On Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, I woke up and made my way to the Ontario Legislature, determined to express my utter disgust with Bill 31. A rare weekend sitting had been called to expedite the bill’s passage.
It was tense.
After physically turning his back to the opposition for the duration of the proceedings, Ontario Premier Doug Ford finally wrapped up his chat with the MPPs sitting behind him, and the Conservatives moved to adjourn.
Shouting erupted as ‘the people’ started to file out. Some were escorted out earlier for silently waving their hands in support of the petitions being presented to the busy premier.)
Following several warnings, I was eventually arrested and hauled-off in handcuffs (along with an equally determined woman I met outside) for peacefully refusing to leave the public gallery. As the legislative security officers hoisted me to my feet, one said: “We represent the Crown, you have insulted the Queen.”
My punishment: aside from being charged with a criminal offence, I am banned from Queen’s Park (including the lawn out front) for the rest of my life. So, at 35 years of age, I will never again be granted access to the democratic deliberations of the Queen’s representatives.