ORWELLIAN: Canada’s Parliament Votes To Back Trudeau’s Emergency Act
The Canadian Parliament voted Monday night to approve Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s unprecedented decision to invoke the Emergencies Act in reaction to largely peaceful protesting by trucker’s convoys at the border by a vote of 185 for and 151 against.
Reporting by broadcaster CBC indicated that politicians of the Conservative Party strongly opposed the measure, booing and shouting “shame” when others stood up to vote in favor of the motion.
Prime Minister Trudeau defended his further strengthening of the Emergencies Act, despite current reports indicating that there are no longer ongoing ‘Freedom Convoy’ protests in the country.
“This state of emergency is not over. There continue to be real concerns about the coming days,” Trudeau said and added, “People [are] out there indicating that they are ready to blockade, to continue their illegal occupations to disrupt Canadians’ lives. We feel that this measure needs to remain in place.”
“Invoking the Emergencies Act has been necessary. Law enforcement agencies relied on it to set up secured areas in downtown Ottawa and at border crossings. It prevented foreign money from continuing to fund illegal blockades, and it’s making sure our borders remain open. It has been the responsible thing to do,” he said.
“The federal government has not met the threshold necessary to invoke the Emergencies Act. This law creates a high and clear standard for good reason: the Act allows government to bypass ordinary democratic processes. This standard has not been met,” they wrote in a statement last week.
“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.”
Canada’s government has remained heavy-handed in its brutal treatment of those who oppose it; Ottawa’s Police Chief promised last week that agents will hunt down any and all protestors involved in the convoy.
“If you are involved in this protest, we will actively look to identify you and follow up with financial sanctions and criminal charges,” the police chief said at a press conference. “Absolutely. This investigation will go on for months to come.”
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