Court grants Alberta’s request not to show evidence for health order at Pastor James Coates’ trial

By The Christian Post

Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, speaks to the Canadian news outlet Rebel News on March 29, 2021. | YouTube/Rebel News

A Canadian court ruled earlier this week that the government of Alberta will not be required to show scientific evidence backing up its COVID-19 restrictions during the upcoming trial of Pastor James Coates, who was arrested and jailed for holding in-person worship gatherings. 

Alberta will not be required to produce scientific evidence supporting the orders of Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the chief medical officer of health for the province, during the May 3 trial of Coates from GraceLife Church in Edmond, the Provincial Court in Stony Plain has ruled. The court added that the challenge to the constitutionality and legality of those orders will be heard at an unknown later date, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms said in a statement released Friday.

The pastor spent one month and six days in jail before his release on March 22, “because he would not sign an agreement to stop pastoring his church according to the congregation’s beliefs,” noted the Justice Centre, which is representing the Coates and his church.

“After 13 months of violating Charter freedoms, the Alberta government refuses to present evidence in support of lockdowns in court, and unfortunately the courts have permitted the government to delay facing accountability in regard to Charter violations,” said Justice Centre President John Carpay.

Source:The Christian Post