The Illiberal Emergency Act
by Collin Wynter
The New Democrat Party (NDP) fully voted in favour of the Emergency Act that was put forth by the Trudeau Liberals. They have essentially propped up the Trudeau regime to have unprecedented authority throughout Canada to increase police activity, freeze financial accounts, investigate private communications, and other actions yet to be seen.
The Trudeau Liberals, the NDP (led by Jagmeet Singh), Elizabeth May (former leader of the Green Party), and independent MP Kevin Vuong (disavowed liberal candidate from the 2021 election) voted in favour. While the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC), Bloc Québécois and Mike Morrice (Green Party) voted against. The final tally was 185 yeas, 151 nays. None abstained. It should be noted- with irony- that May has previously been arrested at an anti-pipeline protest.
Singh was grilled across the spectrum, from NDP supporters and critics alike, for his “reluctant” support of the measures. Candice Bergen, interim leader of the CPC, suggested that “history will not be kind” to the those in the NDP who supported the motion. “Shame” was heard called out in the House of Commons after Singh voted in favour.
Kuljeet Singh of the Toronto Sikh Community Speaks in Ottawa, was scathing in his comments:
“Jagmeet Singh doesn’t represent the Sikhs and he never did, he tugged on our heart strings, and we are here till the end.”
Two Liberal MPs expressed concerns over the motion being made into a vote of confidence (wherein, if the vote failed, it would trigger an election), as part of the reason behind their support. This is after MP Joel Lightbound broke ranks with the Trudeau Liberals’ position to vote with the CPC’s motion to have the the Liberals propose a plan for an end to the federal vaccine mandates, last week. That motion was defeated (181-151) on the same day Trudeau announced the invocation of the Emergency Act, February 14.
This is the first time the Emergency Act has been invoked. Its predecessor, the War Measures Act, was only initiated three times. The first two were for World War 1 and World War 2. The third time it was initiated, in peacetime, by Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the current Prime Minister’s father, was for the October Crisis. That was when the Front de Libération du Québec (FLQ) kidnapped politicians, putting the nation into a state of emergency. In contradiction to what much of subsidized media has published, the Ottawa protest that existed for three weeks, was largely peaceful. Violence appeared when the police began to clear protestors and make arrests.
The Trudeau Liberals have cited the “public order emergency” clause as justification for use of the Act. Critics claim that the Ottawa protest did not require the Act to have the situation ameliorated.
In an open letter, published on February 21 in the Toronto Sun, the day the vote for the Act was taking place in parliament, lawyers detailed the flaws. Here are some of the points that were made:
The Ottawa protest, which was nearly cleared in full as of Sunday, hardly constituted a national crisis. The border blockades were cleared under the Ontario emergency act, thereby nullifying the need for federal intervention. The Trudeau Liberals are enacting policies never seen before, such as the interference into financial accounts. They finish by highlighting the call for a public inquiry, which is stipulated in the act:
“We note that the Emergencies Act provides for a mandatory public inquiry into its use. We encourage you to ensure that this public inquiry is robust, has representation from across all parties, and includes the participation of independent, non-partisan experts, including lawyers.”
“[We] do not believe that the invocation of that Act or the orders passed under it withstand legal and constitutional scrutiny.”
The CCLA has filed for a judicial review of the Act, in an attempt to halt its progression. In the filing, they cite points in the Act that contradict the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, alleging that there is:
“inconsistency [that] cannot be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.”
At no point did anyone from Trudeau’s cabinet meet with the protestors or attempt to negotiate. Instead, Chrystia Freeland, the deputy prime minister and finance minster did warn the Act will have “consequences [that] are real and they will bite.” Some of these consequences are being made evident. Ottawa claims 76 bank accounts have been frozen. A restauranteur who served coffee to the protestors was harassed by the police. Persons who donated to GiveSendGo were doxxed. Another restauranteur had to close her doors for fear of death threats from donating to the truckers. A woman was harmed by police horses at the protest. Mayor Jim Watson suggested that trucks should be confiscated and sold to cover the costs of the city to manage the incident.
What other consequences might arise form the actions of the Trudeau Liberals with the support of the NDP? Only time will tell. The way to succeed is if we, as Canadians, and with the support form those around the world, remain: True North Strong and Free.