OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will soon testify at a hearing to explain why he and his government chose to use the Emergencies Act (EA) to shut down the Freedom Convoy in February.
CTV News was given information confirming Trudeau and several of his cabinet ministers will testify before Canada’s Public Order Emergency Commission, whose head is former Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Rouleau.
The commission can subpoena individuals to testify, but politicians are expected to appear voluntarily when asked. The hearings will take from October 13 to November 24.
In addition to Trudeau, it is expected that Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland will be called to testify as well as Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino and others.
According to CTV, Trudeau’s office said they had thought they would be asked to speak at the hearings and that he “welcomes” the opportunity to do so.
The full list of witnesses has not yet been made public, but it is anticipated that there will be at least 60 people who will speak before the commission. Several people associated with the Freedom Convoy will likely be speaking at the hearing as well, as will members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Ottawa Police.
Lawyer Keith Wilson, who represented some of the Freedom Convoy leaders, said his clients have been told that they might be called to testify at the hearings.
Recently, Wilson said his phone and text records prove that Freedom Convoy leaders had reached a deal with authorities to move trucks out of downtown Ottawa before Trudeau enacted the EA.
In April, the Public Order Emergency Commission was formed by the government with the task to look into the “circumstances that led to the declaration of emergency that was in place from February 14 to February 23, and the measures taken for dealing with the emergency.”
The Commission will “examine and assess the basis for the Government’s decision to declare a public order emergency, the circumstances that led to the declaration, and the appropriateness and effectiveness of the measures selected by the Government to deal with the then-existing situation.”
It will then conduct a “policy review of the legislative and regulatory framework involved, including whether any amendments to the Emergencies Act may be necessary.”
A final report “must be tabled in the House of Commons and Senate of Canada by February 20, 2023.”
Canada’s draconian COVID measures were the catalyst for the Freedom Convoy, which took to the streets of Ottawa to demand an end to all mandates for three weeks in February.
Trudeau on February 14 enacted the EA to shut down the Freedom Convoy.
Freeland, who has ties to the globalist World Economic Forum (WEF), also used the EA to shut down the Freedom Convoy’s GoFundMe page, in addition to expanding the government’s monitoring of “all forms of transactions, including digital assets such as cryptocurrencies.”
In February, Freeland denied that any personal information from Freedom Convoy supporters was made freely available to financial institutions via the RCMP.
On October 1, all of Canada’s remaining COVID travel mandates were suspended.
A full list of witnesses to appear at the hearings will be released by the commission next week.