Through his recent actions, it seems as though Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not entirely ready to give up the use of the emergency powers given to him by the government when he chose to exercise them against the recent Freedom Convoy protests that held Ottawa at a standstill for the past few weeks.
In a public statement released by Trudeau, he expressed that despite the fact that the protests being disbanded and the instigating truckers either arrested, detained, or sent home — with quite a few of them having entirely frozen financial assets– the state of emergency was not over and he would not be giving up his newfound power.
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“As I said, the Emergencies Act is not something to undertake lightly, and it’s something that needs to be momentary, temporary, and proportional. That’s why every single day, I am receiving briefings and we are reflecting on how much longer the Emergencies Act needs to be in place,” explained the prime minister. “We don’t want to keep it in place a single day longer than necessary.”
“But even though the blockades are lifted across border openings right now, even though things seem to be resolving very well in Ottawa, this state of emergency is not over,” stated Trudeau. “There continue to be real concerns about the coming days, but we will continue to evaluate every single day whether or not it is time and we are able to lift this state of emergency.”
Trudeau and his administration broke out the powers imbued within the EMergencies Act in the wake of truckers, who were protesting the draconian COVID-19 vaccine mandates and quarantine requirements, formed up into a convoy that blockaded a good chunk of Ottawa and many border crossings with the U.S. for many weeks.
As part of this new state of emergency, many Canadian officials detained and arrested demonstrators, placed freezes on the demonstrator’s financial assets, and even issued the threat to steal the pets of the demonstrators that would be, in their words, uncared for if their owners were detained.
As reported by the Daily Wire:
The Canadian government is issuing warnings to anyone involved in the massive anti-mandate protests, saying that in addition to freezing bank accounts and towing their trucks, they can confiscate pets as well.
A tweet from the official account for Ottawa’s by-law and regulatory services read, “Attention animal owners at demonstration: If you are unable to care for your animal as a result of enforcement actions, your animal will placed into protective care for 8 days, at your cost. After 8 days, if arrangements are not made, your animal will be considered relinquished.”
According to tweet, the law applied to animals that were left without anyone to care for them due to any law enforcement action resulting from their owners’ participation in the protests — and that could open the door for the government to remove pets from homes where they would have been well cared for if it were not for the government’s response to the protests.