Jason Kenney, the Premier of the Canadian province of Alberta, announced Saturday that he was suing the federal government of Canada and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for their use of the Emergencies Act, calling the move “unjustified in the circumstances.”
During an interview with the Edmonton, Alberta-based Edmonton Sun, Kenney said he was filing a legal challenge in Canadian federal court in order to suspend Trudeau and the liberal government’s implementation of the act to crack down on the “Freedom Convoy” protest currently ongoing in the nation’s capital of Ottawa.
Kenney made clear that he still wanted law and order restored, and did not want to be misconstrued. “The situation in Ottawa is serious. Law and order has to be restored,” said Kenney, adding that he believed protestors should not be able to blockade the center of any city, much less the nation’s capital, for any reason or cause. “But the Emergencies Act was designed to come into effect at the failure of the state,” in the event of a coup or insurrection that threatened to topple Canada’s democratic institutions. “However, there is no insurrection or coup,” he said.
The Edmonton Sun reported that the Ottawa Police Department have always had the authority to ticket, and even to arrest, drivers who are parked illegally. “Police services already have all the powers they need through provincial authority. All the tools already exist,” added Kenney, pointing out that both the blockades of the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario, and the U.S.-Canada border crossing in Coutts, Alberta, were resolved by the ordinary conduct of police. Neither situation required extraneous powers like the Emergencies Act. “Let’s stick to the basics here — the basics of law enforcement,” Kenney said.
Kenney took particular issue with the coercive measures imposed on financial institutions by the federal government. Those parts of the Emergencies Act that have to do with banking were “designed to interrupt terrorism financing,” said Kenney, but they are instead being used to “seize and freeze” the assets of “people whose opinions they disagree with.”
The Canadian government has already begun cracking down on the finances of Freedom Convoy supporters. A number of bank accounts connected to the protests have been frozen by their financial institutions after referrals from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as previously reported by The Daily Wire.
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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