I've been holding off on this but I thought I would provide some commentary on an incident that occurred during the Emergency Act inquiry (POEC) early this past week.
First though, I'm going to talk about Ray Epps and why Canadian right-wing extremists and conspiracy believers are talking about him now:
Ray Epps is an American conservative and Trump supporter who was at the Capitol on January 6 during the insurrection and attempted overturning of the presidential election results. In a video he was seen urging people to enter the Capitol. Since then the conspiracy theorists have claimed with no proof that Epps was in fact a "deep state" agitator who wanted to discredit the efforts of the Trump supporters on that day and not, as is true, an elderly Trump supporter whose life is now in turmoil as a result of the accusation against him (including by Trump himself).
It doesn't matter how ridiculous the claim is; Epps was a single person in a sea of humanity and if you're going to suggest that crowd had to be convinced by one old man to storm the Capitol then there are many bridges in many Brooklyns I would like to sell you. This story fits a narrative and no amount of proof will convince the true believers otherwise.
So with that, let's get to the story, shall we?
Prior to the incident I will be writing about, the big news emerging from the inquiry was that CSIS had advised that the Prime Minister invoke the Emergency Act in response to the occupation in Ottawa and the border blockades in BC, Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario.
I wrote as a bit of an aside I wrote extensively about the occupation and border blockades at the time:
1. If you are following me odds are that has been since January 29, 2022 when I started composing some epically long and frequently snarky threads on the "Freedom Convoy" which I often characterized as the #OttawaOccupation. pic.twitter.com/mt3TIEYUT5— Kurt Phillips🧛♂️ (@ARCCollective) October 20, 2022
The commissioner tried to give him out and say that time was up.— Tony of the inner circle (@TonyYvce) November 22, 2022
Another lawyer objected by rightfully stating that it is not an established fact that Brian Fox was holding the Nazi flag.
Brendan went forward anyway.
The request also asked to have three others present evidence: Enterprise Canada, David Chan and Shawn Folkes.— Rachel Gilmore (@atRachelGilmore) November 23, 2022
Enterprise is Fox's employer, Chan is a freelance photographer, and Folkes -- who identified Fox in an affidavit.
Vandalism is punishable with a ticket and you want to murder me. Cool cool pic.twitter.com/5HXzF4JDFg— Louie Louie (@JoeAmite) February 3, 2022
This part is WILD:— Rachel Gilmore (@atRachelGilmore) November 23, 2022
Folkes said he saw a man holding a Nazi flags at the protest on Jan. 29 and "attempted to speak with him."
It was only *after* watching Miller's examinations on Nov. 21 that, the same day, he went to Enterprise's website and identified Mr. Fox.