May 23, 2022

Canadian leaders condemn Prime Minister Trudeau for invoking Emergencies Act over protesters

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association condemned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday for invoking the Emergencies Act to oppose the nation’s Freedom Convoy.

The Emergencies Act exists for “an urgent and critical situation of a temporary nature that (a) seriously endangers the lives, health and safety of Canadians and is of such proportions or nature as to exceed the capacity or authority of a province to deal with it and (b) seriously threatens the ability of Canada to preserve the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of Canada.”

“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,” the association tweeted.

“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 group added in a later post.

The move shows Trudeau doubling down in his opposition, though the majority of Canadians are in favor of the protesters.

Now three weeks into the protests, the new move will show how persistent the movement is for the nation’s freedom from mandates.

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