Jun 26, 2021
By Jeremy Logan
A Republican senator who is one of former U.S. president Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters is blasting Canada for the arrests of two Alberta pastors.
Josh Hawley has asked his country’s Commission on International Religious Freedom to consider putting Canada on its special watch list.
He says what Canadian authorities are doing is like the Chinese Communist government.
Hawley refers in his letter to the arrests of pastors James Coates and Tim Stephens.
Coates spent a month in the Edmonton Remand Centre after he violated a bail condition not to hold church services that officials said were ignoring COVID-19 measures on capacity limits, physical distancing and masking.
He was released March 22nd after pleading guilty and was fined $1,500.
Stephens remains in remand after being arrested last week
Hawley may be best known to Canadians for a picture showing him giving a clenched-fist salute to the hordes outside the Capitol as he arrived on the day of the January 6th riots.
The rioters were trying to stop Joe Biden from being confirmed the winner over Trump for president.