CA@COVID19Up: Conservative leadership hopeful Leslyn Lewis has outlined a frightening scenario: if Canada signs the WHO’s international pandemic treaty, Canadians’ travel and medication choices could be restricted, the Constitution could be suspended and it could all pave the way for a global government.
Lewis, who holds a PhD in international law from York University, made such claims during a live broadcast on social media Wednesday (May 18) night, building upon arguments she has made previously for why Canada shouldn’t sign the WHO’s Pandemic Response Treaty.
However, several legal experts contacted by CBC News claim the scenario she has outlined is just a “conspiracy theory.”
“This is all just nonsense,” said Prof. Steven Hoffman, a professor in global health, law and political science at York University.
“This is not at all what is being discussed. It’s just trying to get people to be mad at a non-issue. This is really a conspiracy theory that we’re seeing unfold in front of our eyes,” Hoffman claimed.
“The bottom line is that her claims are so far from the truth that it’s actually hard to know where to begin,” added Prof. Kelley Lee, Canada Research Chair in Global Health Governance at Simon Fraser University.
“This is nothing more than fearmongering. There is nothing to support these really strong assertions,” said Prof. Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy at the University of Alberta.
Regardless, Lewis launched a petition to Stop the Treaty this week. The campaign gathered over 15,000 signatures in the first 24 hours.