Coates’ attorney, John Carpay, said the government’s enforcement was excessive.
“I’m very disappointed to see this kind of draconian and aggressive enforcement of health orders when these health orders themselves are being challenged in court,” Carpay told CBC News. “It shows a very aggressive government that is not answering questions about its policies, but wants to push its weight around and try and make an example out of GraceLife Church.”
Churches in Canada have apparently become a prime target for law enforcement. Last weekend, during one church’s Easter services, at least one police officer and other law enforcement personnel entered a church run by a Polish immigrant, who forcefully asked them to leave while comparing their behavior to Nazi Germany’s gestapo.
A church in Edmonton, Canada wouldn’t obey politicians and lock its doors. So they jailed the pastor for 35 days. The church still wouldn’t close. So police raided it, turned it into an armed garrison & occupied it. And still the Christians come. pic.twitter.com/yNZRUXXudl— Ezra Levant 🍁 (@ezralevant) April 11, 2021