Trudeau Declares War on Freedom Convoy: Invokes Unprecedented ‘Emergencies Act’
Ottawa, ON — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking an unprecedented step to suspend civil liberties and crackdown on truckers and concerned citizens protesting across the country.
In a press conference on Monday, Prime Minister Trudeau announced he was — for the first time in the nation’s history — invoking the federal Emergencies Act.
The action, if ratified by the Senate and House of Commons, would give the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) increased authority in provincial and local law enforcement matters, and allow the Federal Government to seize extraordinary powers — in an effort to bring an end to ongoing protests of Canada’s draconian COVID-19 policies.
According to the Act — which was created in 1988 as a successor to the War Measures Act — a national emergency is defined as an “urgent and critical situation of a temporary nature” that:
• Seriously endangers the lives, health or safety of Canadians and is of such proportions or nature as to exceed the capacity or authority of a province to deal with it, or
• Seriously threatens the ability of the Government of Canada to preserve the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of Canada,
• And that cannot be effectively dealt with under any other law of Canada.
Among the new federal powers would be to criminalize protests at border crossings, airports or other infrastructure deemed critical or essential by the Canadian government.
It would also force towing companies to tow big rigs for market rate compensation even if they object to doing so.
Many towing companies up to now have been reticent to tow semi-trucks involved in the protests.
However, perhaps the most chilling new federal powers involve the financing of current and future demonstrations.
Specifically, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freelund explained the Emergencies Act will place new regulatory measures on crowdfunding sites hosting fundraisers for protests, as well as to require Canadian banking institutions to freeze or suspend personal and corporate accounts of those suspected of being involved in, or contributing to, ongoing protests.
The Deputy Prime Minister directed a message to truckers.
“If your truck is being used in these illegal blockades, your corporate accounts will be frozen,” she said. “The insurance on your vehicle will be suspended. Send your semi-trailers home. The Canadian economy needs them to be doing legitimate work not to be illegally making us all poorer.”
Prime Minister Trudeau stressed the new powers would be limited to 30 days — though it can be renewed.
WATCH the press conference below.
Multiple provincial premiers have already voiced their opposition to Trudeau’s action arguing it is unnecessary to bring the protests to an end.
Freedom Convoy President Tamara Lich also responded to the news today by emphatically stating, “We are not afraid. In fact, every time the government decides to further suspend our civil liberties, our resolve strengthens and the importance of our mission becomes clearer.”
As has been the case since Freedom Convoy organizers first announced the nationwide demonstration last month, Lich again reiterated protesters intend to “hold the line.”
“We will remain peaceful but planted on Parliament Hill until the mandates are decisively ended,” she said.
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