Trudeau first invoked the Emergency Law to curb anti-vaccine protests in Canada

The Trudeau government has faced increasing pressure to intervene (REUTERS / Patrick Doyle)

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau on Monday invoked emergency powers to end anti-vacuum protests and against health measures to curb COVID-19 that police fear will turn violent.

The federal government has invoked the Emergencies Law to complement the provincial and territorial capacity to deal with blockades and occupations,” He said Trudeau at a news conference, adding that at this stage no military would be deployed.

Protests in Canada’s capital have entered their 18th dayaccording to the nation’s public broadcaster.

The Law of Emergencies gives the federal government extraordinary powers, including the right to prohibit travel from or within any specified area and to seize property it deems necessary to handle the situation.

Protests in Canada's capital have entered their 18th day
Protests in Canada’s capital have entered their 18th day

the law too allows the government to order the provision of “essential services” by anyone and impose emergency fines or imprisonment for violating the orders. It has never been used since it was enacted in 1988, but requires an “urgent and critical situation, of a temporary nature, that endangers the life, health or safety of Canadians,” according to a government memo on the legislation.

The Trudeau government has faced mounting pressure to intervene, after protests over vaccination mandates and other COVID-19 restrictions were extended last week to the bridge that carries a quarter of Canada’s trade with the United Statesits largest trading partner.

However, the new powers of the Government are limited by Canada’s bill of rights and must be reviewed by elected legislators.. A public consultation must be held within 60 days of the end of the emergency, according to the legislation, and a report must be submitted to parliament within one year.

Protests against vaccination rules, which include hundreds of trucks parked on the streets of Ottawa, swelled to thousands over the weekend. But the truckers found themselves on Sunday with residents counter-protests who are angry that parts of their city have been shut down, with closed businesses and impassable streets, since the trucks arrived on January 28.

Counter-protests from residents tired of the demonstrations (REUTERS / Chris Helgren)
Counter-protests from residents tired of the demonstrations (REUTERS / Chris Helgren)

Several provinces have announced plans to undo Covid restrictions, but Trudeau has maintained vaccination mandates under his government’s control, including for federal government workers, air travelers and truck drivers entering the country. from USA.

The Ontario government announced Monday that it would remove many of its pandemic-fighting measures next month as cases and hospitalizations decline.

That city’s Premier Doug Ford declared an emergency Friday., and police began removing protesters on the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, on Saturday morning. The section was blocked for six days and was finally reopened on Sunday night.

Bridge Reopening Marks End to Most Economically Disturbing Protests that have spread across Canada in recent weeks. At least six auto plants were forced to cut production due to parts shortages, while shipments of everything from food to electronics were also hampered.

(With information from AFP and Bloomberg)

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