“Disappointed” civil liberal groups to liberals to vote for emergencies act on self-confidence issues

A Canadian civil liberty group said it was “disappointed” by the Liberal government’s move to vote for the use of emergency law as a matter of trust.

“We are deeply disappointed that the government has chosen to make tonight’s vote a matter of trust. This morning we asked the government to revoke the urgent declaration, banned it, and at least We have promised a free vote in Parliament, “said the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA). Said on twitter February 21st.

“Instead, the government has made it a matter of trust and has seen many government lawmakers publicly and confidently announce that they will vote against the state of emergency if the opportunity arises. . “

The group has decided to use an emergency law to give police drastic additional authority to deal with protesters who have stayed in Ottawa for the past three weeks to oppose federal COVID-19 obligations and restrictions. “There is no legal justification,” he said.

“Let’s be clear. There is no legal justification for using emergency law. The broad government’s authority over police reduces the rights of charters across the country. The risk of this abuse is high. The state of emergency should be revoked immediately, “CCLA said. Said in another tweet..

The Association issued a statement after the House of Commons resolved on February 21 to pass a motion to approve extraordinary and temporary measures of the law.

The motion was passed in line with the party’s policy, with the Liberal Party and the New Democratic Party voting in favor, and the Conservatives and Bloc Québécois voting against.

Prior to the vote, some conservative and Bloc Québécois said the criteria for implementing emergency measures were not met.

Conservatives sought an explanation prior to the vote as to whether it was a distrust resolution.

Liberal House leader Mark Holland didn’t answer the question directly, saying “it’s time to vote.”

Some Liberal Party lawmakers also said it was uncertain whether the law would be justified.

Liberal Party lawmaker Nathaniel Erskine Smith said prior to the vote that he was uncertain whether the use of the bill would be justified, but “now a distrust resolution” has led to the party’s policy. He said he would vote along.

Liberal lawmaker Joel Wrightbound, who broke the party’s position by criticizing the party’s leadership in the politicization of pandemic policies in early February, said the law was a “slippery slope” prior to voting. rice field.

Both lawmakers voted in favor of the motion on the night of February 21st.

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Mark Holland, the government leader of the Commons House, will stand up on February 21, 2022 to vote for the enforcement of an emergency law in Ottawa. (Canada Press / Adrian Wild)

Protests in Ottawa will be subject to federal vaccine obligations on January 15, and all truck drivers returning from the United States to Canada will be fully vaccinated with COVID-19 or quarantined for two weeks upon re-entry. It started after requesting to receive. More protesters moved to Ottawa and elsewhere in the country to oppose all pandemic-related orders as a large truck convoy rolled around the country and arrived in Ottawa on January 29 to protest the response. Joined the.

On February 14, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared a state of emergency and enforced an emergency law to force wrecker companies to remove vehicles blocking roads and lanes, adding to expel protesters. Authorized the authorities.

Several financial measures have also been added to reduce funding for the protest, such as allowing banks to freeze the accounts of individuals and businesses involved in the protest without a court order.

February 17, CCLA Said in a press release Submitting a judicial review application to federal court requesting an order to revoke the use of law.

Another constitutional rights group, the Canadian Constitutional Foundation, also Press release On February 17, it plans to file a legal objection to the enforcement of the law by the Liberal Party.

Canadian Press contributed to this report.

Andrew Chen


Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.

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