Trucker crisis: Trudeau soon to be questioned on the use of emergency measures

Trucker crisis: Trudeau soon to be asked about the use of emergency measures


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to appear before a commission of inquiry soon to justify the use of the Emergencies Act to end the major protest movement by truckers at the start year, his office said Tuesday. 

Very rarely used in peacetime, these powers were invoked in February after weeks of demonstrations that paralyzed the federal capital Ottawa and blocked borders with the American neighbor. 

The Commission on state of emergency, led by a former judge, is due to begin six weeks of public hearings on the case on October 13.

The Prime Minister's Office told AFP that Mr. Trudeau expects to be invited to testify and that he “welcomes the opportunity”.

Justin Trudeau had defended the use of this law, saying that the authorities needed “more tools to restore order” after more than three weeks of “dangerous and illegal activities”.

< p>His decision to invoke the Emergency Measures Act, which grants the government exceptional powers to deal with a major crisis, was strongly criticized, in particular by the political opposition as well as by associations for the defense of rights and freedom.

Minimized at first by the authorities, the protest movement started with truckers protesting against the obligation to be vaccinated to cross the border with the United States, then widened to a general rejection of public health rules in Canada.

Protesters had gone so far as to block a bridge between the Canadian city of Windsor and the American city of Detroit, paralyzing an essential trade route for the industry, in particular automobile manufacturing.