(Jerry Morin, Chris Carbert, Chris Lysak and Anthony Olienick)

by Ray McGinnis

Frontier Centre

January 1, 2024

Four Alberta men have been in custody after twenty months and over 600 days. They have been denied bail. Apparently there is a trial date set now for late May 2024. Are they meant to rot behind bars?

They attended the Coutts, Alberta, blockade in support of Freedom Convoy protests in Ottawa. On February 13 and 14, 2022 lineman Jerry Morin, landscaper Chris Carbert, electrician Chris Lysak and gravel truck operator Anthony Olienick were arrested on charges of mischief over $5,000. Charges of conspiracy to commit murder were soon added. They were dubbed the Coutts Four. Hours later Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act. At the Public Order Emergency Commission in Ottawa, many government officials testified that the arrests in Coutts underscored the need to declare a national emergency.

Are the Coutts Four political prisoners?

Denial of bail in Canada is rare. People charged with serious crimes routinely get bail. Even people charged with first-degree murder of a police officer.

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