We’ve been covering the struggle for individual rights being waged by the Freedom Convoy in Canada because, when you get right down to it, it’s a basic fight for us all, against that ever-broadening grab for power and restriction of basic liberties that is afoot not only there, but here and around the world as well.
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, took extraordinary powers by invoking Section 111 of the Emergencies Act on February 14. He said it was necessary because of Ottawa’s blockades and occupation by protestors. The Act — which came into being in 1988 — had never been invoked before. There was a good reason why that’s the case — because to invoke it would require an emergency the nature of which doesn’t exist and the invocation a suspension of civil liberties. But that didn’t stop Trudeau who declared the unmitigated right not only to stomp all over people’s rights, but to freeze their bank accounts if he so chose, or even conscript people to work for the government. Trudeau admitted that he forced truck drivers to do their jobs against their will in order to remove the protest.
We reported that yesterday’s invocation was so worrying, that the Canadian Civil Liberties Association spoke out against the Act and asked Parliament to reject it. They noted that the alleged excuse for the Act no longer even existed — the blockades (without the need for the Act), even the occupation in Ottawa were over.
“The government’s own proclamation of emergency was clear: they claimed that they needed to invoke the extraordinary Emergencies Act to deal with the blockades. They have now removed those blockades. The sweeping national emergency powers they enacted should be dismantled as well,” said Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Executive Director and General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
“Whether the Emergencies Act should have been invoked in the first place is a fundamentally important question that will continued to be discussed, both in the legislature and in the courts. Parliamentarians need to ask themselves whether or not the government was justified by issuing an emergency proclamation a week ago. The question is not whether the proclamation of emergency was justified a week ago, but whether it continues to be valid today. The clear answer, in our view, is no.”
They voted Monday night in favor of the Act being approved by the House of Commons.
A dark day in Canada as Parliament votes in favor of Trudeau’s use of the Emergencies Act regardless of legal rationale or duration.pic.twitter.com/oZ9NMMCZZI
— Michael P Senger (@MichaelPSenger) February 22, 2022
Monday’s motion for emergency powers confirmation passed 185 to151, with New Democrats supporting the government of the Minority Liberal Government.
Jagmeet, the leader of the New Democrat Party, said Monday earlier that his party supported the motion. However, it would withhold its support if the measure is no longer needed, and if the remaining convoy members cease lingering in Ottawa near the border crossings.
It was opposed by the Bloc Quebecois and Conservatives, while it was supported by the Green MPs.
It is due to expire in 30 days, unless it’s renewed. Here’s what Trudeau had to say about that.
“Hello, CBC! The truckers could return in two months or three months. Does that mean we have to hold it for an additional 2, 3, and month?”
Trudeau: “Indeed. We are already thinking about this. pic.twitter.com/j2KwQkGVdI
— Keean Bexte (@TheRealKeean) February 21, 2022
It passed because it ultimately became something of a confidence vote and they didn’t want to have to hold another election. Some people who voted for the Act said that they opposed its passage, but they were actually voting for it because of this reason. Joel Lightbound from Quebec, who used to chair the Liberal caucus and quit it over Trudeau’s division of Canada, voted in favor. He said he didn’t believe that the Act had met its threshold.
That’s ✌🏻 @JoelLightbound joins @beynateIn saying that he votes with the government only on the #EmergenciesActBecause it’s a vote of confidence. @JustinTrudeauHe does not have support from a majority MPs so uses the threat of an electoral election to his advantage. #cdnpoli
— Melissa Lantsman (@MelissaLantsman) February 21, 2022
Joel Lightbound (liberal MP) admits that the Legal threshold to the Emergencies Act is not satisfied. pic.twitter.com/l9qiwRtQXG
— Kevin Pacitti 15 🇨🇦🇮🇹🇬🇧 (@kpac_15) February 21, 2022
What a disappointment from the guy who had put so much on the line in order to critique Trudeau. Now he puts party before principle even though he acknowledges that the threshold wasn’t met.
The Senate still must pass it, and they will be reviewing it this week. However, looking at how it went in the House, my optimism is not high.