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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Leduc Catlin

Shining a Light on Canada’s Police State

“Never shy away from speaking the truth. You need to fear the consequences of not speaking up.”

Vincent Gircys

The first time I met retired Ontario Provincial Police officer, Vincent Gircys, was at a Justice for the Vaccinated conference in Toronto earlier this year when I interviewed him.

We sat down and I began explaining what I wanted to talk about.

I soon had to stop because I was stumbling over my words due to the intense attention he gave to what I was saying.

“I’m sorry. That’s because if I don’t focus…”

He began to well up.

This former forensic investigator with his trained dispassionate demeanour was overwhelmed by his own emotion because, “You’re asking all the right questions.”

When you hear Mr. Gircys speak, you immediately get his commitment and his credibility.

My questions weren’t special, they were just on point.

And Vincent isn’t a man who wastes time with supposition or speculation when it comes to truth and justice.

A man of action, he was one of the first to speak out about the violation of constitutional rights here in Canada.

As a spokesperson for a police organization standing up against mandates, he was outspoken about the need to notify all emergency services about the potential dangers of mRNA technology.

He knew his colleagues would have first priority in getting the experimental injections and felt it was imperative that these frontline men and women were given the opportunity for informed consent, as is their constitutional right to bodily autonomy under “security of the person.”

“Them not being informed could lead to tens of thousands (if not more) of dead emergency services worker.”

When his request to send out this warning was declined, he left the organization and continued his advocacy elsewhere.

He spoke at rallies in public parks — which led to 2 warrants for his arrest.

He attended church service during lockdowns — for which he was issued a $10000 fine.

(Yes, that is the correct amount of zeros.)

While liquor stores and cannabis shops were deemed essential services and allowed to stay open, churches were verboten.

This, in a country where “68% of the population…reported having a religious affiliation and 54% reported that their religious or spiritual beliefs were somewhat or very important to how they lived their lives.”

That’s from the Canadian government’s own website.

One has to ask why alcohol and marijuana were permitted to presumably ease people’s suffering, and yet the source of solace for so many Canadians was denied.

For Vincent Gircys, this was yet another alarm bell indicating a seismic shift away from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“When I was investigating the most gruesome crimes, sometimes with children close in age to my own kids, each time I turned to God to get me out of the pit of despair.”

As with many Canadians, it was his spiritual beliefs and practices that nourished him.

When the anti-science hysteria swept across the nation and around the world, he once again looked to the church.

“From the beginning of this, I turned very closely to God… I had to reestablish my sanity in an insane world. It’s what kept me alive.”

Vincent continued speaking out in his personal capacity as a concerned citizen with considerable knowledge of individual and constitutional rights.

As he explains, “The opening line of the Charter overrides all other laws.”

“Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law…”

Charter of Rights and Freedoms

On January 1,2021, a letter was dispatched to his home from the Commissioner of the OPP.

The date and delivery are worthy of note.

January 1st is an official holiday, and yet the head of the OPP felt that Mr. Gircys’s personal public engagements were important and significant enough to not only write and sign this letter on a holiday, but to dispatch 2 commissioned officers to hand deliver it to his door on the same day.

That letter is being published here for the first time…

Vincent describes the letter and the actions taken to deliver it to be “a very significant threat.”

“There were big resources involved to tell me to shut up, watch what you say, you are being closely monitored.”

Having never worn his uniform when speaking publicly against government C-19 policies, and always representing himself as a retired officer and private citizen, the letter only served to emboldened him.

“I won’t compromise my integrity.”

In January, 2022, Vincent Gircys once again used his knowledge and respect for the Charter to support the peaceful protestors at the Freedom Convoy in Ottawa.

“I did everything I could within my ability to help facilitate a smooth peaceful process of thousands of people gathering at the nation’s capitol during the coldest snow-covered storm season.”

As well as acting as a liaison between hundreds of truck drivers and the police, he attended daily briefings with legal and operations teams, coordinated volunteer networks for well being checks, snow removal, food distribution and washroom placement, and provided security for high-profile speakers, Dr. Paul Alexander and Dr. Roger Hodkinson.

On February 14, 2022, when the government enacted The Emergencies Act, Mr.Gircys’ banks accounts were frozen, along with over 200 other Canadian citizens.

Relying on the charity of strangers, he was able to stay in Ottawa for the final week of the protest.

At no time did he ever witness violence of any kind — until the police moved in to clear the peaceful protestors once and for all.

“The people were assaulted, arrested, detained then remotely abandoned like discarded trash. The vehicles impounded, the heat sources extinguished, the food and supplies confiscated and the hope for a solution destroyed.”

The now infamous images of police brutality underscore a dark period in Canadian history, but it is only the beginning if extreme tactics like these are allowed to continue…

It is the concern about the lack of adherence to the rule of law guaranteed under the Charter that keeps Vincent Gircys up at night.

It is the reason for warning of the authoritarian state in his powerful testimony at the National Citizens Inquiry earlier this month.

It is also the reason for his participation in a legal challenge put forward by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.

“Of the 32 years I've served as an OPP officer, I don't recall a single murderer, rapist or child molester having their bank account frozen without a court order.”

The case was heard in court last week and a judgement is expected within the next month.👇

"Should the court rule in favour of the government’s position, a new precedent will be established in Canada allowing the police to bypass the judicial process when they feel it necessary to force compliance on any issue by cutting off access to your financial institutions. Anytime, anywhere to anyone for any reason.”

And this is why we all need to be concerned.

There was no justification for the anti-science C-19 mandates.

Lockdowns, masking, social distancing — all the pain and suffering we endured as a result of these panicked policies were for naught.

Except that they ushered in a digital ID system under the guise of a “vaccine passport.”

(For our health, of course.)

There was no justification for preventing people from peacefully protesting or exercising their constitutional right to fundamental freedoms like mobility.

And there was no certainly no justification for using violence or denying law-abiding Canadian citizens access to their own money.

Just last month, the government took it one step further, sharing their ‘blacklist’ internationally.

Are you seeing the totalitarian tiptoe yet?

We have surrendered our constitutional rights out of fear of a virus that is no more deadly than a common flu.

We have surrendered our relationships and allowed ourselves to be pitted against each other.

And we are on the verge of surrendering our values and principles as outlined in the Charter.

This is not the story of one man or even one country.

It is a microcosm of what each of us must decide is the future we are creating — while we still have the state of mind to stop the police state.


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