In a recent development, Members of Parliament (MPs) from various political backgrounds have united to address the concerns arising from a federal court ruling that deemed the use of the Emergencies Act (EA) as a violation of Charter rights. This move comes in the wake of the court’s decision that the invocation of the EA to disband the 2022 Freedom Convoy was deemed “not justified.”
MPs Demand Accountability
On January 24, six MPs, spanning different party affiliations, jointly sought clarification from the Special Joint Committee on the Declaration of Emergency. The committee, responsible for reviewing the justifiability of Prime Minister Trudeau’s use of the EA, faced calls for an immediate response in light of the recent court ruling.
Conservatives Call for Urgent Committee Recall
THe Conservative party, in response to the court’s decision, is urging an immediate recall of the committee to scrutinize what they term as Trudeau’s “illegal and unconstitutional” implementation of the Emergencies Act. The question posed is whether the NDP and Bloc will stand up for rights and freedoms or align with Trudeau’s controversial actions.
Seeking Answers Post-Court Ruling
The MPs expressed the need for transparency in the decision-making process leading to the use of the Emergencies Act, especially considering the recent court ruling. The statement emphasized the urgency of the matter, invoking Standing Order 106( 4) to demand the immediate recall of the committee.
Canadian MPs call on Emergencies Act committee to respond to federal court ruling https://t.co/bJYawxZlFE
— Chris Wick News (@ChrisWickNews) January 27, 2024
Signatures in Solidarity
Published on social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter), the letter bears the signatures of notable MPs such as Larry Brock, Rob Moore, Tako van Popta, Frank Caputo, Randall Garrison, and Rhéal Éloi Fortin. This collective effort highlights the gravity of the situation and underscores the bipartisan concern regarding the EA’s application.
Court’s Stance on Emergencies Act
The Federal Court Justice Richard Mosley, in his ruling, declared that Trudeau’s decision to invoke the EA lacked reasonableness, justification, transparency, and intelligibility. The court emphasized that the Emergencies Act should only be a last resort after exhausting all other measures. It also pointed out alternative means, such as provisions in the Criminal Code, which could have been employed to address the protest.
EA’s Controversial Use in 2022
The Emergencies Act was enforced on February 14, 2022, to disband the Freedom Convoy protest in Ottawa. THe demonstration, which drew thousands opposing COVID mandates, involved measures liek freezing the bank accounts of protest supporters. Trudeau’s characterization of dissenting Canadians as a “small, fringe minority” with “unacceptable views” further fueled controversy.
Legal Challenges and Public Reaction
The EA faced legal challenges from various organizations, including the Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation, the CCF, the Canadian Frontline Nurses, private applicants, and the Alberta Government’s legal team. The recent court ruling, celebrated widely on social media, marked a significant victory for those opposing the EA’s implementation.
Political Responses and Calls for Change
Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre called for Trudeau’s dismissal, asserting that the Prime Minister had caused the crisis by dividing people and then violated Charter rights to suppress citizens. Conversely, Liberal politicians, with few exceptions, remained relatively silent on the ruling that criticized their actions.
Legal Battle Continues
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland annouced the Trudeau government’s intention to take the matter to the Federal Court of Appeals, where 10 of the 15 justices are appointed by Trudeau. This move sets the stage for a continued legal battle over the controversial use of the Emergencies Act.
In conclusion, the recent court ruling has ignited a bipartisan call for accountability, prompting MPs to demand swift action from the Emergencies Act committee. The fallout from the EA’s controversial use in 2022 continues to shape the political landscape, with legal battles and public discourse playing a pivotal role in the ongoing narrative.