A Q&A on the Emergencies Act with Canadian constitutional law expert and professor Ryan Alford
Half my family lives in Burma, where people are fighting, dying by the thousands, to regain democracy.
In Canada, the people have thrown it in the fire and poured gasoline all over it. Shame on Canadians. You all deserve to live in Burma, and the Burmese in a free country. Shame. The price of democracy and freedom is not ambivalence, blind faith trust, blindly believing the media, blindly following and accepting corrupt politicians. Shame on Canadians. Trudeau is not the problem. Trudeau is a symptom of a diseased society. A society that didn't just give an inch, it gave a mile to tyranny.
Can someone please explain to me why the NDP even exists as a federal party at this point? Trudeau says jump and Jagmeet Singh asks how high, so they are somewhere between unofficial backbenchers and controlled opposition as far as I can tell.
Trudeau and Freeland have both cemented their legacy as petty tyrants, for what? To ban unvaccinated truckers from crossing the border? There's no way not to interpret that as a win for their enemies.
This was a horribly boneheaded miscalculation by them both, and it couldn't have happened to worse people.
all his moves point to tyrannical leadership since Covid started: He tried to get unilateral powers of taxing and spending (thankfully voted down), the censorship of the internet, hate speech... all laid down so that his opponents have no voice and now no financial security. It's shameful. Likely time to leave Canada
Thank you for presenting this, Tara. What is happening is truly frightening. I cannot understand how people can be more worried about peaceful protests against existing government overreach than they are of increasing government overreach in response. We are truly in dictatorship territory and the useful idiots think it's just fine, it'll never be them under the jackboot.
I've lived in Canada my whole life and the insanity that has happened is sadly obvious. I was expecting this from the beginning and sadly I was right. I'm glad to hear there are people pushing back now.
Canada is no longer a democratic country. Castro Jr. admires China's dictatorship and will unperson every dissenter if he gets his way. Immigrants who fled socialism are seeing those evils rise once again: https://yuribezmenov.substack.com/p/how-to-live-the-dream?utm_source=url
The Parliamentary approval of the invocation of this Act is out-and-out fascism and the assumption of Dictatorial Powers by Trudeau, the Liberal and NDP parties and the government. As Law Professor Ryan Alford so cogently puts it - "This is banana republic dictator behaviour".
In fact, Trudeau has been doing this ever since the Pandemic began. He can use this, as he probably will, to prevent people from using their constitutional rights to sue the government for exceeding its Constitutional powers and to put a stop to the dictatorship Trudeau has create with the help of the NDP and others. Not only is this outrageous, it is criminal.
This is what Hitler and his National Socialists (the NAZIs) did in Germany as they were consolidating their dictatorship. This is why those who know and those who care have been describing Trudeau as a fascist dictator.
Excellent legal analysis. Third world dictators use emergency to crush their political opponents when they cannot argue their position.
Your former employer, the CBC, bears some of the blame for the situation we find ourselves in. The blatant propaganda coming out of that organization is mind-boggling. And it does have an impact on people's assessment of the legitimacy of this "State of Emergency." The Globe and Mail isn't much better. How did we end up with Canada's version of Pravda?
"This is banana republic dictator behaviour."
Like from ... ahh ... Cuba.
Oh and ...
"As noted by the Miami Herald, it is rare for Trudeau’s government to criticize Cuba where Canada has considerable economic interests. Canada not only pumps millions of dollars into the economy through tourism but Canadian companies hold lucrative mining contracts on the island.
The condemnation was triggered by Cuba’s outrageous sentencing of protesters from last July to up to 20 years in prison. The government was clearly correct in expressing its outrage.
However, there was something jarring in the Trudeau government then adding “Canada strongly advocates for freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly free from intimidation. We stand with the people of Cuba in their aspiration for #democracy.”"
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is launching a legal challenge to the use of the Emergencies Act - I donated earlier today
Fingers crossed my bank account doesn't get frozen!
As I look at what is taking place in Canada right now I'm worried for how it will effect my country, the USA. We have no shortage of leftists in our government that are engaging in the same type of radical lawless behavior.
I worry that we may soon have cause to employ use of our 2A rights for the sole reason they were they were included in our Bill of Rights.
I hope it doesn't come to that, but I worry it will.
As noted in this interview, there are reasons to be concerned with the invocation of the emergencies act in response to the truckers protest. Our basis of law depends greatly on precedence. Once this emergencies act is used so casually against a mostly peaceful protest, what would stop it being used for ever more frivolous actions? We have taken a dangerous turn away from democratic rule. We may never fully recover from this.
This is absolutely ridiculous. What kind of hogwash have you people been listening to? Fox News obviously. This was NOT a peaceful protest. I live in Ottawa. These were for the most part, thugs and hooligans who immobilized a large section of downtown Ottawa for over three weeks. It’s not as if they were simply “protesting” on Parliament Hill. They TOOK OVER THE DOWNTOWN!! They threatened people who wore masks, they honked their horns all night long, they blared music all night, they set up hot tubs and saunas and bouncy castles as if it’s okay to completely take over downtown streets for their own amusement. Businesses couldn’t operate. People were afraid to leave their homes. The vast majority of Canadians were completely behind the Emergency Act. There was no other way to get rid of this nonsense. The police did it peacefully and with restraint. Nobody was hurt. Those watching Fox News are being fed a bunch of lies. Because Trudeau took this action he would win an election in a landslide if it were held tomorrow. Just stop the lies, please.
I am heartbroken.