Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s actions during the 2022 trucker protests revealed a notable absence of legal justifications.
Nevertheless, his astute manipulation of power remains evident, as a potential shift in the definition of “emergency” to accommodate his political agenda is being orchestrated, marking a pivotal and concerning development in his leadership.
In a recent development reported by the National Post, the Canadian federal government is currently contemplating revisions to the Emergencies Act with a particular focus on refining the definition of a public order emergency.
Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc has reportedly presented his comprehensive update to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding the government’s response to the Emergencies Act report.
This deliberation comes six months after the Public Order Emergency Commission issued a series of substantial recommendations aimed at enhancing the legislative framework of the Emergencies Act.
This decision assumes heightened significance in light of the contentious utilization of the Act during the Freedom Convoy protests.
Titled the “progress report,” for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, LeBlanc shed light on the government’s efforts to address the 56 recommendations outlined in Justice Paul Rouleau’s report.
Modernization of the Definition
Notably, one of these recommendations underscores the necessity for modernizing the definition of a public order emergency to encompass scenarios that genuinely endanger public order.
Furthermore, the report advocates for the removal of the reference to the CSIS Act, which currently characterizes only threats as espionage, foreign-influenced, or directed towards the overthrow of Canada’s government.
Additionally, he announced that Public Safety Canada, in conjunction with the RCMP, is in the process of evaluating the federal force’s contract policing program. This assessment comes in anticipation of the conclusion of existing contracts in 2032, offering a valuable occasion to gather input and insights from stakeholders.
LeBlanc has also revealed that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is actively exploring methods to enhance policing during public order events, leveraging current collaborative efforts among various law enforcement agencies.
The recent developments in Canada’s administrative policies, particularly concerning potential changes to the Emergency Act, signal an imminent shift in the nation’s approach to handling protests, with a focus on other domestic skirmishes as potential grounds for intervention.
The 2022 Horrors
These considerations align with themes that frequently emerged in Canadian media coverage during the tumultuous trucker protests of 2022. When the truckers besieged Ottawa, it compelled Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to evacuate his official residence.
As a result of mounting pressure to amend the vaccination policy, Trudeau invoked the Emergency Act to disperse the protestors and initiate legal investigations into their activities.
Over a hundred arrests were made, and numerous protesters had their bank accounts frozen in support of Prime Minister Trudeau’s actions during the trucker protests.
CBC also became entangled in the controversy when it initially published reports suggesting foreign influence played a role in the protests.
Modernisation is Eyewash
However, no substantiated evidence emerged, leading CBC to issue an apology. Subsequently, Trudeau faced scrutiny in a public inquiry, as some authorities questioned the necessity of invoking an emergency.
While the inquiry may have favored Prime Minister Trudeau, with no significant penalties imposed, it remains apparent that Trudeau’s actions during the protests lacked a clear legal basis, namely, a necessity for his actions.
The prevailing expectation was that Trudeau intended to amend the laws to accommodate his interests.
As anticipated by many, the evolving definition of emergency might include new clauses, raising concerns of potential exploitation for political motives.
In the name of changing the definition, there lies a carefully orchestrated plan aimed at deceiving the Canadian populace. The proposed changes, rather than fostering genuine progress, may instead provide a smokescreen for consolidating power and curtailing civil liberties.
Such a move would potentially grant Trudeau not only legal immunity but also provide a mechanism for him to employ emergency measures at will, essentially giving him unchecked authority to quell dissent whenever he deems fit. The modernization of the definition is just an eyewash.