To be the representative of Saskatchewan for Action4Canada cost Tonie Wells her job and her driver’s license, but she says it only gave her more time and motivation.
“’Don’t fire me because I won’t have anything to do but 24 hours a day Erin Brockovich your ass to court!’ The Department of Justice fired me. And so here I am,” Wells told the Western standard in an interview.
In October, the former Ontario Provincial Police officer became a representative of Action4Canada, which describes itself as “a grassroots movement reaching out to millions of Canadians and UNITING our voices in opposition to destructive policies that tear the fabric of this nation.
In an online interview shortly after, she urged workers to file grievances against their unions for failing to represent them against what she called unconstitutional mandates for proof of vaccinations or COVID-19 testing. negative to maintain employment.
In November, Wells lost his job as a deputy sheriff for the Saskatchewan Department of Justice for “conduct unbecoming an officer.”
“’I have no right to discriminate. I have no right to criticize my government,” Wells said.
“I said, ‘Well, damn it, the NDP and the Conservatives are screwed then. It is my right as a Canadian to question my government. It is my right as a dues paying member of a union to say that you should support me and that you should support me as a dues member and not support the government. And apparently it’s not allowed, so they fired me.
Wells said his boss didn’t appreciate receiving notice of accountability for overseeing COVID-19 warrants or being called a name.
“I took mental health leave before that because things were getting too difficult for me… I was supposed to come back to work on Monday. Came in Friday to grab something, my desk and chair were gone. My office was completely crossed. Everything was just everywhere. My keyboard was gone and all that stuff given to me by the government. And all my stuff was gone. And I was like, ‘Why do you have to be ______? Why?’ And apparently that’s not allowed.
Although he has landed a part-time job, Wells has more time than before to rally support for Action4Canada. On January 6, she announced a tour that would take her to five communities. She soon discovered she had the attention of the government.
“Thursday I put my plates on my vehicle and put a payment on my claim. They scanned my license, everything was great. Thursday afternoon I posted my tour dates through Saskatchewan, where I I was finally pulled over on Friday and told I didn’t have a license,” Wells said.
“I lost my license because the Saskatchewan government took away my tour dates… The cop looked at me and he said, ‘It’s off. And I’m like, ‘What does that mean?’ He goes, ‘I have no idea.’ I’m like, ‘Great! Cool.'”
Wells, a former member of the Ontario Provincial Police, said she would continue to drive the vehicle under common law.
“The cop was like, ‘Oh, you know about that?’
“And I was like, ‘Yeah, I own it. I paid for it. I have the right to enjoy my property. So you’re leaving.’
Wells made more requests later but got only partial answers.
“They deactivated my license, fined me $1,000, an arbitrary fine, the actual ticket of which I haven’t seen yet, for acting as a commercial vehicle rather than a personal vehicle. And I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ “Well, you travel a lot.” I’m like, ‘How do you know I travel a lot?’ “Well, we can’t talk about that.”
“I’m like, ‘Well, you better start talking to him! When I travel, I travel without profit. I’m not paid. I am a volunteer.’
“We really welcome other small groups to empower them and help them legally. Here in Regina we have a legal task force of 12 people. We have our gatherings. We help businesses with $14,000 fines, helping parents with schools and school boards. It goes on and on and on and on. And like I said, ‘If you fire me, I’ll keep traveling.’ And here I am.”
Lee Harding is a Western Standard contributor from Saskatchewan.