Folks’s Celebration of Canada Chief Maxime Bernier was arrested after showing at a sparsely attended rally in opposition to COVID-19 restrictions in a southern Manitoba village on Friday afternoon.
Radio-Canada’s Laïssa Pamou who was overlaying the occasion stated the rally in St-Pierre-Jolys, which is about 57 kilometres south of Winnipeg, noticed not more than 15 individuals in attendance. After the occasion ended, Bernier acquired right into a car to go to a rally in close by St. Malo, one other small, rural group.
That is when he was pulled out of the car by Mounties who handcuffed him and put him within the again seat of an RCMP car.
Bernier spoke to Radio-Canada shortly earlier than he was detained and stated he acquired a ticket for violating public well being orders at a rally within the close by city of Niverville earlier Friday. He didn’t say how a lot he was fined — simply that he deliberate to battle it.
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An RCMP spokesperson confirmed Bernier was ticketed earlier within the day.
“It’s the responsibility of the RCMP to implement the legal guidelines of Manitoba, and people embody public well being orders. Mr. Bernier knew of the well being orders and has already acquired a ticket. The continuation of the offence of violating the present public well being orders in Manitoba has resulted in his arrest,” Tara Seel stated in an electronic mail.
Bernier was on tour of southern Manitoba
Bernier was charged beneath the Public Well being Act for assembling in a gathering at an out of doors public place and for failing to self-isolate as soon as he acquired to Manitoba, and he’ll seem earlier than a Justice of the Peace, Seel stated.
CBC Information has requested Manitoba‘s Justice Division for extra particulars about Bernier’s ticket and arrest, together with how a lot he could face in fines or jail time, how lengthy he may be held to stop the continuation of the offence and when he’ll seem earlier than a Justice of the Peace.
They didn’t instantly reply to the request.
Bernier had introduced a tour of southern Manitoba this weekend that was set to incorporate a number of stops at anti-lockdown rallies regardless of pandemic restrictions banning giant occasions and requiring individuals to self-isolate when getting into the province if they are not absolutely vaccinated.
Bernier’s appearances in Niverville and St-Pierre-Jolys have been the primary two rallies listed on an itinerary posted on Fb that was speculated to see him cease within the rural cities of Morden and Winkler later Friday.
He was additionally scheduled to seem within the communities of La Salle and Lorette, in addition to in Winnipeg on Saturday, then within the cities of Steinbach and Selkirk on Sunday, in line with the itinerary.
A provincial spokesperson beforehand advised CBC Information that the province was conscious of Bernier’s deliberate rallies and could be conducting surveillance to assemble video and different proof.
At a information convention on Thursday morning, Premier Brian Pallister stated Bernier could be “gentle within the pocket guide” if he deliberate on violating Manitoba‘s public well being orders.