Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has just invoked the Emergencies Act in response to the Freedom Convoy currently demonstrating in Ottawa and other cities across the country.
The invocation of the Emergencies Act is an unprecedented use of political power by the Trudeau government and showcases Trudeau’s complete failure in handling the Freedom Convoy. Trudeau is utilizing emergency powers, which should only be invoked during acts of terrorism, war, or espionage, to crush the Canadian people.
The 1988 Emergency Act allows the Canadian federal government to override the provincial governments and authorize special temporary measures to ensure security during national emergencies.
Threats to the security of Canada under the Emergencies Act is defined by the Canadian Securities Intelligence Service Act which defines threats to security as the following: “(a) espionage or sabotage that is against Canada or is detrimental to the interests of Canada or activities directed toward or in support of such espionage or sabotage, (b) foreign-influenced activities within or relating to Canada that are detrimental to the interests of Canada and are clandestine or deceptive or involve a threat to any person, (c) activities within or relating to Canada directed toward or in support of the threat or use of acts of serious violence against persons or property for the purpose of achieving a political, religious or ideological objective within Canada or a foreign state, and (d) activities directed toward undermining by covert unlawful acts, or directed toward or intended ultimately to lead to the destruction or overthrow by violence of, the constitutionally established system of government in Canada,”
The legislation then continues by stating that threats to Canadian security “does not include lawful advocacy, protest or dissent, unless carried on in conjunction with any of the activities referred to in paragraphs (a) to (d).”
According to Trudeau, the Emergencies Act will give police “more tools to restore order in places where public assemblies can constitute illegal and dangerous activities such as blockades and occupations as seen in Ottawa, Ambassador Bridge, and elsewhere. These tools include strengthening their ability to impose fines or imprisonment.”
Despite the overwhelmingly peaceful protests taking place in Ottawa, Trudeau has repeatedly called the truckers “dangerous” and his government has broadened “the scope of Canada’s anti-money laundering and terrorist financing rules so that they cover crowdfunding platforms and the payment service providers they use. These changes cover all forms of transactions including digital assets such as cryptocurrencies.”
Additionally, Trudeau plans to “compel” tow truck drivers who refuse to assist the police in towing the semi-trucks that are currently in Ottawa: “With these measures that we’ve put in place, there will be an ability to compel for just compensation tow truck owners and operators to actually do the jobs for which they have contracts with various orders of government to keep highways and roads clear. This is an example of a specific tool that is now available to local police.”
The Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland stated that “As of today, a bank or other financial service provider will be able to immediately freeze or suspend an account without a court order. In doing so they will be protected against civil liability for actions taken in good faith.”
The Minister of Finance continued by stating that “If your truck is being used in these illegal blockades, your corporate accounts will be frozen. 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.”
Justin Trudeau has used the Emergencies Act as a last-ditch effort to enact his will on the Canadian people who have peacefully protested for nearly three weeks. This unprecedented use of government power to crack down on working-class people constitutes tyranny and the Canadian people should stand up against such petty tyrants.