Freedom Convoy lawyer called ‘idiot’ after mistaken identity


OTTAWA — A lawyer for organizers of the so-called “Freedom Convoy” raced Thursday to confront a man outside the Emergencies Act investigation he took on the person he accused in several times – despite ardent denials and without providing evidence – of carrying a Nazi flag at demonstrations last winter.

The lawyer also received a defamation notice for the allegations which were dismissed as “absurd and despicable” by the company for which the defendant works.

The bizarre episode comes as convoy attorney Brendan Miller continues to push a baseless conspiracy theory in the final days of the investigation. The theory – which involves unproven accusations that the government colluded with the media and a public relations firm called Enterprise Canada to discredit the convoy protesters as extremists – was outlined in a written judge’s decision which directs the investigation as having “little basis in evidence. ”

While testifying Thursday night at the inquest, Miller ran into the lobby outside the courtroom and yelled at a man he mistakenly thought was Enterprise Canada employee Brian Fox. whom he accused of having carried the Nazi flag to the protest occupation in Ottawa.

“Would you like to testify? Miller asks running towards the man.

The man, who is actually former Liberal staffer and government relations officer Greg MacEachern, had been watching the hearings in the public gallery.

Cameras caught Miller laughing after realizing his mistake, then trying to apologize to MacEachern, who replied, “you’re an idiot.” Laughing again, Miller said to a few gathered reporters, “Apparently there is a hole in my file.

Moments later, Miller confirmed to reporters that he had recently received a defamation notice from Enterprise, which vehemently denied the allegation against Fox. The firm added that Fox has received death threats since Miller first filed the accusation this week.

Asked to explain his allegations, Miller cited the affidavit the judge has already ruled as providing little evidence for his theory, as well as unspecified “data analytics” of online photos. He also accused journalists present at the inquiry of unspecified “political connections”, arguing that the media does not cover his arguments and that too many government documents provided to the process are withheld.

When challenged by reporters suggesting that Miller doesn’t know Fox is the person carrying the Nazi flag, he said, “If we don’t know, what’s the easiest thing to do? Put him on the helm.

Miller also said he welcomes Enterprise’s lawsuit, saying he wants access to the company’s customer list and other information as a defendant in legal proceedings.

MacEachern declined an interview when contacted by the Star on Thursday evening.

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