Legal challenge to Quebec’s curfew

[Translated from French. See original post here.]

The CJLC – Legal Center for Constitutional Liberties supports the legal defence of Mrs. Stéphanie Pépin, criminally accused of having violated the curfew in January 2021 while driving to demonstrate against the Covid measures.

Ms. Pépin’s attorney today transmitted to his opponents the expert report of Mr. Patrick Provost, Ph.D., professor of microbiology-infectiology and immunology at the Faculty of Medicine of Laval University. The findings of the report are damning:

“[N]o scientific advice on the curfew as a means of containing the Covid-19 pandemic has been produced or made public by the government organizations concerned, [i.e.] INESSS , INSPQ or MSSS.

Moreover, no reliable scientific study demonstrating the effectiveness of the curfew did not exist or was available at the time the government made the decision to impose this measure.  […]

The imposition of the curfew twice by the Government of Quebec is the result of a political decision […] which is not based on any solid scientific basis.”

Government lawyers want to prevent the defence from filing this report on the court record. In an email addressed to the managing judge, the Attorney General of Quebec said that he lacked time to finalize “the expertise of the PGQ within a reasonable time before the hearing from September 18 to 21”. This seems to confirm the defence thesis: 27 months after the facts, government experts still do not have scientific justification for the Covid curfew.

The case returns to court for case management tomorrow, April 24, 2023, in Amos.

Image by Lëa-Kim Châteauneuf, sourced from Wikimedia Commons.

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