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"It Has To Be Done": After Court Victory For Freedom Convoy, Canadians Ready To Sue

•, by Matthew Horwood

"I think it's the second phase to what took place with the federal court case," military veteran and plaintiff Eddie Cornell said. "We've got a big hill to climb, but it's something that's necessary. It has to be done."

On Jan. 23, Federal Court Justice Richard Mosley issued a ruling against the federal government's invocation of the Emergencies Act in response to the protests and blockades that gridlocked Canada's capital Ottawa for weeks.

The government's use of the act did "not bear the hallmarks of reasonableness—justification, transparency and intelligibility—and was not justified in relation to the relevant factual and legal constraints that were required to be taken into consideration," Justice Mosley wrote in his ruling.

Police veteran and plaintiff Vincent Gircys, whose bank account was frozen for more than a week under the Emergencies Act, said that while he was initially "very disappointed with our justice system—having worked in there for 32 years"—he's pleased to see that "some level of justice is being restored."

Alberta contractor Jeremiah Jost, who, alongside his wife, drove to Ottawa as part of the convoy, said he was "incredibly encouraged by Justice Mosley's ruling and his courage to put his neck out."

The ruling has likely given hope to Canadians who are upset with the country's justice system, he said.

The Freedom Convoy, a protest response to a federal mandate requiring COVID-19 vaccination for truck drivers crossing the Canada–U.S. border, resulted in an encampment of large trucks in the nation's capital in early 2022.

The original protest action, which began in January 2022, quickly evolved into a broader, large-scale movement in opposition to pandemic mandates and restrictions, with similar demonstrations being held at several Canada-U.S. border crossings.