Protest of Michael Bryant's lecture at the ROM
There will be a demonstration against Michael Bryant this Thursday March 29 at 5pm at the Royal Ontario Museum. The following is the press release from Benjamin Mueller-Heaslip, who is organizing the event. His contact info is at the bottom and you can contact him with questions and concerns:
On Thursday March 29 Michael Bryant, the former Attorney General and MP who was excused from standing trial after killing cycle messenger Darcy Allan Sheppard, will be lecturing the Liberal Party at the Royal Ontario Museum.
The incident was captured by surveillance video and witnessed by many who were willing to share their accounts. A special prosecutor, Richard Peck, with ties to the liberal party worked with the defence team to document and publish Mr. Bryant’s version of the events.
The exceptionality of Mr. Bryant’s case is undeniable: no rational person in the same circumstances could expect the exemption from a fair trial and weighing of evidence that was granted to our ex-attorney general. Anyone without his political connections, that is. In fact, it’s quite difficult to imagine a more clear-cut example of legal bias.
When our legal system so clearly exposes its inability to act independently, we believe it the responsibility of everyone who believes in a single standard of justice – a standard that doesn’t differentiate between people based on their wealth and social position – to object.
So we will gather to demonstrate at the main entrance to the Royal Ontario Museum on March 29th, in visual demonstration that will leave no doubt as to our message: political authority is a responsibility, not a privilege. And any person whose privilege sets him above the law has no place in setting policy for a political party responsible for shaping the laws the rest of us value and obey.
Some of us protest as cyclists who object to the absurd precedent set by this case, some as friends of Al Sheppard, and all of us as citizens and shareholders in a legal system which recognizes a single standard of law.