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CALGARY, Alberta (LifeSiteNews) – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney blasted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for allowing the seizure of people’s bank accounts, which is now happening due to the activation of the Emergencies Act.
“Using, for the first time ever, these extraordinary powers creates a very disturbing precedent,” said Kenney in a Twitter video yesterday.
“For the prime minister now and his government to be able to arbitrarily freeze people’s bank accounts, possibly based on the opinions that they have stated or donations that they have made, and without having to go to a judge, to court to get an order, this is outside of our democratic norms, and it’s disproportionate.”
Kenney was one the first premiers in Canada to denounce Trudeau’s unprecedented step of enacting the Emergencies Act, which happened Monday. Trudeau claimed this was needed to deal with the truckers from the Freedom Convoy.
Trudeau’s new powers allow the government to freeze anyone’s bank accounts associated with the convoy without a court order. And the government has already begun to freeze accounts.
Seven Canadian provinces, including Alberta, now oppose an Emergencies Act declaration made Monday by Trudeau.
Kenney said that he urges “folks involved in the blockade in Ottawa to move on and to continue their protests in legal ways,” but that he agrees with “lot of those points” truckers have made, such as “opposing the federal trucker vaccine mandate.”
Kenney added that while the “law must be enforced,” that does not need to be done with blunt force.
“We can do that in Canada without resorting to these kinds of extreme measures,” noted Kenney.
Kenney also urged Trudeau to “turn down the temperature. Stop calling people you disagree with effectively Nazis. All that does is to further and irresponsibly inflame an already sensitive situation.”
On Wednesday, in the House of Commons, Trudeau accused Jewish Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) MP Melissa Lantsman of standing with people who wave “swastikas” and “Confederate flags” after she blasted him for calling the freedom truckers “racists.” However, he refused to apologize.
PETITION UPDATE (2/24/22)
VICTORY - Trudeau revokes Emergencies Act
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday that his government will revoke the Emergencies Act (EA) despite it being approved by the House of Commons on Monday.
Trudeau had said at the beginning of the week that the EA was still needed because his government was worried about further freedom-oriented activity from Canadian truckers and patriots.
The drastic change in governance comes as the Canadian Senate has spent the last two days debating whether to approve the EA when a national emergency is not present.
Conservative Senator Leo Housakos has led the charge in the Senate, and he gave an impassioned speech today against using the EA under the circumstances.
“This country is deeply divided like I’ve never seen,” Housakos said. “It’s moments like this when the executive branch of government and every prime minister has an obligation to put the nations interests above the interests of himself, his party, and partisan politics.”
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The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, is using police-state tactics to attempt to suppress the civil rights of the Truckers' Freedom Convoy protesters, those brave men and women who have called for an end to the mandates and a return to freedom.
This past Tuesday, Trudeau took the outrageous step of invoking the Emergencies Act (EA) in his ongoing battle against the truckers (and freedom, in general), and has officially moved to FREEZE the bank accounts of participating protesters.
And, in the latest dramatic development, police - some in riot gear, others on horseback - have started to move in, to attempt to disperse what has been a peaceful, democratic protest.
This kind of authoritarian police-state action cannot go uncondemned.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which asks world leaders to CONDEMN these strong-arm tactics and urge Trudeau and his government to use restraint and allow the peaceful protests to continue.*
The EA, which replaced the War Measures Act in 1988, permits the federal government to take "special temporary measures to ensure safety and security during national emergencies," which the law defines as "an urgent and critical situation of a temporary nature" that either "seriously endangers the lives, health or safety of Canadians and is of such proportions or nature as to exceed the capacity or authority of a province to deal with it" or "seriously threatens the ability of the Government of Canada to preserve the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of Canada."
But, of course, the truckers' nationwide protests have not in any sense risen to such a level that anyone's life or safety have been endangered!
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which asks world leaders to CONDEMN these strong-arm tactics and urge Trudeau and his government to use restraint and allow the peaceful protests to continue.
Trudeau's politically-motivated use of the EA, therefore, seems nothing more than an effort to violate the rights of protesters, and, for all intents and purposes, impose "martial law" as a means to quash the civil liberties of people he sees as political opposition, but who are, in reality, just normal, freedom-loving Canadians who want their freedoms back.
Indeed, Trudeau is now using tyrannical, authoritarian-style tactics to silence dissenters, and mercilessly attack the Charter rights of Canadians who are using their freedom of expression to protest his unjust war against citizens' medical autonomy.
Thank you for SIGNING and SHARING this petition which asks world leaders to CONDEMN these strong-arm tactics and urge Trudeau and his government to use restraint and allow the peaceful protests to continue.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Trudeau uses Emergencies Act to freeze private bank accounts in latest attack on Freedom Convoy': https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/trudeau-uses-emergencies-act-to-freeze-private-bank-accounts-in-latest-attack-on-freedom-convoy/
'Separating fact from fiction: Here’s what Trudeau can and cannot do under the Emergencies Act': https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/separating-fact-from-fiction-heres-what-trudeau-can-and-cannot-do-under-the-emergencies-act/
'Everything you need to know about Trudeau’s decision to invoke the ‘Emergencies Act’': https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/everything-you-need-to-know-about-trudeaus-decision-to-invoke-the-emergencies-act/
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Despite the new threats from Trudeau, organizers for the Freedom Convoy, however, said Tuesday they would “hold the line.”
Last night, two of the main convoy organizers, Tamara Lich and Chris Barber, were arrested by Ottawa Police.
In a separate Tweet today, Kenney also blasted the hypocrisy of the Trudeau government in not saying nor doing anything regarding a violent attack on a gas pipeline yesterday by environmental extremists.
“Will the Trudeau government now seize the bank accounts of the foreign funded eco-terrorists responsible for this violence?” tweeted Kenney.
Police in Houston, Bristish Columbia say they are investigating a violent attack by people armed with axes and other weapons against security workers at a Coastal GasLink site.
No less than six provinces, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador, have already or will be soon dropping most COVID rules, with more saying they will do so as well.
Two Canadian premiers and 16 U.S. state governors, in a letter, recently demanded that Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden allow un-jabbed truckers to cross the border.
Today, debate in Canada’s parliament and Senate over the Emergencies Act was canceled due to Ottawa Police saying they were going to clear protesters out. A vote is expected for Monday.
If either chamber votes against it, the Act could cease to be in effect, which would mean a vote of non-confidence against the Trudeau government.
Currently, only CPC and the Bloc Québécois Party oppose Trudeau’s Emergencies Act declaration. The NDP have promised to support Trudeau’s Liberals.
Under the “conservative” government of Kenney, it must not be overlooked that three Christian pastors, including Artur Pawlowski, were jailed for going against COVID rules. Pawlowski is still behind bars after a judge denied him bail.
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