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People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier has been arrested near St-Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba while on a cross-province tour protesting the province’s health restrictions. True North has learned Bernier has retained a lawyer through the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) to represent him. In a news release on the matter, the JCCF called the arrest a “shocking attack on democracy and the Charter freedoms of speech, assembly and association.” “The Justice Centre will be appearing in Court on Mr. 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,” the news release claims. A video of the arrest posted to Maxime Bernier’s Twitter page shows an RCMP officer approaching Bernier who is seated in a vehicle to inform him that he is under arrest. “If I can get you to step out of the vehicle, I’m going to place you under arrest right now?” the officer says.

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