Trudeau has a power trip temper tantrum and calls a fake state of emergency to invoke the Emergencies Act.
‘The blockades are harming our economy and endangering public safety,’ Trudeau told a news conference. ‘We cannot and will not allow illegal and dangerous activities to continue.’
The Emergencies Act was invoked by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to give law enforcement the authority to deal with the Freedom Convoy demonstrators in Ottawa and at several border crossings around the country.
The Emergencies Act was passed in 1988 after former prime minister Brian Mulroney repealed its precursor, the War Measures Act.
Mulroney had officially apologized to Japanese Canadians for abuse suffered at the hands of the federal government during the Second World War. The government at the time had used the War Measures Act to force them into internment camps.
The Emergencies Act introduced by Mulroney differed on several grounds from the War Measures Act. It outlined more limited and specific powers to handle emergencies.
All cabinet orders are subject to Parliamentary approval, meaning that the federal government cannot act alone.
There are several types of emergencies that can be declared.
A “national emergency” is “an urgent and critical situation” that “seriously endangers the lives, health or safety of Canadians” and the provinces are unable to resolve it. It is also a situation which “seriously threatens the ability of the Government of Canada to preserve the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of Canada.”
A “public welfare emergency” applies to natural disasters, disease or accidents. In addition, “a public order emergency arises from threats to the security of Canada and that is so serious as to be a national emergency.”
Other types of emergencies under the Act include international emergencies and war emergencies.
The government would be able to ban public meetings in certain areas, requisition public services, and impose fines and jail time for anyone who disobey public directives under the Act.
The federal administration has seven days after declaring an emergency to submit Parliament with a “motion for confirmation of a declaration of emergency,” along with an explanation of why the proclamation was made. These justifications must be documented and presented to the House of Commons and Senate.
Trudeau threatened to use the Emergencies Act at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic but reportedly backed off after vehement opposition from some premiers.