Canadian trucker facing criminal charges from Freedom Convoy remains ‘confident,’ puts trust in God – LifeSite

CAISTOR CENTRE, Ontario (LifeSiteNews) —A Canadian father who runs a trucking company remains “confident” in the face of his four criminal charges for participating in the 2022 Freedom Convoy.  

Despite being charged earlier this week, Harold Jonker, who runs Jonker Trucking Inc. out of Caistor Centre in Ontario’s Niagara region, revealed he is “not concerned” and trusts in God’s plan, according to an interview with True North News.   

“We’re not alone; there’s people out here that are willing to help, and I’ve been humbled by the amount of support I’ve been receiving from people across Canada,” he said.  

Jonker said the charges laid against him 14 months after the convoy “came as a surprise but not as a shock.” According to the terms of his bond, he must turn himself in to the Ottawa Police on May 10, but Jonker remains hopeful, saying, “The Lord willing, the truth prevails. It always does; it just sometimes takes a long time.” 

The trucker faces one charge of mischief for obstructing property, another for intimation by blocking or obstructing a highway, and two counts of counsel for an uncommitted, indictable offence. 

Jonker’s case has been taken up by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), which is currently defending several Canadian truckers charged for participation in the Freedom Convoy.  

While Jonker hopes that the charges will be dropped, like those against previous truckers, he voiced concern about being prevented from working. “If I do have criminal charges against meand that sticks, then I don’t think I’ll be able to cross the border,” he said. 

But while Jonker said this restriction would be difficult, he noted he could “keep busy within the office.”  

“At the same time, no, I’m not concerned. (…) The truth will prevail,” he added.  

“If I do get charged, we’ll have to adjust life somewhat, but not to worry.” 

Jonker explained that his Christian faith keeps him from succumbing to fear, saying, “I’m comforted in the fact that we are called to speak the truth, and after that, it’s not up to us.”  

 “We were called to do the best we can, and after that, we need to leave it in the good Lord’s hands, and that’s where it is with me,” he said. “I’m confident that the Lord has a plan. What it exactly is we’ll find out.” 

“It might be interesting where it goes, but life is supposed to be interesting, so I’m looking forward to do whatever the Lord decided to with me,” Jonker added.  

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The son of pastor Artur Pawlowski could be facing massive fines and jail time after he preached Bible verses outside a drag queen story time held at a public library over the weekend.

Nathaniel Pawlowski was detained and ticketed on Saturday by Calgary Police Service (CPS) because he was preaching too “close” to the drag event, in an apparent violation of a new and oppressive bylaw.

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Pawlowski said that he was outside the event to “preach, read the Bible and just speak.” 

Video of the incident shows Pawlowski along with his friend Deklan Friesen speaking to a crowd outside the library.

Calgary City Council last month passed a new “Safe and Inclusive Access Bylaw” that disallows “specified protests” both inside and outside all city-owned and affiliated public buildings. Mayor Jyoti Gondek put her full support behind the buffer zone bylaw.

Please tell Mayor Gondek that the bylaw violating Charter freedoms is both unjust and absurd

The bylaw means pastors or concerned parents protesting pro-LGBT events at public buildings are barred from getting within 100 meters of any such location.

Top constitutional lawyer John Carpay recently blasted Calgary City Council for going to “war” against Canadians’ freedoms by using bylaws to target people’s ability to protest events at public facilities, including drag queen performance directed at children. 

In an opinion piece published on March 17 in the Western Standard, Carpay said “freedom of expression is meaningless if citizens are only allowed to say what’s approved by the government, or if expression is banished from public spaces.” 

Pawlowski noted that his ticket has no penalty listed yet, as police must “review the evidence on me and that they will be stopping by my home to issue charges.”  

His ticket does have a mandatory court appearance date. Each charge under Calgary’s bylaw carries a maximum fine of up to $10,000 and up to a year in jail.

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Pawlowski had asked the police officers if they would also be enforcing “the same law on to the other side with the Antifa protesters”, but nobody was served a ticket except for he and Friesen.

In June 2022, Calgary City Council, under its left-leaning Mayor Jyoti Gondek, amended the city’s bylaws to “specifically prohibit insulting or demeaning behavior, including unwanted sexual advances, or harassing anyone on the basis of age, race, sexual orientation, disability, gender, gender identity or gender expression, among others.” 

In February, Gondek vowed to use the bylaw to go after drag queen story hour protesters after some of the events were postponed by pro-family objectors. 

In early March, fulfilling her promise, Calgary City Council then passed the bylaw that banned protesting against drag queen story hours or any other “LGBTQ” events held at public facilities. 

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Carpay noted that while there are limits to free speech,  “Canadians have every right to express their views in public places, regardless of the content of the expression.” 

He also wrote how a 1992 Supreme Court of Canada decision in R. v. Zundel “explained all communications which convey or attempt to convey meaning are protected by the Charter [of Rights and Freedoms], unless the physical form by which the communication is made (for example, a violent act) excludes protection.” 

“The purpose of the Charter’s free expression guarantee is to promote truth, self-fulfillment, and political and social participation. That purpose extends to the protection of minority beliefs which the majority regards as wrong or false,” wrote Carpay. 

According to Carpay, Gondek seems to “believe it is wrong or false to oppose drag queen story readings in public libraries.” 

“She is entitled to express her views, but not to impose her views on others by effectively banning peaceful public protests through a so-called ‘Safe and Inclusive Access’ bylaw,” noted Carpay. 

There exists a “freedom of expression” which includes the “right” to choose “high-visibility locations to hold up signs or banners, sing or chant, hand out literature, gather signatures on a petition, and have a speaker get up on her soapbox,” continued the lawyer. 

“Protests are often held at the locations where injustices (or perceived injustices) are actually occurring,” he added. 

Christian pastor Derek Reimer was jailed and charged in early March for protesting a children’s drag queen story hour at a public library in Calgary.  

Carpay wrote that the city council’s use of “coercive power to relegate peaceful protesters to obscure locations where they cannot be seen or heard,” amounts to “crushing a fundamental Charter freedom on which our democracy depends.” 

“The point of protests is to be seen and heard,” wrote Carpay. 

Carpay noted that being forced to stand 100 meters away from high-visibility and high-traffic areas “reduces freedom of expression to near irrelevance.” 

“Protecting entrances from obstruction is already taken care of by the Criminal Code, and does not require a bylaw that imposes up to $10,000 in fines and up to a year in jail for peacefully protesting less than the length of four swimming pools away from an entrance,” charged Carpay. 

According to Carpay, the Charter’s protection for free speech applies to those at the receiving end of a person speaking out.  

“Potential listeners who have the right to hear diverse points of view, and to decide for themselves what is true and false rather than having Mayor Gondek decide on their behalf,” said Carpay. 

“Calgary’s ‘Safe and Inclusive Access’ bylaw violates the rights of all Calgarians, speakers and listeners, and attacks diversity of thought and belief.” 

Carpay noted that “repressive regimes always take great pains to ensure their subjects are kept ‘safe’ from ideas which the regime believes to be wrong or false.” 

“In the past – and still today – those living in communist North Korea, national socialist Germany, theocratic Iran, Putin’s Russia, communist China and many other places have been kept very safe from ideas that the regime dislikes,” wrote Carpay.  

Carpay noted that in a “free society,” there is no way everyone can be “safe” from hearing one’s opposing views. 

“The ‘safety’ which woke activists on Calgary City Council are promising is attractive to those who support children being exposed to drag queens at public libraries,” wrote Carpay.

“But beware of the erosion of freedom, because the demons of censorship cannot be controlled after their release.” 

In addition to Carpay, the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) has also objected to the new bylaw, and has vowed to commence a legal challenge against the “unconstitutional” policy. 

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Jonker is only one of many to face charges after the Freedom Convoy, which took place in January and February 2022, reached Ottawa. The grassroots movement was a protest against COVID mandates imposed by the federal, provincial, and local governments. 

The Freedom Convoy protests inspired Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to enact the Emergencies Act (EA) on February 14, 2022, to shut it down. 

Trudeau had disparaged unvaccinated Canadians, saying those opposing his measures were of a “small, fringe minority” who hold “unacceptable views” and do not “represent the views of Canadians who have been there for each other.” 

Trudeau revoked the EA on February 23 after the protesters had been cleared out. Hundreds of protesters were arrested for participating in the Freedom Convoy while the EA was in place. Many, but not all, saw their charges dropped. 

The use of the EA empowered the government to freeze bank accounts. Nearly $8 million of Canadians’ savings, held in 267 bank accounts, were inaccessible. Additionally, 170 bitcoin wallets were frozen. The freezing of bank accounts without a court order was an unprecedented action in Canadian history. 

Last month,  Judge Paul Rouleau , who has ties to Trudeau’s Liberal Partyexonerated the prime minister’s use of the EA to decimate the Freedom Convoy after releasing the final report of the Public Order Emergency Commission.