OTTAWA, Ontario (LifeSiteNews) – The now-retired politician who wrote Canada’s Emergencies Act (EA) has questioned its use by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to quell the trucker Freedom Convoy, warning it might now be used in a more cavalier way.
“Emergencies legislation is designed to be legislation of last resort,” said Perrin Beatty as reported by Blacklock’s Reporter. Beatty served as a cabinet minister throughout the 1980s under Progressive Conservative Party Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
Beatty made the comments as part of testimony he gave at a recent joint parliamentary hearing regarding Trudeau’s use of the EA on February 14 to shut down the Freedom Convoy.
He noted that the EA is “explicit on that [being used as a last resort]” and that it is “designed to be used when there is no other legal authority available.”
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This is an excellent show of support for the international cause of freedom from intrusive medical mandates, but Canada's truckers still find themselves a foremost target of their government, at both the federal and, now, local levels.
In fact, Mayor Jim Watson has even instituted an entirely unnecessary and politically-motivated "state of emergency" in Ottawa simply due to the truckers' presence there.
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Canadian truckers are fighting back against Justin Trudeau's Covid overreach and medical tyranny, and are giving people across the country -- and the world -- a new voice for freedom!
These truckers, like millions of other Canadians, have been subjected to unprecedented medical coercion, manipulation, and intimidation on behalf of Trudeau's liberal government, and, with their livelihoods on the line, they have risen to meet the moment by bringing their cause directly to Ottawa in the form of a massive Freedom Convoy!
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Like millions of Canadian workers across the country, truckers are being required by Justin Trudeau's Liberal government to get the experimental Covid-19 vaccine, or face a 14-day quarantine period if and when they cross the border into the United States to make their deliveries.
These truckers were categorized as "essential workers" (which they most certainly are) during the worst days of the Covid crisis, when lockdowns were the universal norm and millions of people were forced out of their jobs and offices. Even so, they remained on the job through it all, ensuring that essentials were available to people in every corner of the country, even when some businesses were shut down and strict rules were in place that made something as simple as grocery shopping a challenge for millions.
In fact, Prime Minister Trudeau went out of his way to compliment these men and women back in March of 2020, tweeting the following:
While many of us are working from home, there are others who aren’t able to do that - like the truck drivers who are working day and night to make sure our shelves are stocked. So when you can, please #ThankATrucker for everything they’re doing and help them however you can.
In fact, But just yesterday, Trudeau went on the record at a press conference labeling these truckers everything from "racists" to "Nazis" in a simply stunning reversal from his earlier comments.
So why the sudden change in attitude from the Prime Minister?
Because, as it turns out, these truckers are refusing to sit idly by while their rights -- and the rights of millions of working Canadians -- remain under attack like never before, and they are standing up to Trudeau and challenging his government's radical medical tyranny head-on.
With their livelihoods on the line, these truckers decided it was time to take action.
This past weekend, the #FreedomConvoy led a 50-mile-long caravan of what's estimated to be thousands of truckers from across Canada to Parliament Hill in Ottawa, where they staged a monumental demonstration to protest Trudeau's vaccination mandate.
In addition, truckers from across the United States (who are similarly fighting to preserve their own medical freedoms against a power-hungry federal government) also joined the Freedom Convoy to stand in solidarity with their neighbors to the north.
This massive, now-international movement to restore the individual rights of these truckers and all working people after nearly two years' worth of lockdowns, mandates, and vast government overreach and infringement is taking Ottawa -- and all of Canada -- by storm.
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The grassroots are clearly on their side (and the side of freedom), but even so, Trudeau remains unmoved...
He has dismissed the truckers and their supporters as a "small fringe," and has even accused the organizers of the Freedom Convoy and its participants of holding "unacceptable views."
But Justin Trudeau is wrong: These hardworking men and women are not racists or Nazis, and they are certainly not a fringe group -- they are patriotic, freedom-loving Canadians who refuse to stand down when being faced with egregious medical tyranny on the federal government's part, and who are using their constitutional right(s) to freedom of speech and expression to be a unified voice for millions of others faced with similar medical mandates.
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Beatty noted that the reality of the use of the EA was that it was used “to deal with a breakdown in our political system.”
“We can criticize how they did their job, but it should have never been necessary for them to fill the breach in the first place,” noted Beatty.
“Now that it has been used it becomes easier to invoke,” he added.
“You must not define down the threshold at which extraordinary powers are used to curtail civil liberties.”
Beatty went on to note that the EA’s use to make law enforcement easier is “clear,” but the issue is “whether the deliberately high threshold was met, not whether the powers given were useful.”
Beatty said the issue is not whether “it helped the police but whether the powers they already had could have resolved the problem.”
“The concern is necessity, not efficiency,” he added.
It was only after Trudeau enacted the EA on February 14 that issues arose once police started to clear the protesters out.
Indeed, on February 18 an elderly woman was nearly killed after being trampled by police horses that charged through a crowd of protesters.
Trudeau ended the EA on February 23; however, its use is now under investigation, as is required by law.
Many claims regarding the Freedom Convoy by the mainstream media and the Trudeau Liberals have proven to be false.
Reports that protesters had started a fire were proven to be false, and just recently, a top official with Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said there is no evidence of any links to terrorist activity in the funding of the Freedom Convoy.
Trudeau had used the claims of terrorism as one reason to enact the EA.
Trudeau’s use of the EA gave the federal government unparalleled powers, such as the ability to freeze bank accounts, even without a court order. Many accounts were frozen; however, they were done so under the orders of police, who then contacted banks.