Canadian Freedom Convoy organizer Tamara Lich was brought into a court room today in actual shackles, during her attempt to receive bail after being denied by an Ontario judge.
Lich appeared in court on Wednesday seeking the bail review, where she was dragged in with shackles restricting her feet from moving. The judge would eventually ask that Lich’s shackles be removed, according to The Post Millennial.
Lich was originally denied bail by Judge Julie Bourgeois. Lich says that that the judge should have recused herself, because as it turns out, the judge had actually previously run as a Liberal Party candidate in 2011, and even received an endorsement from Justin Trudeau, though he was not yet Prime Minister at that time.
The Canadian government has argued that Lich’s claim is nonsense, as other convoy organizers had been granted bail.
“Had I had that information beforehand, I would have felt uncomfortable with the situation,” Lich said on Wednesday about the judge being a Liberal.
The judge in the matter claimed that Lich posed a substantial risk, saying that she may not abide by stipulations set by the court.
“Your recent history in our city … satisfies me that your detention is necessary for the safety and protection of the public,” the judge said.
Lich faces charges of mischief and faces 10 years in prison.
Lich also said that her identity as a Native woman was not considered by the courts, as she is a member of the Metis Nation. This would mean that the courts should judge Lich under what is called the Gladue principles, which essentially create a way for judges “to consider unique circumstances of Indigenous peoples” in the court.
“These unique circumstances include the challenges of colonization you, your family, and community faced and resisted as Indigenous people, and continue to affect you today. These challenges include racism, loss of language, removal from land, Indian residential schools, and foster care. These challenges are called Gladue factors,” Canada Legal Aid says.