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UPDATE: Maxime Bernier released after being arrested by Manitoba police for exercising Charter freedoms

Update: Lawyers at the Justice Centre have secured the release of federal political leader Maxime Bernier of the People’s Party of Canada (PPC), who was arrested and put in jail earlier today by Manitoba police.

After a bail hearing before Justice of the Peace Madam Becker, Bernier was released.

MANITOBA – Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms says it’s a shocking attack on democracy and the Charter freedoms of speech, assembly and association, that federal political leader Maxime Bernier, of the People’s Party of Canada (PPC), was arrested today by Manitoba police while in the province speaking out against government lockdowns.

Bernier, a former cabinet minister under Stephen Harper, is represented by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.

The Justice Centre will be appearing in Court on Bernier’s behalf to respond to charges that were laid under Covid public health orders, which are already the subject of a legal challenge in Manitoba as to their constitutionality. Mr. Bernier is presently awaiting the opportunity to have Justice Centre lawyers address his bail. 

While most of the world is open for business, Manitoba remains one of the few places in the developed world that continues to suffer under draconian lockdowns.

Bernier has been speaking across the country against lockdowns, in preparation of an anticipated federal election, calling for a complete end to the lockdowns. He has spoken at freedom rallies in Barrie Ontario, Vancouver, BC., Edmonton, Alberta (pictured above on June 9, 2021), and now Manitoba.

“The arrest and detention of Mr. Bernier for supposed “health offences” is an exclamation point on the continued outrageous oppression of Manitobans by the Pallister government. Few, if any, other places on the planet are still locked down as tyrannically as Manitoba,” notes lawyer John Carpay, President of the Justice Centre.

“It is far past time for the judiciary to restore the constitutional rights and freedoms of Manitobans, and end the arbitrary and oppressive diktats of Manitoba’s health regime. The Justice Centre stands ready to defend Mr. Bernier’s civil liberties.”