Three federal ministers are slated to testify at this time at the general public inquiry that’s scrutinizing the federal authorities’s response to the “Freedom Convoy” protests that overran downtown Ottawa and choked a number of border crossings final winter.
Justice Minister David Lametti, Defence Minister Anita Anand and Transport Minister Omar Alghabra are on the witness listing because the inquiry digs into Ottawa’s determination to invoke the Emergencies Act in response to the weeks-long demonstrations.
Lametti’s testimony is predicted first, however the federal lawyer normal’s solutions could also be restrained by solicitor-client privilege, which he cited earlier this yr when giving testimony at a parliamentary committee learning the identical challenge.
Anand is prone to face questions on Alberta’s request for assist from the Canadian Armed Forces to deal with a border blockade in Coutts, although the army was not introduced in as a part of the emergency powers.
Alghabra, whose testimony is predicted final, is prone to be requested concerning the financial prices of border blockades, since his division was the one to calculate the $3.9-billion value of border shutdowns.
The Public Order Emergency Commission is in its sixth and last week of public hearings, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau anticipated to testify on the ultimate day of proceedings Friday and a last report back to be delivered to (*3*) by early subsequent yr.