(Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson and former Newfoundland premier Brian Peckford)


“I can’t wait for the day when I will appear in court and look at a judge straight in the eye and say that what we have here from the governments of Canada is unconstitutional,” said former Newfoundland premier Brian Peckford.


December 17, 2021

The last living premier who helped craft the 1982 Constitution says COVID-19 is no justification for denying Canadians the rights and freedoms laid out in the Charter.

Former Newfoundland premier Brian Peckford says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is exceeding his authority as his father did. During a December 16 interview with video logger Laura Lynn Thompson, Peckford recalled constitutional negotiations with Pierre Trudeau.

“[He] left the table and said, ‘You are too difficult to deal with. And therefore I’m going to do this on my own,’” recalled Peckford.

However, the Supreme Court ruled in 1981 that Trudeau could not patriate the constitution without approval from a majority of the provinces.

“The judges were friends of the law first, and friends of the prime minister or the system second. We have to wonder today whether that’s still true,” Peckford said.

“So he had to come back to the table again and deal with us [premiers] who had taken them to court because he wasn’t an emperor. He wasn’t a king. He couldn’t do whatever he liked.”

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