A conspirator known to have destroyed works with an ax in Quebec is now complaining that it will be difficult for him to pay thousands of dollars in fines for having violated sanitary measures.
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“I vote for the immediate dismissal of François Legault and Justin Trudeau. They are criminals, nothing less. 165 hours [of work] for a ticket is madness”, denounced Daniel Girard on his Facebook page on Monday.
The 31-year-old Montrealer, nicknamed Dydy Dan on social media, believed the COVID pandemic and fines were fictional. Mr. Girard has therefore ignored the Public Health Act on many occasions by filming himself, for example, during demonstrations in full curfew.
So much so that he boasts on Facebook of having had 14 tickets of at least $1,550 each. His debt could therefore amount to more than $21,000 for this case.
“Impossible to win against them. Me, I have 14 tickets and the 14 that I dispute, I will lose. It is planned in advance. Justice does not exist in Canada,” he complains on Facebook.
He faces jail
According to a compilation made by the Journal, the conspirator has a collection of at least ten statements of offense related to COVID-19.
So far, he has been found guilty for three of them. He must also pay the state the sum of one of his $1,661 tickets before February 23.
“We could seize your income, your property (cars, furniture) or monies (bank accounts) if you do not pay the total amount due. [...] You could also be imprisoned”, threatens the Ministry of Justice, in a letter sent to the conspirator.
Daniel Girard was thus injected with a first “truth serum” by the State and it will probably not be the last. He is also expected in court on January 18 in relation to another ticket for violating health measures. The 31-year-old, however, has little chance of getting out of it.
“The conviction rate for cases [linked to COVID fines] heard at the Court of Quebec is around 96%”, confirms to the Journal the Ministry of Justice.
Our request for an interview with Daniel Girard went unanswered on Wednesday.
This resident of the borough of Saint-Léonard, in Montreal, first made headlines in October 2021.
At the time, he filmed himself destroying with an ax the works of the artist Annie Baillargeon in the Capitale-Nationale. According to him, the artist's photos were inappropriate and had no place on the Plains of Abraham.
The Montrealer had been arrested for mischief. He was later released on a promise to appear at a later date.
Between April 1, 2020 and December 31, 2022, 43,373 statements of offense were issued in connection with violations of the Public Health Act. The potential value of all these findings is $65.8M.