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Emergencies Act hearings come to an end – Will Teflon Trudeau be held accountable?

December 2022

OK, so the big take-away from the testimony of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his fellow ministers is that it doesn’t matter what the letter of the law is under the Emergencies Act, we are going to make up our own definition of what constitutes a national emergency. I’m hoping that Justice Paul Rouleau, the inquiry commissioner, will see through this blatant attempt by Trudeau and his minions to circumvent the law and rule that they were not justified in invoking the Emergencies Act, based on what the Act actually says, not what the Liberals wish it said

What Liberal supporters and Liberal Members of Parliament really need to ask themselves is would they still feel the federal government was justified in invoking the Emergencies Act, under the same justification that they are using, if it was a Conservative government?

Section 2, Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act, Section 2

Threats to the security of Canada means

  • (a) espionage or sabotage that is against Canada or is detrimental to the interests of Canada or activities directed toward or in support of such espionage or sabotage,
  • (b) foreign influenced activities within or relating to Canada that are detrimental to the interests of Canada and are clandestine or deceptive or involve a threat to any person,
  • (c) activities within or relating to Canada directed toward or in support of the threat or use of acts of serious violence against persons or property for the purpose of achieving a political, religious or ideological objective within Canada or a foreign state, and
  • (d) activities directed toward undermining by covert unlawful acts, or directed toward or intended ultimately to lead to the destruction or overthrow by violence of, the constitutionally established system of government in Canada,

Section 3 of the Emergencies Act:

National emergency

3 For the purposes of this Act, a national emergency is an urgent and critical situation of a temporary nature that

  • (a) 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
  • (b) seriously threatens the ability of the Government of Canada to preserve the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of Canada

and that cannot be effectively dealt with under any other law of Canada.

Sources: https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/prime-minister-justin-trudeau-emergencies-act-inquiry-testimony, https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/video-justin-trudeau-freedom-convoy-emergencies-act-inquiry, https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-23/section-2.html.

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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