Mobility Rights – Tips on how to respond to police
Charter – Section 6 – Mobility rights Provision
(1) Every citizen of Canada has the right to enter, remain in and leave Canada.
(2) Every citizen of Canada and every person who has the status of a permanent
resident of Canada has the right:
1. to move to and take up residence in any province; and
2. to pursue the gaining of a livelihood in any province.
If you are stopped by the police always be polite but know your rights.
Ask the question: Why have I been pulled over?
If you are questioned about where you are going or why you are not at home state the
“I am performing an essential service. The Charter of Rights, our Foundational Law,
provides the Right to Travel free of harassment. Your Oath and the Police Services Act
agree. The Charter also gives me the right to remain silent.”
Following this statement, say nothing further or, if need be, repeat the statement.
If asked to provide your identification and insurance: Provide your driver licence, insurance card and vehicle registration … only if asked … but remain silent.
If issued a ticket: Accept the ticket and immediately file to dispute it
As long as you identify yourself when requested with documents or verbally, the police have no arrest authority.
If police show up at your home do not answer the door, do not invite them in. They require a Crown Warrant to enter and would need reasonable cause to do so.