FEBRUARY 11, 2022 – Cornwall area lawyer Maurice Gatien has been working for a few generations now, but until Covid he’s never seen anger in his face to the point that he was assaulted in his office Tuesday February 8th which resulted in a trip to CCH via ambulance.
His assailant was wearing a mask….and hoodie. The lawyer was clubbed and hit his head while falling which resulted in his being knocked out. One of the last thing he recalled was his assailant calling him an old (XXXX XXXX) and to get vaccinated.
The Cornwall Police are refusing to speak with this newspaper, again sadly, as we tried to get some basic info. Nor have they issued a release.
We were able to speak to Mr. Gatien who confirmed the assault and gave us a quote for publication.
Being assaulted having to go to the hospital in an ambulance is an unsettling experience. I wish to thank the EMTs and the hospital staff who looked after me – that was the positive side of a negative experience. The CT scan came back clear and I don’t have any brain injury, luckily. Lawyers with brain injuries are not as highly valued – though some people think we all have them. Lawyers are an important element in dealing with the friction points in society – we need to be allowed to do our work.
Mr. Gatien has been involved with a group called the Eastern Ontario Health Alliance which has been painted as an Anti Vax group. In November Mr. Gatien was Doxed by another Cornwall area lawyer which led to an attack on his rural area home as well as other abuse and vandalism.
Violence of any sort of course should not be tolerated by any position regarding the World Wide pandemic that has killed over 35,000 Canadians.
Mr. Gatien is going to walk to Ottawa to create more awareness with his 100K Old Man Walking tour to Ottawa that starts today and ends Sunday with a grueling 40K per day schedule. LINK
He stated about the trek:
This trek is not about anger and it’s not about who’s necessarily right and who’s necessarily wrong. It’s about respect and being kind to each other – a much better foundational value for society than intimidation. I invite people to join me – for any distance, short or long – and to bring a bell with them, The sound of bells is an uplifting one – and that’s the message I want to deliver.