By Jackson Kincaid
A public inquiry is currently underway into the use of the Emergency Act by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau is being accused of abusing the Emergency Act and going to extremes against the so-called “Freedom Convoy.” However, during the proceedings, it was released that Trudeau received pressure from the Biden administration to shut down the protest to keep them from spilling over the border into America.
The “Freedom Convoy” started as a protest against a vaccine requirement for cross-border truckers, but grew into a mass demonstration against the Canadian government over other COVID regulations.
According to the inquiry, which was established to determine if the drastic measures were justified, the decision to implement the Emergencies Act came just three days after Trudeau spoke over the phone with President Biden. Biden reportedly expressed his concerns over the potential for the trucker protests to spread to the United States, highlighting possible disruptions of the Super Bowl and chaos in the streets of Washington D.C., POLITICO reports.
On February 14th, Trudeau took the unprecedented action of using emergency powers to clear the truck blockades in downtown Ottawa, using extreme measures such as freezing the bank accounts of protesters and ordering the forceful removal of trucks from the streets. Invoking the Canadian Emergency Act requires “an emergency that arises from threats to the security of Canada that are so serious as to be a national emergency.”
During the final week of the hearing, text messages between Justice Minister David Lametti and Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino revealed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed deploying the Canadian army, but the politicians involved insist the messages requesting armor on the streets were just an attempt at humor.
“Protest should not be used to demand changes to public policy… something that I think is worrisome.” – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau