Gallant’s call for protesters is a “dog whistle” for bad actors, but it’s not illegal, even for an MP, Ottawa criminal lawyer Michael Spratt said.
Spratt notes there is a constitutional guarantee protecting peaceful protest. While Gallant urged people to attend protests in downtown Ottawa, she also told them not to bring their vehicles and advised them to go home at night.
Gallant actually showed “uncharacteristic restraint” in her posting, Spratt said. It was dangerous, irresponsible and disingenuous — but not illegal, he said.