Apr 25, 2022
By Christine Ross
A national inquiry has been launched into the federal government’s use of the Emergencies Act to bring an end to Freedom Convoy trucker protests and blockades. Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino was vague on details pointing out this is just the beginning of the process.
“Our intent is to ensure that the judge has access to the information he needs to fulfill his responsibilities under the parameters that have been set under the order in council and I would point out, the parameters are there to guide the judge, but there is discretion there including with regards to compelling witnesses, compelling documents including classified information,” said Mendicino.
Ontario Appeal Court Justice Paul Rouleau has been named commissioner of the inquiry and must provide a final report by February 20th.
The Liberals invoked the Act for the first time in history in February granting extraordinary temporary powers to police to clear people out and to banks to freeze the accounts of those involved.
The Prime Minister’s Office says the Commission will examine the evolution of the convoy, the impact of funding and disinformation, the economic impact, and police actions both before and after the declaration