Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Trudeau Announces New Plans for Emergencies Act


Canadian Prime Minister has revoked the use of the .


Trudeau made the announcement at a 4:00 pm (EST) news conference while his senior ministers and members of the press looked on.

As The Financial Post reports:

Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act, which replaced the War Measures Act in 1988, for the first time last week, saying police needed extra help to end blockades that had been ongoing in downtown Ottawa for weeks and had spread to key Canada-U.S. border crossings.

Trudeau also used the Act to freeze bank accounts of ordinary citizens without a court order.

On Monday, Trudeau said the time-limited, extraordinary powers granted by the Emergencies Act were still needed because his government was worried about blockades returning.

The House of Commons passed a motion to approve the measures under the act Monday evening, with the NDP voting in favour alongside the minority Liberal government.

Canada's Conservative Party has remained highly critical of Trudeau's actions and his strict public orders.