To date, the Free North Declaration has garnered signatures from 245 legal professionals across Canada and 23,285 concerned citizens.
“We are Canadian lawyers. In our country, civil liberties are under unprecedented attack. Governments, public health authorities, universities, public and private employers, municipalities, and businesses are trampling Canadians’ rights and freedoms. Our free society is at risk,” the declaration reads.
“Covid rules restrict citizens’ abilities to work, shop, travel and socialize. They erode civil liberties strategically, attempting to not run afoul of the law or to trigger protections in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms such as liberty and security of the person, the freedoms of association, assembly, expression, conscience, religion, and mobility rights.”
Among those who signed the letter are several prominent Canadians who have spoken out against COVID-19 restrictions, including lawyers Bruce Pardy and Lisa Bildy.
The declaration also accuses medical regulators of becoming dictatorial and squashing dissenting opinions to the dominant COVID-19 narrative.
“We are appalled by what is happening in our country. We call for the immediate end of vaccine passports and mandates. We propose a public inquiry into the handling of all aspects of the declared pandemic,” the declaration states.
“Canadians should have control of their own lives and have the right to make their own decisions about their health, medical treatments, personal information, travels, and associations. Canada is supposed to be a free country governed by the rule of law. Restore it now or risk losing it for good.”
Other similar declarations have been put forward in Canada and elsewhere. In October 2020, thousands of scientists, medical professionals and academics signed the Great Barrington Declaration, which called for an end to lockdowns and proposed an approach to focus on those most vulnerable to severe virus outcomes.
To date the declaration counts over 870,000 signatories from a wide array of fields and professions.