A group of anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers have filed an $11 million lawsuit against Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam among others for their response to the coronavirus, Vox reports.
The suit, spearheaded by the anti-vaccination group Vaccine Choice Canada, claims the pandemic regulations violate Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, such as the right of association and the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure.
In a press release, Ted Kuntz, the president of Vaccine Choice Canada, called the pandemic “exaggerated and dishonest,” used to “justify the systematic violation of the rights and freedoms that form the basis of our society.”
The lawsuit has a long list of defendants. Besides Trudeau and Canada’s top doctor, it also includes Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Toronto Mayor John Tory, and the CBC, Canada’s national broadcaster.
Statements of defence have yet to be filed.
The lawsuit questions the legitimacy of both the pandemic and the response to it.
”Actions and decrees issued by Trudeau, Ford, Tory, and other public officials were done, in abuse and excess of their offices, knowingly to propagate a groundless and falsely declared 'pandemic,'" says the statement of claim. "The 'pandemic' is false, and the measures phony, designed and implemented for improper and ulterior purposes, at the behest of the WHO, controlled and directed by billionaire, corporate oligarchs.”
The lawsuit also brings up 5G technology, saying that on March 26, Microsoft announced it was acquiring "Affirmed Networks" focused on 5G and "edge" computing. It gives no explanation as to how this connects to the coronavirus. 5G conspiracies have exploded during the pandemic, with people believing that signals emitted from 5G towers cause the virus. 5G towers have been burned down as a result. A spur or arsons of 5G towers in Quebec led to a former model and failed rapper being arrested and charged.