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OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews)  — Conservative Party of Canada MP and leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre is demanding that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party be held accountable for not having just cause to crack down on the Freedom Convoy with emergency powers.

During a heated debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Poilievre said that “not once, not twice, but 13 times” did Canada’s Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino claim that “police told him to suspend people’s civil liberties with the Emergencies Act.”

“Not only did the cops say that’s not true, but yesterday, two of his fellow ministers, including the deputy prime minister, said it’s not true, and today, the prime minister refused to say that his public safety minister had acted honourably,” Poilievre noted.

Poilievre then asked, “Why is he (Mendicino) still in cabinet?”

Trudeau did not give a direct answer, and instead attacked the Freedom Convoy protesters for disrupting “people’s lives,” claiming the use of the Emergencies Act (EA) against them was warranted.

In near disbelief of Trudeau’s answer, Poilievre shot back by saying, “This is a prime minister who disrupted the lives of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people because of a personal medical decision.”

“Everything this government has been saying about our truckers has been false from the very beginning, starting with the claim that they would spread a virus even though they’re in a truck all alone all day long, and ending with the recent claim that the police had asked for the Emergencies Act,” Poilievre said.

Poilievre then noted that since the “government has admitted that the public safety minister stated falsehoods,” when will the “prime minister do the honourable thing and fire him?”

In recent days, Mendicino and other Liberal ministers have been before a special committee tasked with investigating Trudeau’s use of the EA.

Mendicino has claimed in testimony that law enforcement agencies asked for the EA to be used to quell the Freedom Convoy.

Even Trudeau’s deputy minister recently claimed he was “misunderstood” when he said that police had asked for use of the EA to shut down the Freedom Convoy.

These claims, however, do not hold up.

It was disclosed that the director-general of Public Safety Canada’s central operation centre did indeed tell Mendicino that the Freedom Convoy protests were peaceful.

Ottawa Police Service (OPS) interim chief Steve Bell recently acknowledged his department did not request that Trudeau invoke EA to take down the Freedom Convoy. Also, even former OPS chief Peter Sloly said he did not request the use of the EA.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Brenda Lucki also recently revealed to an inquiry that her force did not request help from Trudeau in the form of the EA.

In addition, many outrageous claims made by both the mainstream media and some in the Trudeau government regarding the Freedom Convoy have been proved to be untrue

Canada’s strict COVID measures were the catalyst for the Freedom Convoy, which took to the streets of Ottawa to demand an end to all COVID mandates for three weeks in February. As a result, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on February 14 enacted the Emergencies Act (EA) to shut down the Freedom Convoy.

Trudeau revoked the EA on February 23 after protesters had been cleared out.