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Northcott comes from a historic rodeo family and said the Alberta COVID-19 lockdowns have hit his business hard, leaving him with only 50% of his normal stock and a depleted bank account.

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Rancher Ty Northcott says he may have to head south.

The livestock operator who put on the “No More Lockdowns Rodeo” on the May 1 weekend said the current rules in the province have him eyeing the rodeo scene south of the border.

“I may have to run to the United States (US) like a refugee. I can’t stay in Canada for another 12 months and not rodeo. I would have to sell my property and move to the US,” Northcott told the Western Standard.  

Wellwood interviews northcott

Northcott comes from a historic rodeo family and said the Alberta COVID-19 lockdowns have hit his business hard, leaving him with only 50% of his normal stock and a depleted bank account.

He decided to hold the rodeo in defiance of Alberta Health Services warnings and in protest of the Jason Kenney government’s COVID-19 restrictions. The rodeo was attended by about 4,000 people. 

Days later the RCMP drove up to his ranch and handed him summonses under the Public Health Act for himself, his wife, and business.

Kenney responded to the rodeo, calling it, “disturbing,” and said if it was his political base who attended, “I want a new base.”

“There are rodeos happening in Montana which is just 10 hours from here, and full crowds, no masks, no social distancing. It’s over, there’s 37 states open as of today,” said Northcott, who added he can’t wait to get before the courts.

“They need to show some proof why we’re locked down like we are right now,” he said of Kenney and Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

Nothcott admits he knew this would end up in the courts and it was his intention “to get the other side into the courtroom and get the battle going. Let’s see who is right and who is wrong.

“It is not just for rodeo, it’s for every sport out there, for the kids in school, and every business that’s been shut down,” he said.

“We just want our province back. We went from being conservative to ‘I don’t know what the hell you want to call it today,’ but it sure is not a conservative government, probably the farthest thing I have ever seen from a conservative government.”

Northcott is being represented by lawyers James Kitchen, of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), and lawyer and local rancher Dan Harder, from Olds.

“We put in not guilty pleas and the next step is to put in a Charter Notice. Unlike a normal ticket, it’s necessary to give notice to the court and we will argue Sections 2(b) and 2(c) of the Charter,” said Kitchen. 

Section 2 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms states everyone has the following fundamental freedoms: (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication; and (c) freedom of peaceful assembly.

The Northcotts’ are due back in court on 21 June 2021.

Wellwood is a correspondent for the Western Standard

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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