Category: Emergencies Act

Tamara Lich Is a ‘Political Prisoner,’ Says Tory Leadership Candidate Leslyn Lewis

Freedom Convoy organizer Tamara Lich is a “political prisoner” targeted by the federal government for holding political views that run counter to its own, says Conservative leadership candidate and MP Leslyn Lewis. “[T]he answer is yes. Tamara does meet the definition of a political prisoner—she was imprisoned for her political beliefs and actions,” Lewis said…


Trudeau Cabinet Told of Potential ‘Breakthrough’ With Convoy Protesters Night Before Invoking Emergencies Act

The night before the Liberal government invoked the Emergencies Act to deal with the truckers’ “Freedom Convoy” protest, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s national security adviser, Jody Thomas, told cabinet members that “there was potential for a breakthrough” in negotiations with the protesters. This was revealed in newly released documents on how the cabinet weighed in on…


Civil Liberties Groups in Federal Court to Challenge Invocation of Emergencies Act

Two civil liberties groups have appeared in a federal court to seek the disclosure of unredacted documents that led to the federal government’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act to end the Freedom Convoy protest earlier this year. The Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) challenged the use of the…


Cory Morgan: Handgun Import Ban: Liberals Using Orders-in-Council to Avoid Parliamentary Scrutiny at a Rate Unseen in Living Memory

Commentary An order-in-council (OIC) is a legislative tool used in parliaments to enact an action or regulation without having to go through all the steps formally required to pass a bill or motion in Parliament. It is accepted that the government cabinet can use this tool for items that don’t merit a full parliamentary debate…


Federal Bank Secretly Tracked Clients Who Were Freedom Convoy Supporters, Emails Show

Recently disclosed internal emails reveal that a federal bank, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) in Regina, ordered its employees to track and report clients who were potentially sympathetic toward the truckers’ Freedom Convoy. The emails, obtained by Blacklock’s Reporter through an Access to Information request, contradict FCC’s public denial in February that it was compiling lists of…


Parliament Hill Carpenters’ Strike Costlier Than Freedom Convoy Protest: Public Works Document

A document produced by Department of Public Works staff says the Freedom Convoy protest cost millions by slowing down construction work on Parliament Hill, but acknowledged that the effect of an unrelated carpenters’ strike was more substantial. According to Blacklock’s Reporter, a staff briefing note titled Status of the Long Term Vision and Plan for…


Bruce Pardy: By Freeing Tamara Lich, the Superior Court Restores Confidence in the Rule of Law

Commentary On July 26, Tamara Lich was released from jail again. Charged with mischief in February for her role in the Freedom Convoy that descended on Parliament Hill, Lich had been incarcerated on July 8 by a justice of the peace after the Crown attorney characterized her as a danger to public safety and the…


Tory MP Asks Privacy Commissioner to Review Freezing of Accounts During Emergency Declaration

A Conservative MP is asking the privacy commissioner to review events surrounding the freezing of financial accounts of Freedom Convoy supporters during the public order emergency declared by the government in February. MP Adam Chambers wrote to commissioner Philippe Dufresne on July 6 to highlight that a study on the issue done by the House…


Liberal Government Agrees to Release Cabinet Documents Related to Emergencies Act Inquiry

The Liberal government has agreed to release the cabinet documents it used to justify invoking the Emergencies Act after a request made by the Public Order Emergency Commissioner. The head of the Public Order Emergency Commission, Paul Rouleau, had requested that the Liberal government waive cabinet confidence—the privilege to protect the disclosure of discussions between federal…


Liberal Government Agrees to Release Cabinet Documents Related to Emergencies Act

The Liberal government has agreed to release the cabinet documents it used to justify invoking the Emergencies Act after a request made by the Public Order Emergency Commissioner. The head of the Public Order Emergency Commission, Paul Rouleau, had requested that the Liberal government waive cabinet confidence—the privilege to protect the disclosure of discussions between federal…