Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland faced an angry Canadian House of Commons Thursday as opposition MPs continued to demand answers regarding the government’s unprecedented invocation of the Emergencies Act.
The government has justified the use of the Emergencies Act by arguing that the blockades are an emergency, and by claiming that those involved have vowed to push back at efforts to clear them with plans that officials believe could include “serious violence” for “a political or ideological objective.”
The prime minister pointed to the dismantling of the Coutts border blockade in southern Alberta earlier this week, where RCMP made 13 arrests and seized a cache of firearms and ammunition from demonstrators, as an example of recent success in dismantling the protests.
Critics have called the move a dangerous and unprecedented overreach of government power and authority.
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