Darryl Davies, (Photo by Dave Naylor)


by Lee Harding

May 14, 2022

A Carleton University criminology professor says it’s “absolutely repugnant” that trucker convoy leader Tamara Lich was treated worse in the courtroom than multiple child murderer Clifford Olson.

Although it’s been over two months since Lich appeared in chains for a bail review, Darryl Davies told the Western Standard he is still incensed.

“We have a woman who was one of the organizers of the truckers’ convoy. She’s been given an award by a group that represents and supports the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” Davies said, referring to the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.

“The fact that someone made a decision to handcuff her, shackle her, and they brought her into court, to me, everything — it is absolutely despicable.”

Lich was denied bail for charges of mischief and interfering with the lawful use and operation of property on February 22 by Justice Julie Bourgeois. She told Lich, “your detention is necessary for the safety and protection of the public.”

As Lich sought a bail review on March 2, David Akin tweeted, “Lich is about to take the stand. Her feet are shackled making it difficult for her to move. The Judge asks that those shackles be removed.”

Alberta UCP MLA Brian Jean was incredulous. “LEG SHACKLES!” he tweeted. “In ten years of criminal law, including doing bail hearings for serious violent offences, I can’t remember an accused ever appearing at a bail hearing in shackles.”

Davies had the same observation.

“The most heinous criminals we’ve had in this country have never been treated like that, have never been brought into a courtroom, shackled like they were escapees, and so dangerous. She was portrayed as such. By doing that, they were sending a message that she’s in extremely dangerous people to our country. And this is absolutely bull—-,” Davies said.

Serial killer Clifford Olson confessed to murdering 11 people between the ages of 9 and 18 in the early 1980’s. Davies said even he got better treatment than Lich.

“When Clifford Olson was arrested by the RCMP for committing those egregious acts against young boys and girls, he was not brought into court in chains, and shackled like he was the most dangerous person on the face of the earth. But that’s the way this woman was dealt with because she had the gall to challenge the status quo,” Davies said.

“And by doing that, they demonstrated just how far they’re prepared to go if you don’t fall in line with the status quo. This attitude that somehow, because of what she did, she defied and brought into question the very freedoms of citizens. And for that she was shackled, and handcuffed and brought into a courtroom. It is absolutely extraordinary. I found that absolutely repugnant.”

Davies says Lich’s treatment seems all the worse after a unanimous Supreme Court of Canada decision that said people who commit violent crimes can say in their defence that they were so intoxicated they lost control of themselves. This decision declared a section of the Criminal Code that barred the use of this defense was unconstitutional.

The professor disagrees with the decision and says everyday people would as well. He adds that the adoption of woke culture by the government and legal community contribute to wrong decisions.

“It’s so illogical, it’s totally irrational, but it is what it is. And sadly, that’s the way it is in Canada that if you stand up against the status quo, they will sue you, they will do whatever to try and shut you up.”

Davies says judges in Ottawa have lost touch with reality, and so has the media.

“In Ottawa, we get the same old, funky kind of reporting. Examples of that are the CBC where they report that Trudeau attended the EU and they said, oh, he was warmly received. And yet most of the delegates got up and walked out because the way he dealt with the truckers convoy in Ottawa. And they’re not reporting that? It’s not journalism.”