Former premier of Newfoundland on Canada’s Constitutional Crisis,Brian Peckford

Former premier of Newfoundland on Canada’s Constitutional Crisis,Brian Peckford

Former premier of Newfoundland on Canada’s Constitutional Crisis,Brian Peckford is interviewed by Jordan Peterson.

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We posted this discussion start to finish in uncut form to maintain full and complete transparency, given its import. It was recorded on January 25th, 2022 and released the next day.

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Brian Peckford and I discussed his reentry to the political arena after denouncing the Canadian Government for infringements on the Canadian Charter of Rights–a document he played a key role in drafting.

In this intense conversation, Peckford outlines a combined plan of action against the Canadian Government over their COVID-19 response and ongoing use of power.

Starting his career as an educator, the Honorable Brian Peckford then served as the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador for nearly a decade.

He is also an author, former minister, and notable member of the PC Party.

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[00:00] Political context for the interview

[07:32] Jordan introduces his esteemed guest the Honorable Brian Peckford, former prime minister of Newfoundland and Labrador

[10:47] Peterson and Peckford’s discussions over the last week

[13:07] Rights infringed by Government despite Charter of Rights

[18:10] Four tests before revoking Canadian rights

[20:39] Appropriate use of emergency measures

[22:21] Why YouTube and not (more traditional) media outlets? Following the money

[25:23] Peckford’s (intentionally) assertive denouncement; establishing precedents

[30:20] Can Canadian courts be relied upon for fair and impartial hearings?

[33:49] Canadian mobility rights

[36:14] Subversion of the parliamentary process during the pandemic

[43:05] Changes in transmission/vaccination rates & societal effects after 1st lockdown [

44:25] Accountability & Government inertia in the face of faulty measures

51:23] Ramifications of a federal win

[54:40] The second (competing) Charter of Rights

[01:01:09] Jordans’ summary of the accusations up to this point. Degradation of civic involvement. Why civic education matters.

[01:09:02] Recap

[01:11:16] Peckford’s appeal to Canadian citizens

[01:15:08] Closing conversation

The last living drafter and signatory of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which is the highest law of the land, is suing the Canadian federal government over its travel ban for the unvaccinated.

Former Newfoundland Premier Brian Peckford, 79, is the main applicant in a case brought against the federal government by the Calgary-based Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, according to a press release.

“It is becoming more obvious that being vaccinated does not stop people from getting Covid and does not stop them from spreading it,” the former premier said in a statement. “The government has not shown that the policy makes flying safer—it simply discriminates.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rolled out one of the world’s strictest COVID-19 vaccine mandates last fall. By Oct. 30, employees in all federally regulated industries were required to be vaccinated or face termination. Anyone aged 12 and over who wished to travel by plane, train or ship was also ordered to be vaccinated.

“When I heard Prime Minister Trudeau call the unvaccinated ‘racists,’ ‘misogynists, ‘anti-science’ and ‘extremist,’ and his musing, ‘do we tolerate these people?’ it became clear he is sowing divisions and advancing his vendetta against a specific group of Canadians,” Peckford continued, referencing a resurfaced interview with Trudeau from September 2021.

“This is completely against the democratic and Canadian values I love about this country,” he said.

“The federal travel ban has segregated me from other Canadians. It’s discriminatory, violates my Charter rights and that’s why I am fighting the travel ban,” Peckford added.

The lawsuit alleges violations of Charter rights, including mobility, life, liberty and security of the person, privacy, and discrimination. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was a bill of rights for Canadians entrenched in the Constitution Act of 1982.

During an extensive recent interview with Canadian author and professor Jordan Peterson, Peckford laid out the portions of the Charter he helped to draft and that he believes are being violated. He also explained his unique role as the only first minister left alive who was at the conference that helped draft the freedoms enshrined in the document.

“I do this very reluctantly,” he said. “I’ve been watching this thing now for almost two years. I’ve been speaking out about it at public meetings and on my blog and so on, and I’ve come to the conclusion now that I must—as a Canadian and as one of the writers and founders of the Constitution Act of 1982—not only speak about it, I must act about it.

“I must show Canadians that I’m so concerned as a citizen, as a former first minister that helped craft this Constitution Act of 1982, that I must take action against my own government. Because they have violated rights that I and others helped craft in 1981 and 1982,” he added.

“Canadians have been losing hope in the Charter and our courts,” said Keith Wilson, Q.C., who is lead counsel for the legal challenge. “We are going to put the best arguments and evidence forward so that the court can clarify where governments overstep.”

One thought on “Former premier of Newfoundland on Canada’s Constitutional Crisis,Brian Peckford

  1. Mr Peckford.

    I understand you’re a fan of the Charter of Rights. You may know in section 1 the word ‘guarantee’ is used. When anyone purchases a car, a microwave or any product that’s sold with a guarantee will expire. The rest of section 1 is self explanatory as how rights and freedoms will expire. The Charter is NOT FUNDAMENTAL as Canada’s BILL OF RIGHTS which supersedes the Charter and was given Royal Assent where the Charter was only patriated.
    Canadians are tired of being stabbed in the back using the Charter against Fundamental Rights as ascribed in the Bill of Rights, which cannot be abrogated, abridged or infringed.

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