Patrick King Not Responsible For Alberta Ending COVID Mandates
Updated Aug 4, 2021, 7:03 PM
After a huge number of requests from our audience on this story, here is a brief report regarding the claims made by an Alberta man, Patrick King, who appeared on The Stew Peters show claiming Alberta dropped various COVID mandates because of his legal challenges. (Update: This segment of the Stew Peters show episode is now deleted with no official retraction or correction from Peters' show.)
The show claimed that Patrick King got the Alberta government to admit they had no evidence the COVID-19 virus existed. His case can be found here. King stated on the Stew Peters show that this was why the Alberta government dropped mask, testing and isolation requirements.
After consulting our own resident legal expert, as well as another for good measure, it is clear that King simply does not understand his own legal case nor what the Alberta government was stating in the documents he used as proof on the Stew Peters show.
Firstly, Alberta had eased almost all COVID restrictions, including dropping most mask mandates, on July 1st 2021, well before King’s court case. They announced in June they would do this, and this latest move was on track with previous decisions.
Secondly, as our legal experts have pointed out:
"Mr King doesn't understand the legal process unfortunately. They [the government] are not admitting that there is no material evidence about isolating the virus because that has nothing to do with the case against him. As I suspected last night, the reference to “no material evidence” refers to King’s failure to present material evidence (material here meaning relevant) to substantiate his defense."
A lawyer acting as a source for The Pulse. Wishes to remain anonymous.
This misunderstanding on the part of King led to the false assumption that the government admitted the COVID virus doesn’t exist, when that in fact is not what’s being said in this legal proceeding.
This detail should have been caught by the producers, or by Stew Peters himself, prior to airing and disseminating this information. Basic journalism: check and verify your source with an expert when necessary.