in 2022.


Two years after Prime Minister Justin invoked the Emergencies Act to crush the Freedom Convoy protest against Covid-19 mandates, Tamara Lich, Chris Barber and others have brought a lawsuit against the Trudeau government for doing so.

Twenty convoy participants have joined the action with lawsuits of $2 million each

Trudeau announced he would be using the Emergency Act to stifle the trucker protest on Valentine's Day in 2022.

On Wednesday, lawyer Keith Wilson announced the lawsuits from 20 Freedom Convoy demonstrators.  

"BREAKING: On the 2-year anniversary of the Federal Government illegally invoking war measures against its citizens and targeting key protestors in Ottawa by freezing their bank accounts, today Tamara Lich, Chris Barber, Tom Marazzo, Danny Bulford and other protestors who were targeted by Justin Trudeau and Cynthia Freeland have filed lawsuits against the Federal Government. Sec. 24 of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms gives Canadians the right to sue their government for damages when Charter rights are violated. Doing so affirms the seriousness of respecting  Charter rights and is intended to deter future governments from breaching Canadians' fundamental rights. The lawsuits seek $2 million in damages," lawyer Keith Wilson posted

Federal Court Justice Richard Mosley ruled on Jan. 23, 2024 that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was unjustified in invoking the Emergencies Act against the Freedom Convoy protest and that it was "unreasonable" to do so.

"I have concluded that the decision to issue the Proclamation [of the Emergencies Act] does not bear the hallmarks of reasonableness – justification, transparency and intelligibility – and was not justified in relation to the relevant factual and legal 

constraints that were required to be taken into consideration," Mosley wrote.

Lich and Barber are charged with mischief, counseling others to commit mischief, intimidation, and obstructing police as members of the Freedom Convoy that polarized residents of Ottawa in 2022 and arguably began to roll back Covid mandates.

In an interview with The Post Millennial in early December, Lich confirmed that the trial had recessed and would not resume for the defense summation until "hopefully 10 days in mid-March" 2024. That means a verdict shouldn't be expected until at least the summer.

Freedom Convoy protesters and supporters have been targeted with a $300 million dollar lawsuit organized by lead plaintiff Zexi Li and Ottawa lawyer Paul Champ.

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