Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau followed through with his threat to invoke the “Emergency Powers Act” today as the Canadian Trucker Freedom Convoy protests entered its 3rd week and appears to be gaining wide support, not only in Canada, but around the world.
This is an unprecedented move, as the Emergency Powers Act has never been previously invoked since its passage in the 1980s.
It is a temporary measure that gives the government broad powers to suspend civil rights, similar to Martial Law, including the power to restrict travel, enter and seize private property, arrest people, among others.
Here are the Orders and Regulations directly from the Act:
Orders and regulations
8 (1) While a declaration of a public welfare emergency is in effect, the Governor in Council may make such orders or regulations with respect to the following matters as the Governor in Council believes, on reasonable grounds, are necessary for dealing with the emergency:
(a) the regulation or prohibition of travel to, from or within any specified area, where necessary for the protection of the health or safety of individuals;
(b) the evacuation of persons and the removal of personal property from any specified area and the making of arrangements for the adequate care and protection of the persons and property;
(c) the requisition, use or disposition of property;
(d) the authorization of or direction to any person, or any person of a class of persons, to render essential services of a type that that person, or a person of that class, is competent to provide and the provision of reasonable compensation in respect of services so rendered;
(e) the regulation of the distribution and availability of essential goods, services and resources;
(f) the authorization and making of emergency payments;
(g) the establishment of emergency shelters and hospitals;
(h) the assessment of damage to any works or undertakings and the repair, replacement or restoration thereof;
(i) the assessment of damage to the environment and the elimination or alleviation of the damage; and
(j) the imposition
(i) on summary conviction, of a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars or imprisonment not exceeding six months or both that fine and imprisonment, or
(ii) on indictment, of a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars or imprisonment not exceeding five years or both that fine and imprisonment,
for contravention of any order or regulation made under this section.
Even before this announcement today, there have been reports of people being visited in their homes from police who have been monitoring people’s speech on Facebook in regards to the protests.
The Ambassador Bridge connecting Ontario with Michigan was reopened yesterday (Sunday, Feb. 13th), as police reportedly made some arrests in an early morning raid. ZeroHedge News reported:
More than 12 hours after police in Windsor, Ontario arrived on scene to shut down “Freedom Convoy” protests at the Ambassador Bridge, it appears the crowds have finally disperesed in a predawn raid.
As police arrested the last remaining demonstrators for a protest that has continued for nearly a week and created substantial disruption for commercial traffic across the US-Canada border crossing, the focus shifted to demonstrators who gathered on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill as protests continued for another weekend.
According to the Associated Press, which cited television footage, police arrested the dozen or so die-hard protesters who remained defiantly at the Bridge until the very end.
Television images showed police arresting the few protesters who remained just after dawn near the Ambassador Bridge linking Detroit and Windsor, Ontario — the busiest border crossing to the U.S.
Only two pickup trucks and less than a dozen protesters blocked the road to the bridge before police moved in.
Police on Saturday had persuaded demonstrators to move their pickup trucks and others cars that they used at the entrance to the crossing that sees 25% of all trade between the two countries, though it remained closed.
It is not clear why it took them so long to open the bridge when there were actually very few protesters there, and the day before, Rebel News reported that protesters had already removed several vehicles to open up a lane for traffic.
People in the U.S. may not realize that our neighbor to the north is only slightly over one tenth the population of the U.S., as the State of California has more people than all of Canada, which makes it even more amazing that they had three border crossings closed for over a week.
Some of the leaders of the Trucker Protests gave a Press Conference earlier in the day where they stated that they were not backing down, and were not afraid of the Canadian Government’s scare tactics.
Rebel News has also reported that Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced today that the Canadian Government is also going after the financing of the Trucker Convoy, including crowdfunding platforms and cryptocurencies. (Source.)
Is this media propaganda designed to create fear in Canada so that if war does break out in the Ukraine they can then orchestrate media blackouts to take more aggressive action against the protesters?
**By Brian Shilhavy