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Federal Court Justice Richard Mosley has ruled that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s invocation and use of the Emergencies Act two years ago to shut down the Freedom Convoy protests “was not justified.” In fact, the court found that the invocation “violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, who infamously froze bank accounts of protesters at that time, announced that the Liberal government plans to appeal the Federal Court’s decision. But according to University of Ottawa associate professor of criminology Michael Kempa, “the Federal Court decision — unlike that of the Public Order Emergency Commission under Rouleau — is ‘legally binding’ and it makes the government ‘vulnerable.’”
Trudeau’s crony during the protests and following them, New Democrat Party leader Leader Jagmeet Singh, is now distancing himself from the prime minister. Singh, “who supported Trudeau’s invocation of the Emergencies Act, was asked Tuesday if he regrets backing the government. Singh said his party’s was always reluctant in its support.” Singh is now backpedaling in a vain effort to regain his own autonomy (and face) after shamelessly binding himself to Trudeau in a pact that ensured that Canada would be stuck with Trudeau until 2025.
Canada’s official opposition leader, Pierre Poilievre, tweeted:
BREAKING: Judge rules Trudeau broke the highest law in the land with the Emergencies Act.
He caused the crisis by dividing people. Then he violated Charter rights to illegally suppress citizens. As PM, I will unite our country for freedom.
Sign here to fire Trudeau and unite… pic.twitter.com/k7d9VxozCK
— Pierre Poilievre (@PierrePoilievre) January 23, 2024
Justice Richard Mosley’s ruling undermines the credibility of Justice Paul Rouleau, the commissioner whom Trudeau appointed in 2022, in a fox-guarding-the-henhouse scenario, to oversee the Public Order Emergency Commission, which conducted an inquiry into Trudeau’s invocation of the Emergencies Act. Rouleau concluded that the threshold for invoking the Act was met, even though during the inquiry, it emerged that Trudeau lied about police requesting that he invoke the Act. It was revealed that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) warned the Trudeau government that the threshold had not been met to invoke the Emergency Measures Act, but Trudeau went ahead and invoked it anyway.
Despite all, according to the Globe and Mail:
Justice Rouleau found that there was “credible and compelling information” to support a reasonable belief that the protests posed a threat to the security of Canada. The information available to cabinet when it made the decision to invoke the act included evidence of the presence of ideologically motivated extremists at the protests, threats against public officials and fear of a “lone wolf” attack.
The erroneous finding was not surprising given that Rouleau was a longtime supporter of the Liberal Party, and even a member of the Liberal party. He worked for the Liberals and was appointed to the bench by a previous Liberal prime minister, Paul Martin. He was, obviously, hardly neutral. Nor did he seem concerned by Trudeau’s crackdown on the unvaccinated, or by government overreach and the Trudeau cabinet’s casual discussion about “crushing the Freedom Convoy with tanks.” Despite the large number of trucks and the blaring of truck horns, it was a peaceful protest, unlike the current widespread, pro-Hamas and pro-Houthi protests, which threaten Jews, disrupt traffic, menace people in shopping malls, and spread hatred.
Solidarity with the Freedom Convoy protests extended far beyond Canada’s borders. Trudeau faced a tongue-lashing in the European Parliament for acting like a dictator. The Freedom Convoy served as an wake-up call to the elitist abuse of power and trampling of constitutional freedoms.
At a packed Ultimate Fighting Championship match last Saturday night in Toronto, the crowds erupted into chants of “f*** Trudeau” — a chant that became widespread during the Freedom Convoy protests. In 2022, even while Trudeau was inside the official residence of former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the “faraway chants of ‘f— Trudeau’” could still be heard during his photo-op with Johnson.
Justice Mosley’s ruling will be sure to cause more complications for the Liberal Government, which is now nose-diving in the polls.