KAWARTHA LAKES-Hundreds of people took part in an anti-lockdown rally in Peterborough on Saturday April 24th.
The rally took place at Confederation Square with former conservative (now independent) MPP Randy Hillier and Maxime Bernier, Leader of the federal Peoples Party of Canada in town for the event. Both men had been told by local politicians to stay home. Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien took to twitter days before the event telling the pair to “Stay TF at home”.
Bernier told the crowd his right to travel is enshrined in our constitution.
“I have a message for her, Canada is my home and I have a constitutional right to travel across this country.’ Bernier said as the crowd cheered.
The group was protesting the lockdowns and well as the mask policies that have been implemented as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The province has issued a stay-at-home order for all but essential reasons.
Peterborough Police issued three tickets under the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA) in relation to the protest at Confederation Square. Both Hillier and Bernier were ticketed. Five other tickets were laid in relation to the protest under other provincial offence acts.
“It’s vital that we take this pandemic seriously and do what is needed – stay home and practice public health guidelines. We thank our members for serving their community and thank the residents for doing what you can, for staying home so we can get through these challenging times together.” said police in a press release.
Police say they will continue to investigate the information from the protest and further charges may be laid under the ROA.
Similar rallies were held in Barrie and Toronto calling for an end to the governments strict lockdown measures.