by Emily Mangiaracina at LifeSite News
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) on Monday condemned Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s invoking of the Emergencies Act (EA) as both unfounded and dangerous.
“The federal government has not met the threshold necessary to invoke the Emergencies Act. This law creates a high and clear standard for good reason: the Act allows government to bypass ordinary democratic processes. This standard has not been met,” wrote the CCLA in a tweet.
According to the CCLA, “The Emergencies Act can only be invoked when a situation ‘seriously threatens the ability of the Government of Canada to preserve the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of Canada’ & when the situation ‘cannot be effectively dealt with under any other law of Canada.’”
The CCLA highlighted the danger the Emergencies Act could pose to civil liberties: “Governments regularly deal with difficult situations, and do so using powers granted to them by democratically elected representatives. Emergency legislation should not be normalized. It threatens our democracy and our civil liberties.”
Yesterday, the Trudeau government invoked the Emergencies Act (EA) for the first time in Canadian history, with the stated intention of dealing with the Freedom Convoy border crossing blockades.
“The blockades are harming our economy and endangering public safety,” Trudeau told a news conference. “We cannot and will not allow illegal and dangerous activities to continue.”
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