By COUNTER SIGNAL - February 13, 2022
Insiders speaking with the CBC — Canada's state-run media — say they expect PM Justin Trudeau to invoke the Emergencies Act later today, granting the despot unprecedented powers to deal with the ongoing Freedom Convoy in Ottawa and several border crossings.
Journalist Keean Bexte scrummed Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Minister of Emergencies Bill Blair at the Ottawa airport this morning. When asked about invoking the act, Blair responded, “we will have to wait and see how the day unfolds.”
The Emergencies Act will give Trudeau nearly unlimited authority to suspend human rights and quell disobedient protesters in the capital region and across the nation.
Rumours that the Emergencies Act may be invoked began circulating late Sunday after the PM's itinerary was updated to include chairing the Cabinet (i.e. speaking with Premiers) early Monday morning.
Previously known as the War Measures Act, the Emergencies Act grants the head of Canada unprecedented powers that should be reserved for a genuine crisis — whether civil war or a food crisis. Put simply, the Act exists as Canada's last resort to deal with an existential threat to the wellbeing of Canadians, not as a last resort to deal with a threat to an incumbent officials' power.
As Canada's state-run media puts it, "The law empowers Ottawa to do just about anything it thinks is necessary to cope with a crisis."
Specifically, the Act grants the Governor in Council, who's selected by the Governor-General (presumably the Prime Minister), the ability to personally direct the military and other forces on Canadian soil to enforce several otherwise unconstitutional, illegal measures.
According to Section 8 of the Emergencies Act, if invoked, Trudeau will be able to utilize any of the following regulations he deems fit to deal with freedom lovers:
(a) the regulation or prohibition of travel to, from or within any specified area, where necessary for the protection of the health or safety of individuals;
(b) the evacuation of persons and the removal of personal property from any specified area and the making of arrangements for the adequate care and protection of the persons and property;
(c) the requisition, use or disposition of property;
(d) the authorization of or direction to any person, or any person of a class of persons, to render essential services of a type that that person, or a person of that class, is competent to provide and the provision of reasonable compensation in respect of services so rendered;
(e) the regulation of the distribution and availability of essential goods, services and resources;
(f) the authorization and making of emergency payments;
(h) the assessment of damage to any works or undertakings and the repair, replacement or restoration thereof;
(i) the assessment of damage to the environment and the elimination or alleviation of the damage; and
(j) the imposition
(i) on summary conviction, of a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars or imprisonment not exceeding six months or both that fine and imprisonment, or
(ii) on indictment, of a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars or imprisonment not exceeding five years or both that fine and imprisonment, for contravention of any order or regulation made under this section.
In other words, the Emergencies Act will give Trudeau the authority to jail, evict, and confiscate the property of anyone he views as threatening his regime.
Unsurprisingly, the last time (in fact, the only time) a sitting Prime Minister utilized the War Measures Act during peacetime was under Justin's father, Pierre Trudeau, during the October Crisis after Quebec separatists kidnapped and killed a politician.
No one has been kidnapped by those participating in the Freedom Convoy. Indeed, there's no violence to speak of. But that isn't stopping Dictator-in-Chief Justin Trudeau.