Updated: Nov 14
From: Cannings, Richard - M.P. <Richard.Cannings@parl.gc.ca> Sent: March 3, 2022 9:50 AM Subject: Mandates and Convoy
Thank you for your e-mail.
Let me begin by saying that I understand your frustration about the mandates that were put in place during the past 2 years. All Canadians have had to give up many of the privileges we took for granted in order to try to stem the spread of COVID.
I believe that the various mandates and restrictions enacted by provincial and federal health officers have been essential to saving thousands of lives across Canada, and I maintain my belief that the decisions around imposing and lifting those restrictions should lie with public health officers, not politicians. We have seen the results of political decisions to lift mandates prematurely in provinces like Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, where death rates are about twice that in British Columbia.
I am also aware that the omicron variant has changed the calculus around vaccination and travel mandates and their effectiveness. That said, while hospitalization and death rates are still high (though decreasing at the moment) I would again defer to public health experts as to when these mandates should be altered or lifted.
It has become apparent that there are plans in place to begin the easing of mandates in the coming weeks. While not every mandate will be eliminated at once, these are positive moves towards our reintegration back into our social lives and activities.
My concerns around the convoy that occupied Ottawa for the first three weeks of February are on various fronts. First of all, their supporters felt that the mandates had taken away freedoms guaranteed in the Charter of Rights. This is simply not true—the first paragraph of the Charter says explicitly that any of these freedoms are limited by reasonable restrictions. We have the right to free speech, but not to use that speech to spread hatred. We have the right of assembly, but not to take a city hostage for three weeks.
Secondly, the leadership of the convoy stated that their main goal was to remove the government of Canada, a government that was democratically elected only a few months ago in an election where vaccine mandates were one of the main issues.
Once the convoy became entrenched in Ottawa it was apparent that enforcement would need special powers to remove it. On February 14th, the Liberal government invoked the Emergencies Act, which gave local police forces the ability to quickly bring in officers from across the country to help in the operation. It gave them to ability to compel tow truck operators to provide the equipment necessary to move the trucks. And it allowed authorities to temporarily freeze the bank accounts of convoy organizers and participants to investigate concerns about where significant funding for the convoy was originating. I have to add here that allegations that donors to the convoy were having their bank accounts frozen have proven to be completely false.
I also have to state clearly that the Emergencies Act is not the War Measures Act, or anything close to it. There is no declaration of martial law. All rights under the Charter are preserved. There is no use of the armed forces. It has powerful oversight mechanisms built into it, including a special parliamentary committee that is underway now.
The NDP reluctantly supported the government in invoking the Emergencies Act because we felt the impasse in Ottawa had to come to an end, as did the various border blockades that were having serious impacts on our trade with the United States. But we said from the start that we would be watching closely and immediately pull that support if it was clear the Act was no longer needed. After the convoy was removed from Ottawa and border blockades were cleared, it was apparent that there was little further need for those powers. All parties signalled that to the government and the Act was revoked on February 23rd after 10 days of use.
Thank you again for voicing your concerns about mandates and the Emergency Act and please accept my apology for my delay in responding. My offices have been flooded with more than 13,000 emails and phone calls on all sides of the issue.
It is my hope that no matter what side of the issue you stand on, that we come together as a country to work towards a better future.
Thank you again for taking the time to voice your concerns.
Richard Cannings, MP
South Okanagan-West Kootenay
Parliamentary Assistant to
Richard Cannings, MP
South Okanagan-West Kootenay
Room 914 Confederation Building
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
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Sent: March 3, 2022 12:48 PM To: Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org Cc: email@example.com; Jagmeet.firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; Sheldon Yakiwchuk <email@example.com> Subject: RE: Mandates and Convoy
Thank you for taking the time to respond to my email. However, I would like to correct a few of your statements:
“I believe that the various mandates and restrictions enacted by provincial and federal health officers have been essential to saving thousands of lives across Canada”. Your belief is incorrect. Please see the linked study recently completed by Johns Hopkins, refuting this widespread and erroneous assumption: https://sites.krieger.jhu.edu/iae/files/2022/01/A-Literature-Review-and-Meta-Analysis-of-the-Effects-of-Lockdowns-on-COVID-19-Mortality.pdf
“We have seen the results of political decisions to lift mandates prematurely in provinces like Alberta . . .”. Sorry – what? You have access to data showing that in two days, Alberta’s death rate has soared due to lifting its mandates? Amazing. The Government of Alberta shows that, on February 28, 2022 (the last day for which reporting is available), there were 7 deaths in Alberta attributed to COVID-19, with the chart trending downward. BC’s COVID-19 dashboard, reporting yesterday’s deaths, shows that 10 people died “of” COVID-19 yesterday. Please provide your data, as it seems to conflict with official sources. While you are at it, please provide me with a link to any credible study showing that a mask that one has ordered off Etsy due to its cute unicorn motif is effective at preventing the spread of a virus. I note that you hold a MSc in biology: in any of your biology classes, were you ever made aware of the seasonality of viruses, or a concept known as “herd immunity”?
“[The convoy’s] supporters felt that the mandates had taken away freedoms guaranteed in the Charter of Rights. This is simply not true”. I disagree with your assessment, it is disingenuous. First of all, you know that mobility rights to move, live and work anywhere in the country (granted by Section 6 of the Charter) are not subject to the “notwithstanding” clause because they are fundamental rights, and therefore, as you note, any attempt at restricting a citizens’ movements must be shown to be reasonable and demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. You also know that the only living drafter and signatory of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, former Premier Brian Peckford, has launched a lawsuit against the Federal Government because it cannot prove this burden: since the implementation of segregation passports and the removal of healthy, law-abiding unvaccinated citizens from society, COVID-19 numbers have skyrocketed, with most cases (80% in BC presently) occurring in the vaccinated. There is no proof that segregation and travel mandates have done anything to curb the spread of COVID-19. As you also know, in a situation in which the Government restricts one’s Charter rights, the Government must show that there are no less restrictive means to achieve its goal. Given that the virus is also spread by the vaccinated, it is clear that COVID-19 testing prior to boarding/crossing borders/etc. would be much less punitive, and more effective in stopping the spread of this “deadly” disease – a disease so deadly that its fatality rates are lower than influenza for most of society. But we also know that vaccine mandates aren’t about preventing a virus, don’t we?
“[T]he leadership of the convoy stated that their main goal was to remove the government of Canada”. Do you actually believe this? From the start, the leaders of the convoy stated their goal was to peacefully (and legally) protest in Ottawa until all COVID-19 mandates were dropped. Please stop perpetuating the myth that the convoy is and was full of racist, misogynistic Nazi extremists akin to the US January 6 “uprising”. Anyone who watched video footage of hot tubs, bouncy castles, singing, praying and caring for the homeless knows this is a lie maliciously used by the Government to inhibit speech and discredit opponents. And anyone who thinks that Tamara Lich, a peaceful mother, should be in jail without the option for bail on a bogus “mischief” charge, while pedophiles and thieves roam free, should really question where they left their moral compass.
“Once the convoy became entrenched in Ottawa it was apparent that enforcement would need special powers to remove it”. As noted by many Constitutional scholars, Mr. Trudeau’s first, and only, action to address this situation was to invoke the Emergencies Act. Did he speak to the protestors? No, he called them terrorists. The lack of maturity, and couth, along with Mr. Trudeau’s constant gaslighting and obfuscating, is tiresome and politically worrisome for any critical thinker in this country. Mr. Trudeau’s invocation of the Emergencies Act was done wholly in bad faith; he knew the Senate would likely vote to remove this power, but in the meantime it bought him a week to conduct illegal activity. Every Canadian, regardless of political affiliation, should be deeply concerned that the Government can freeze his or her funds and call in the UN thugs to attack, based solely on their exercise of free speech, and on a whim.
I find the NDP’s wholehearted support of Mr. Trudeau’s globalist acts of treason disheartening. Your party has completely abandoned its base – the working class members of society who have been abused, brainwashed and coerced for the past two years, instead choosing to support a trustfund drama teacher who likes to dress in blackface whilst he (a) breaks Canada’s conflict of interest laws by failing to disclose his financial relationships to Acuitas, Arbutus, Pfizer, foreign oil producers, etc., etc., (b) drives Canada into bankruptcy (and communism) to please his master, Klaus Schwab, (c) illegally awards multi-million dollar contracts to members of his wedding party (Baylis Medical, for starters), (d) incites hatred against anyone who does not share his political opinion, and (e) violates the same COVID-19 laws that he expects citizens to obey. This is, of course, the shortlist of Mr. Trudeau’s crimes. We won’t get into Point Grey, SNC-Lavalin, Jody Raybould Wilson or the Shermans, nor will we investigate why Mr. Trudeau prevented the use of a cheap and effective prophylactic treatment for COVID-19 (Ivermectin, an unpatented anti-viral medication) until such time as AstraZeneca and Pfizer could ensure they created “new” anti-viral treatments, with the same treatment mechanism for the same disease, in order to keep the Big Pharma profit machine chugging.
I also note that you voted “yes” on Bill C-10 last year. That tells me everything I need to know about your respect for your constituents, and your loyalty to Canada.
I’ve cc’d the Premiers of the provinces you mentioned below; perhaps they’d like to take a crack at correcting your dangerous and negligent dissemination of misinformation as well.
Sent: March 4, 2022 10:00 AM To: 'Cannings, Richard - M.P.' <Richard.Cannings@parl.gc.ca> Cc: 'firstname.lastname@example.org' <email@example.com>; 'firstname.lastname@example.org' <email@example.com>; 'firstname.lastname@example.org' <email@example.com>; 'Jagmeet.firstname.lastname@example.org' <Jagmeet.email@example.com> Subject: RE: Mandates and Convoy
When I read your email yesterday, I knew you were lying about the death rates in other provinces, but I didn’t have time to do a thorough analysis. This morning I looked at the numbers for March 3, 2022:
As you can see, BC actually has the second highest death rate in Canada at 0.28/100,000 people (slightly lower than Quebec, which is at 0.29/100,000 people).
Is it a prerequisite for every politician to glibly lie about facts that are in plain sight? If I were you, I’d be embarrassed at spewing falsehoods to perpetuate the current fascist narrative. Then again, I’d also be embarrassed to take my orders from a TikTok terrorist who is banned in his home country for radical ideologies, and who spends his days enabling Mr. Trudeau’s treasonous and globalist regime.
Have the day you deserve!