Everything You Need to Know About Trudeau’s Decision to Invoke the ‘Emergencies Act’

ER Editor: UPDATE from ZerohedgeCanadian Civil Liberties Association Condemns Trudeau For Invoking National Emergency Over Truckers. Of note:

Update (1935ET): The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has condemned PM Justin Trudeau for invoking the Emergencies Act, claiming in a Monday tweet that the Canadian federal government “has not met the threshold necessary” to do so.

The Emergencies Act can only be invoked when a situation “seriously threatens the ability of the Government of Canada to preserve the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of Canada” & when the situation “cannot be effectively dealt with under any other law of Canada,” the twitter thread continues.


Yesterday, Feb. 14 at 4:30pm EST, Trudeau implemented the Emergencies Act. We also recommend checking out this piece by Brian Shilhavy at Health Impact News titled Desperate Trudeau Invokes Emergency Powers Act Effectively Declaring Martial Law Against Trucker Protests. Of note:

This is an unprecedented move, as the Emergency Act has never been previously invoked since its passage in the 1980s.

It is a temporary measure that gives the government broad powers to suspend civil rights, similar to Martial Law, including the power to restrict travel, enter and seize private property, arrest people, among others.

Here are the Orders and Regulations directly from the Act:

Orders and regulations

  •  (1) While a declaration of a public welfare emergency is in effect, the Governor in Council may make such orders or regulations with respect to the following matters as the Governor in Council believes, on reasonable grounds, are necessary for dealing with the emergency:

    • (a) the regulation or prohibition of travel to, from or within any specified area, where necessary for the protection of the health or safety of individuals;

    • (b) the evacuation of persons and the removal of personal property from any specified area and the making of arrangements for the adequate care and protection of the persons and property;

    • (c) the requisition, use or disposition of property;

    • (d) the authorization of or direction to any person, or any person of a class of persons, to render essential services of a type that that person, or a person of that class, is competent to provide and the provision of reasonable compensation in respect of services so rendered;

    • (e) the regulation of the distribution and availability of essential goods, services and resources;

    • (f) the authorization and making of emergency payments;

    • (g) the establishment of emergency shelters and hospitals;

    • (h) the assessment of damage to any works or undertakings and the repair, replacement or restoration thereof;

    • (i) the assessment of damage to the environment and the elimination or alleviation of the damage; and

    • (j) the imposition

      • (i) on summary conviction, of a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars or imprisonment not exceeding six months or both that fine and imprisonment, or

      • (ii) on indictment, of a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars or imprisonment not exceeding five years or both that fine and imprisonment,

      for contravention of any order or regulation made under this section.


Even before this announcement today, there have been reports of people being visited in their homes from police who have been monitoring people’s speech on Facebook in regards to the protests.

As Kennedy Hall of LifeSite News below mentions, what do you do against PEACEFUL protestors who are exercising their Charter rights? Going after their funding – yet again – seems to be the first preferred option.

This from RT:

The Canadian government has moved to extend its financial regulations to crowdfunding platforms and cryptocurrencies, under the Emergencies Act invoked Monday to crack down on “Freedom Convoy” trucker protests against Covid-19 mandates.

Under the emergency, which is due to last 30 days unless extended, all crowdfunding and crypto platforms must register with Canada’s financial intelligence agency FinTrac and report “large or suspicious” transactions, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Monday. This is an expansion of Canada’s existing money-laundering and terrorist financing rules, and the government will propose a law that would make these powers permanent, she added.

“We know that these platforms are being used to support illegal blockades and illegal activity which is damaging the Canadian economy,” said Freeland.

Canadian banks have also been instructed to freeze assets or “review their relationship” with anyone they suspect of being involved in such protests, without a court order. Companies whose trucks are being used in the “illegal” protests will have their accounts frozen and their insurance suspended, said Freeland.


Everything you need to know about Trudeau’s decision to invoke the ‘Emergencies Act’


The Canadian prime minister is seeking to justify using federal powers to squash a freedom movement that is engaging in civil disobedience peacefully.

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Some have suggested that Canada is about to descend into martial law, or some sort of Soviet police state. The reality is much more complicated than that.

What is it? 

The EA replaced the older War Measures Act in 1988, and it is more limited in scope. Under the War Measures Act, as you can imagine, war-time activity was permitted. However, because the EA is broader in its scope – applying to “national threats” outside of war and violent conflict – it is also more specific and limited in what powers the government can use.

In addition, the EA requires parliamentary oversight, and all measures must be in compliance with the rights of Canadians laid out in the Charter.

Not like his father

Comparisons of Trudeau’s intent to apply the federal power with the action of his father, former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, who used the older War Measures Act in 1970. However, the comparison is lacking because Pierre Trudeau was responding to a domestic militaristic threat posed by a Quebecois nationalist group that was kidnapping and killing politicians.

In this case, Justin Trudeau is not invoking war powers, but rather seeking to justify using federal powers to squash a freedom movement that is engaging in civil disobedience peacefully.

Thus, in this situation he cannot appeal to war-time justifications that are not found in the EA as it stands.

If we were to speculate, it is likely that Trudeau will appeal to the section of the EA that deals with a Declaration of Public Order Emergency.

He can’t act alone

The Prime Minister does not have to consult the premiers of the provinces for permission to use the EA, but it does have to go through a parliamentary process at the federal level.

Currently, multiple provinces do not support Trudeau in his quest to commandeer the nation.

However, the failed conservative premier of Ontario seems to be pretty keen on have the federal government turn on freedom-loving Canadians.

If a cabinet declares an emergency, approval is required from parliament within seven days, and both the House of Commons and the Senate are required to approve the motion.

As of yet, it is not clear what will happen in the House or the Senate if it comes to that.

Opposition is growing against Trudeau in his own party, which means it is not certain that he can rely on his own people, let alone opposition, to support him.

What can he do? 

In the EA, there are stipulations that clarify the types of things a government could do under the circumstances, but they are general and not specific. For example, section 19 says that public assembly could be restricted, travel rights could be restricted, and even the use of certain property could be restricted.

How the government could use the EA to stop a peaceful protest – which is a Charter right – is not clear.

What is clear is that he has to prove that the Freedom Convoy constitutes a national emergency that requires national effort. Even if an emergency situation is declared, the response has to be commensurate to the activity.

For example, if we were dealing with an armed insurrection, then an armed response would be warranted. However, we are dealing with a peaceful protest, therefore only non-aggressive measures are permitted.

What exactly those could be, no one knows.

Don’t jump the gun about the military

Some are saying that Trudeau is about to bring in the military. Even if he wanted to, it is not that simple.

The military has a chain of command and operating procedures. Their resources are stretched thin as it is. Launching some indiscriminate military action against families and children who are having what looks like a large social event in front of the parliament is not something the Canadian military will sign off on.

It could be that the military might come in with certain machines or resources to take away trucks, or just to have a show of force to squeeze people gradually out of the protest zone. But again, this is all speculation.

To conclude, we do not know what Trudeau will do, and we do not know who will support him and to what extent.

This might simply be a political move – of course it is political, but you know what I mean – as a vote is set to take place in parliament to end all federal mandates and restrictions.

We could be seeing the last flash in the pan of Trudeau’s fetish for dictatorial power, or we could be in for a complicated and messy legal battle over the coming weeks. Only time will tell.


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