The dictator to the north of us, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has invoked the Emergencies Act to stop the Freedom Convoy that has been protesting his ridiculous vaccine mandates.
On Monday Trudeau invoked the never-before-used Emergencies Act to gain full power in order to end the Freedom Convoy protests.
Truckers have stayed parked in Canada’s capital of Ottawa for going on three weeks of protests against the government’s vaccine mandate. While more protesters blocked the Ambassador Bridge that connects the U.S. and Canada. On Sunday police began arresting and clearing off the bridge. 11 people were arrested.
“This is not a peaceful protest,” Trudeau declared at a press conference.
The 1988 Emergencies Act will give Trudeau a week of power that will enable him to protect national security during an emergency. Trudeau’s powers under the act would enable him to prohibit public assembly, travel, and mobilize government support for local police, according to Reuters.
His overstepping hasn’t been met without people speaking out against it.
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has argued that the protests, which have snarled traffic in cities and at the border, did not meet the standard to have invoked the Emergencies Act.
“Governments regularly deal with difficult situations and do so using powers granted to them by democratically elected representatives. Emergency legislation should not be normalized. It threatens our democracy and our civil liberties,” the association added.
Leah West, an assistant professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, said: “The federal government must consult with provinces and Cabinet must believe the protests rise to the level of a national emergency.
“Can it truly be said the security of Canada is threatened by largely non-violent protests? Certainly, our sovereignty and territorial integrity are not at risk,” she said.
Quebec Premier Francois Legault told reporters, “I was very clear with the prime minister that the federal emergency act must not apply in Quebec. I think we don’t need it. I think that at this moment it would not help the social climate. There’s a lot of pressure right now and I think we have to be careful. So it’s about time we put all Quebecers together. But I can understand that enough is enough in Ottawa. You can protest but you cannot do what they are doing since two weeks.”
Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson said, “While the situation is very different in Ontario, this ultimate federal legislation should only be considered on a measured and proportional basis, in locations where it is truly needed.”
Ontario Premier Doug Ford said: “I’ll support the federal government and any proposals they have to bring law and order back to our province, to make sure we stabilize our businesses and trade around the world as the world is watching us right now, wondering if it’s a stable environment to open up businesses and expand businesses. These occupiers, they’re doing the total opposite what they say they’re there to do. They’re hurting hundreds of thousands of families, millions of jobs across the province.”
Trudeau has not actually met with the truckers. Instead, he’s been in hiding and declaring them racists, bigots, and terrorists. That’s interesting since all of the videos that have been coming out of Ottawa have been peaceful. There is music about freedom. Bouncy houses are set up for children and there are reports that the truckers are feeding the homeless in the area.
But their prime minister has declared them violent terrorists.
We continue to stand with truckers and protesting the mandates worldwide.