Whistlestop Cafe owner Chris Scott — who rose to fame fighting Alberta COVID-19 lockdowns — is starting an advocacy group to continue the battle.
The new group,
FullSteamAhead, is becoming a
non-profit membership association which links individuals and businesses and lawyers affected by government’s plans for forced vaccination for employment in some areas.
Scott said his group has a mission:
• To actively seek out credible information.
• To advocate for those who are mandated out of work.
• To effectively influence change in order to protect Constitutional Rights & Freedoms.
“We never thought we would be in the world that we are in today, yet here we are,” Scott said in a Facebook posting.
“And we want you to know that you are not alone. There are thousands of individuals and businesses across Alberta and Canada that are asking themselves how to navigate this new world.
“We want individuals and businesses to team up with a group of lawyers that are ready to take on the government and companies that are stripping away our rights and freedoms. And we want to help those individuals and businesses that are being discriminated against in order to keep their job or their business running.”
Scott was arrested May 8 after a protest which saw 1,500 people show up in support of his business in Mirror, 50 km east of Red Deer, which has faced repeated crackdowns by the provincial government.
That week saw the RCMP seize all of the establishment’s beer and then days later padlock the restaurant after a dawn raid.
Undeterred, Scott continued cooking pancakes, making burgers and serving coffee to his customers the next day in the parking lot outside his shuttered restaurant. The UCP government had recently banned outdoor patio service for restaurants.
Scott made a solemn promise to Alberta Health Services and the RCMP he would no longer open his establishment.
So when he was inside May 29, cleaning damage up after someone broke the glass in his front door, he was shocked to see AHS and RCMP speed into his parking lot, and re-padlock the restaurant.
Last week saw him receive a $20,000 fine and an 18-month probation period.
The Whistle Stop Cafe has become a flashpoint in resistance to provincial lockdown orders and restrictions imposed by the Kenney government, as Scott defied the orders and “illegally” reopened in mid-January of 2021.
Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard