TRUDEAU DEFENDS INVOKING EMERGENCIES ACT AS COMMONS DEBATE BEGINS
Feb 17, 2022
By Bob Komsic
Saying it was ”for the good of all Canadians,” Justin Trudeau led off what at times has already been heated debate over the government’s decision to invoke the never-before-used Emergencies Act.
”The illegal blockades and occupations have to stop and the borders have to remain open,” the prime minister told the Commons.
”The blockades and occupations are illegal. They’re a threat to our economy and [our] relationship with trading partners. They’re a threat to supply chains and the availability of essential goods, like food and medicine. And they’re a threat to public safety.”
The emergency measures have been in effect since cabinet invoked them Monday.
MPs now get to debate them and potentially vote on changes that may limit their powers and scope.
Interim Tory Leader Candice Bergen repeated Conservatives will vote against it.
”We want to lower the temperature across the country; the prime minister clearly wants to raise it,” Bergen says.
She urged the NDP to also vote against the Act.
Leader Jagmeet Singh has said he would support it, but would withdraw that support if the NDP believes it constitutes an overreach of government authority.