It’s been six months since Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cracked down on one of the largest labor protests in recent history. In February, thousands of Canadian truck drivers joined what became known as the Freedom Convoy, driving to Ottawa and parking their rigs in the capital city in protest of Trudeau’s vaccine mandates. I was one of them. But rather than meet with truckers, Trudeau demonized us as extremists, and then invoked the never before used Emergencies Act, meant to be used during times of war or terrorism, granting the government extraordinary powers they do not normally have. He then used the Emergencies Act to freeze the bank accounts of protest organizers and those who donated to the truckers and had Convoy organizer Tamara Lich arrested.
— True North (@TrueNorthCentre) August 20, 2022
Six months later, it’s clearer than ever just how unjustifiable Trudeau’s actions really were. In a recent report, the CBC, Canada’s federal public broadcaster, found that at the time Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act, an agreement for truckers to leave the city’s residential streets had already been reached between the City of Ottawa and Lich and other organizers. The Emergencies Act meant that the agreement wasn’t given time to play out before the government took such a draconian move.—More…
Public Safety Minister @marcomendicino‘s office is now claiming he was misunderstood when he said police advised the Liberal government to use the Emergencies Act
Here’s a clip of him saying exactly that about a dozen times in the House of Commons
What’s there to misunderstand? pic.twitter.com/Taf71NEC8v
— Cosmin Dzsurdzsa (@cosminDZS) June 8, 2022