The lawyer representing convoy organizers earlier than the Emergencies Act inquiry in Ottawa was ejected from the listening to room late Tuesday morning following a tense exchange with commissioner Paul Rouleau.
The Public Order Emergency Commission is listening to testimony Tuesday from Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino. As Rouleau was about to announce the same old mid-morning break, Brendan Miller, lawyer for Freedom Corp., interrupted to say he’d been talking with Alexander Cohen, Mendicino’s director of communications, who Miller stated was within the listening to room.
“He has very related proof with respect to the inquiry, as to the circumstances, as to the invocation of the Emergencies Act,” Miller stated.
Miller claimed Cohen has unheard proof relating to “misinformation” a few textual content message exchange that was key “in constructing the narrative with respect to the protesters in Ottawa being extremists,” together with some having “Nazi symbolism.”
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Miller then requested Rouleau to permit Cohen, who isn’t on the fee’s record of witnesses, to testify after Mendicino.
“I’m not going to do that orally proper now,” Rouleau replied
“Well sir, we’re given quarter-hour to cross-examine, to elicit relative materials proof, and now we have related and materials witnesses right here. The Government of Canada has redacted with out lawful authority all of those statements from these staffers, and has suppressed information,” a visibly pissed off Miller argued.
Rouleau replied that the fee had a schedule to stay to, and requested Miller to come back to an settlement with fee counsel through the break
“Sir, the schedule’s not as essential as getting at the reality,” Miller shot again.
“There’s no query we wish to get at the reality, however what, it is a very advanced problem and it isn’t all about what you need,” Rouleau stated.
After the break, Rouleau suggested Miller that any utility so as to add a witness have to be executed in writing. The two had a short exchange earlier than Rouleau known as for an additional pause.
“I’ll return in 5 minutes, if safety may take care of counsel,” he stated.
Miller then left the listening to room. Outside, he stopped to talk with reporters, the place he once more complained about a few of the redacted paperwork introduced as proof earlier than the fee.
“They have redacted these docs claiming they’re irrelevant, or they’re in truth topic to a cupboard confidence, even though the regulation is abundantly clear and undeniably clear that cupboard confidence doesn’t apply to political staffers,” he stated.
“The Government of Canada has constantly, and day-after-day, dropped lots of of docs on the events, and the events are pissed off. It isn’t just myself. They have tried to show this complete continuing into an inquiry in regards to the failures of [former Ottawa police] chief Sloly versus truly in regards to the invocation of the Emergencies Act.”
Miller then exited the constructing with convoy organizer Tamara Lich.
When hearings resumed, Rouleau advised lawyer Keith Wilson, who additionally appeared as a witness earlier than the fee, that counsel for the convoy organizers would have an opportunity to cross-examine Mendicino after the lunch break.