OTTAWA—A lawyer for organizers of the so-called “Freedom Convoy” ran to confront a person outdoors of the Emergencies Act inquiry on Thursday whom he mistook for the individual he has repeatedly accused — regardless of ardent denials and with out offering proof — of carrying a Nazi flag to final winter’s protests.
The lawyer was additionally served a libel discover for the claims which were dismissed as “absurd and despicable” by the corporate the accused man works for.
The weird episode comes because the convoy lawyer, Brendan Miller, continues to push a baseless conspiracy idea within the closing days of the inquiry. The speculation — which includes unproven accusations that the federal government colluded with the media and a public relations agency known as Enterprise Canada to discredit the convoy protesters as extremists — was described in a written choice by the choose main the inquiry as having “little basis in proof.”
Throughout testimony Thursday night on the inquiry, Miller bumped into the corridor outdoors of the listening to room and yelled after a person he mistakenly thought was Brian Fox, the Enterprise Canada worker he accused of carrying the Nazi flag to the protest occupation in Ottawa.
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“Would you conform to testify?” Miller asks, jogging in the direction of the person.
The person, who is definitely former Liberal staffer and authorities relations employee Greg MacEachern, had been watching the hearings within the public gallery.
Cameras filmed Miller laughing after realizing his mistake, then attempting to apologize to MacEachern, who responds to him, “you’re an fool.” Laughing once more, Miller says to some gathering reporters: “Apparently there’s a gap in my case.”
Moments later, Miller confirmed to reporters he was just lately served with a libel discover from Enterprise, which has vociferously denied the allegation in opposition to Fox. The agency added Fox has acquired dying threats since Miller first made the accusation this week.
Requested to elucidate his allegations, Miller cited the affidavit the choose has already dominated supplies little proof for his idea, in addition to unspecified “knowledge analytics” of on-line images. He additionally accused journalists on the inquiry of unspecified “political connections,” arguing the media isn’t overlaying his arguments and that too many authorities paperwork supplied to the method are blacked out.
Challenged by reporters suggesting Miller doesn’t know Fox is the individual carrying the Nazi flag, he mentioned: “If we don’t know, what’s the best factor to do? Put him on the stand.”
Miller additionally mentioned he welcomed the lawsuit from Enterprise, saying he needs to get entry to the agency’s consumer listing and different info as a defendant in a authorized continuing.
MacEachern declined an interview when contacted by the Star on Thursday night time.