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OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) — Pro-life Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate MP Leslyn Lewis says the Trudeau government’s treatment of “Freedom Convoy” leader Tamara Lich justifies referring to her as a “political prisoner.”

“Justin Trudeau and the Liberals have created an environment that has undermined our institutions for political gains,” Lewis wrote in an email sent to her backers.

“Under the guise of protecting people’s health and safety, we have seen the erosion of our constitutional rights, and seen our justice system, law enforcement, health system and media weaponized to silence political opponents,” added the only pro-life candidate currently running for CPC leadership.

“These dictatorial acts have dangerously eroded the foundations of our democracy and the rule of law. The Liberals’ penchant for weaponizing institutions to silence their political opponents is undermining the very pillars that should be holding society together.”

Turning her gaze toward Lich, who has been arrested multiple times and denied bail on more than one occasion for her role in organizing the “Freedom Convoy,” Lewis said the Trudeau government’s insistence on keeping her in jail on non-violent mischief charges prior to a conviction fits the legal definition of a “political prisoner.”

“Tamara Lich is just one example of what happens when government uses its power to control Canadians, to inflame hate and division and to infest independent institutions with political operatives,” slammed Lewis, pointing to the definition of a political prisoner as someone “imprisoned for their political beliefs and actions.”

As reported by LifeSiteNews, the judge who initially denied Lich’s bail in February was subsequently found to be a former Liberal Party candidate, leading many to wonder whether the decision to keep her in jail was politically motivated.

This speculation was only heightened when it was discovered that the Crown prosecutor on Lich’s case also had ties to the Liberal Party, having donated over $17,000 to the party over the past decade.

“The fact that we have to ask if Canada has political prisoners speaks to the state of our declining democracy,” Lewis stated in the email.

“But there seems to be no depth that Justin Trudeau and the Liberals will not sink to in order to control our thoughts, actions and even democratic institutions,” the politician stressed.

“These events have sent tremors into the hearts of Canadians. Some of whom have picked up and left this country out of fear that we are descending into a full-blown dictatorship.”

Recounting the events that she says have led people to fear Canada is no longer the free democracy it once was, Lewis pointed to Trudeau’s invocation of the never-before-used Emergencies Act, which was used to squash the Freedom Convoy, and included having Canadians “targeted for their political views, their property confiscated and their bank accounts frozen out of a political vendetta.”

Lewis’ characterization of Lich as a political prisoner – a view commonly held by conservative Canadians – was much more direct than the statement recently made by her leadership race opponent Pierre Poilievre, who upon being asked if he felt that Lich was a “political prisoner” opted to say that it is not his “role” to make such “judgments.”

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