‘I’m Going to Sue the Government.’ Ontario MPP Takes Legal Action Over Lockdown Restrictions

One Ontario MPP decided he has had enough of lockdowns, and is deciding to take legal action against the provincial government.

MPP Roman Baber, the politician representing York Centre took to Twitter on Thursday after launching litigation with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

“I am suing the attorney general of Ontario for our right to protest, pray and gather outdoors,” Baber wrote in a tweet which he posted Thursday afternoon.

“The risk of outdoor transmission is negligible, but the government enacted heavy-handed regulations that deny Ontarians their fundamental freedoms.”

In his 14-page legal action document, which Baber filed on Wednesday with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the politician argues that the lockdown violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, specifically the free expression of ideas and peaceful assembly, including for protests.”

This is not the first time the Ontario MPP has taken action against the provincial government regarding lockdowns.

Earlier this year, Baber sent out a barrage of tweets, which even captured the attention of Premier Doug Ford, who criticized the politician, and called him “irresponsible.”

“The lockdown isn’t working. It’s causing an avalanche of suicides, overdoses, bankruptcies, divorces and takes an immense toll on our children,” one of Baber’s tweets read.

January saw Toronto police crack down on anti-lockdown protests in the city, with a massive police presence downtown, and even some protesters being arrested.

The city of Toronto has been under a state of lockdown for 23 weeks now, which has seen bars and restaurants and retail businesses which were deemed non-essential close their doors.

The provincial government has announced Friday that all emergency orders under the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA)  have been extended until April 20.

With the rise of variants of concern across the GTA, the provincial COVID-19 Advisory Table is recommending a full three-week lockdown of Toronto and Peel region.

Corne van Hoepen

Corné works is the Managing News Editor for the 6ixBuzz website. He enjoys travelling, creating content, and sharing stories from under-represented voices.
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