Flying Blind: Governments’ hasty decisions to lock down Canadians while damaging public health and the economy

On December 3, 2020, the Justice Centre released a Charter analysis on the impact of lockdowns on the lives of Canadians. Titled “Flying Blind,” this Charter analysis demonstrates that Canada’s federal and provincial governments have not properly and adequately considered the specific nature and the full extent of lockdown harms that result from the violations of Charter freedoms to move, travel, assemble, associate and worship.

Canadian governments are constitutionally obliged to do more good than harm as they respond to the COVID-19 virus. But the opposite is happening, says lawyer John Carpay, President of the Justice Centre.

The Justice Centre’s latest Charter analysis, ‘Flying Blind, explains how governments have been trampling our Charter rights and freedoms by failing to consider the damaging and unintended consequences of lockdowns.

‘Flying Blind’ examines the size and scope of specific harms arising from government actions, especially lockdowns and specific violations of Charter freedoms to move, travel, assemble, associate and worship.

Read the news release: COVID-19: No right answers until governments ask right questions