Federal government launches public inquiry into the use of emergency law during protests by free convoys

Police, including riot control officers and armored vehicles, will take action on February 19, 2022 to oust Freedom Convoy protesters from downtown Ottawa. (Canada Press / Justin Tan)

Earlier this year, the Liberal Party officially launched an independent public inquiry into the use of an emergency law to eliminate Ottawa’s Freedom Convoy demonstrators.

Judge Paul S. Rouleau of the Ontario Court of Appeals has been appointed to the Commission of Investigation and must submit a final report to the Federal Government by February 20, 2023.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau enacted this law for the first time in Canada’s history on February 14 in a national protest against COVID-19’s obligations and restrictions. The law gave police extraordinary authority to eliminate protesters in downtown Ottawa and several border blockades.

Following the liquidation of the protesters, the government revoked the law on February 23.

The Liberal government has gained NDP support for the bill, but the Conservatives and Bloc Québécois opposed the move.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau states that the government has set up a public order and morals committee to investigate the circumstances that led to the enforcement of the emergency law.

Canadian Press contributed to this report.

Andrew Chen


Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.