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Author of controversial Freedom Convoy MOU testifies before Emergencies Act Commission

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The author of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that drew attention to the Freedom Convoy last winter and was used by the Liberal government to claim protesters wanted to overthrow the government, testified Thursday before the Emergencies Act Inquiry.

Trucker James Bauder spoke about the genesis and purpose of the memorandum of understanding he drafted with fellow trucker Martin Brodmann.

The idea was to enter into a memorandum of understanding with unelected federal officials to repeal restrictions related to COVID-19.

“We had a lot of groups that we could have facilitated the creation of the Canadian Citizens Committee so that we can then sit down in partnership with the Senate and the Governor General and address the illegal warrants that are happening across this country and achieve a resolution,” Bauder said.

Bauder said he doesn’t know if Freedom Convoy organizers signed the memorandum of understanding posted on his Canada Unity website.

Several convoy organizers have so far testified before the commission examining the Liberal government’s invocation of the Emergencies Act on February 14.

They criticized the MOU when it was brought up during reviews.

Attorney Keith Wilson, who represented protesters during last winter’s events, called the memorandum of understanding “legal nonsense” on Nov. 2.

“It was not something on our agenda. It was not something we were looking for. It had nothing to do with why we came to Ottawa,” Freedom Convoy initiator Chris Barber told the November 1 inquest.

Freedom Convoy spokesman Tom Marazzo told the commission Nov. 2 that he had recommended the memorandum of understanding be removed from the website.

“I remember having a conversation once I found out about the MOU with someone I thought was involved in drafting the MOU…and I said ‘you have to take that out, if you don’t take it out, or take it out or put the genie back in the bottle, we’re going to call it out,” Marazzo recounted.

The next day, February 8, the MOU was taken offline.

Bauder told the inquest that the MOU was “strategically” withdrawn “after we were viciously attacked by this government, and slandered, and defamed, and everything,” Bauder said.

The Liberal government used the memorandum of understanding to claim that the protesters were not simply demanding the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, but that they wanted to “overthrow” the government.

“At the end of January 2022, members of the so-called ‘freedom convoy’ demanded that all vaccination warrants be revoked, failing which the governor-general should unilaterally remove the prime minister from office,” the minister said. of Public Security, Marco Mendicino, on April 26. with reference to the memorandum of understanding.

Tourism Minister Randy Boissonnault said Feb. 21 that the Freedom Convoy’s “stated objective” was to “overthrow a duly elected national government.”

The stated goal of the main organizers of the Freedom Convoy was the repeal of vaccination mandates.

No violence

James Bauder was interviewed by Brendan Miller, the lawyer who represents several convoy organizers who have criticized the memorandum of understanding.

He asked if Bauder’s Unity Canada organization had ever called for violence or to violently overthrow the Government of Canada.

“We call for love, unity and peace and give bear hugs. Violence is the last thing that comes to mind,” Bauder said.

Bauder was also asked if he had the help of a lawyer to draft the memorandum of understanding.

“No… It’s just a document written by two truckers,” he said.

“So I guess it was just a piece of paper,” Miller said.

“Yeah,” Bauder replied.

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Noé Chartier is an Epoch Times reporter based in Montreal. Twitter: @NChartierET Gettr: @nchartieret