Sask. trial underway for 46 people, including Maxime Bernier, charged with breaching COVID public health order – CBC

Trial taking place at convention centre due to number of accused

Sep 13, 2022

The trial for 46 people accused of gathering illegally for a rally in Saskatoon during the COVID crisis is now underway.

Proceedings began Monday at TCU Place Convention Centre, rather than the provincial courthouse, because of the number of accused. The trial is scheduled to run two weeks.

The 46 people were each given $2,800 tickets after the May 9, 2021, event at Kinsmen Park. It’s alleged that they violated the Public Health Act order restricting how many could gather and how they needed to be spaced.

One of the accused — People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier — is not disputing the allegation.

“Yeah, I was there and I was proud to be there,” he told reporters on a break Monday. “I’m proud of these people.”

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