Trudeau Is Already Threatening Civil Liberties With His Power Grab

Trudeau Is Already Threatening Civil Liberties With His Power Grab
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Many people have been justifiably concerned about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoking the Emergencies Act , which has never been used since it was enacted in 1988.

It conveys upon him vast powers to crush the protest (or any other dissent), allowing him to freeze and seize bank accounts and vehicles of anyone connected with the protest, and to ban public assembly or restrict travel.

How far does it go? It allows the government to force tow truck drivers who have been refusing to cooperate with the government in going after the protesters,

Tow-truck operators, who have been reluctant to cooperate with the police, will now be compelled to work with law enforcement agencies to clear Ottawa’s streets and the border crossings at Coutts, Alberta, and Emerson, Manitoba.

Not only is the government conceding that the tow truck companies weren’t going along with them, but if they refuse, they’re going to make them do it. I can’t think of a more concerning aspect. Talk about a violation of civil liberties. For a peaceful protest that has bouncy houses and dance parties.

But now remember, this is just “temporary,” Trudeau assures them. Just like the temporary mandates Trudeau refuses to remove or even discuss with the protesters. And it wouldn’t violate anyone’s “fundamental rights” he claims (as long as you comply).

Trudeau’s actions have been slammed by multiple premiers including Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, who said they had the power they needed and didn’t need that. Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson said it was “not helpful.” Both had blockades in their provinces. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said they did not support Trudeau’s action, and Quebec Premier François Legault also spoke out against it. Trudeau’s father infamously invoked the war powers act in crackdown in Quebec in 1970.

Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) declared that Trudeau “has not met the threshold necessary to invoke the Emergencies Act.

“This law creates a high and clear standard for good reason: the Act allows government to bypass ordinary democratic processes. This standard has not been met. The Emergencies Act can only be invoked when a situation “seriously threatens the ability of the Government of Canada to preserve the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of Canada” and when the situation “cannot be effectively dealt with under any other law of Canada. Governments regularly deal with difficult situations, and do so using powers granted to them by democratically elected representatives. Emergency legislation should not be normalized. It threatens our democracy and our civil liberties.”

These premiers and the CCLA all know that there are a lot of bad potential consequences besides just oppressing everyone related to the protest. All these rules and regulations are coming in without any legislation or even a vote on invocation by representatives. It’s all just on edict, from Trudeau, and who knows how long and to who it might be applied. If anything, it inflames the situation because if they were oppressive before, which is what people were protesting, now they just doubled down on it.

They’re also saying the effort to apply these rules to crowdfunding and cryptocurrencies is going to be permanent.

The government got a court injunction against GiveSendGo which has millions in donations for the Freedom Convoy, who told them to pound sand. TD Bank has now also frozen two accounts that were related to the Convoy as well.

But just before Trudeau made his announcement, GiveSendGo was hacked and information about the donors was leaked online.

The information was spread on Twitter, but Twitter hasn’t taken down the tweets or suspended the main blue-check who was spreading the information. So much for their principles.

But now, Ezra Levant of Rebel News is also alleging that “Trudeau’s CBC state broadcaster is combing through the illegally hacked database of GiveSendGo donors, and emailing donors asking them to explain themselves.”

This is incredibly concerning, if true — media going in with the government to try to harm people for political support. We’re going to dig into it more, but again, talk about turning into China with how the state media would work to enforce the government’s will.

No, he’s not ‘fidel-ing,’ but he is pouring a lot of gas on the fire.

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