Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau announces inquiry into Freedom Convoy protest ‘evolution’, emergency order

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday announced a new commission tasked with investigating his historic use of emergency powers to quell the Freedom Convoy protest months ago.

Trudeau on Monday announced the establishment of the Public Order Emergency Commission, an independent public inquiry following the invocation of the Emergency Law.

The Commission will examine the circumstances leading to the issuance of the declaration and the measures taken in response to the emergency, including what Trudeau categorized as “the development of the convoy, the impact of funding and disinformation, the economic impact and the efforts of the police. . and other respondents before and after the statement. ”

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Trucks parked in Ottawa on the 19th day of the Freedom Convoy protest

Trucks parked in Ottawa on the 19th day of the Freedom Convoy protest
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Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act for the first time in Canada’s history during the February Freedom Convoy protest in the capital Ottawa. In doing so, he gave the federal government temporary powers to curb truck drivers and others protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other pandemic-related restrictions, and freeze bank accounts for those suspected of supporting the convoy.

The emergency powers were lifted on 23 February.

Supporters and truckers front Parliament Hill during a protest in downtown Ottawa, Canada, on February 12, 2022. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, during a press conference from the National Capital Region of Canada on Monday, January 31, 2022.

Supporters and truckers front Parliament Hill during a protest in downtown Ottawa, Canada, on February 12, 2022. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, during a press conference from the National Capital Region of Canada on Monday, January 31, 2022.
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Trudeau appointed Judge Paul S. Rouleau Commissioner of the Public Order Emergency Commission. Rouleau is expected to submit a final report to the Canadian government on his findings and recommendations, which must be presented to the House of Commons and the Senate by February 20, 2023. Under Part I of the Federal Investigation Act, the commissioner has the power to call witnesses under oath. and require them to provide documents or other items that the commissioner deems necessary to carry out their work, according to Trudeau’s office.

The CBC reported that a special joint committee consisting of seven members of parliament and four senators had already begun reviewing the use of the emergency law in March, but has not yet published its findings.

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This comes after CTV News on Sunday reported that the Canadian federal government will cover the approximately $ 35 million price tags for police spending during the three-week Freedom Convoy.

The federal government will receive additional funding through its National Capital Extraordinary Policing Costs program to compensate for all costs incurred by the Ottawa Police Service during the protest. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police and several municipal police forces were deployed to clear trucks and other vehicles from downtown Ottawa near Parliament Hill.

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