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CBSA warned blockades could threaten ‘economic security’ on the day Emergencies Act was invoked, inquiry hears

An inner report from the Canada Border Services Agency introduced on the similar day the federal authorities invoked the Emergencies Act warned that blockades might pose a “menace to Canada’s financial safety and prosperity,” in line with paperwork tabled at the Public Order Emergency Commission.

The former head of the CBSA was questioned Wednesday about the Feb. 14 menace evaluation as the inquiry critiques the federal authorities’s resolution to make use of emergency powers earlier this 12 months.

“There has been a major operational affect which will lead to a menace to Canada’s financial safety and prosperity,” the CBSA report reads.

The CBSA put collectively situational experiences each day between Jan. 27 and a minimum of Feb. 14, giving an summary of protests at border crossings, together with at the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ont., and the crossing at Coutts, Alta.

A bundle of these situational experiences was made public as a part of the fee.

The Feb. 14 report is the solely situational report that accommodates the line. The different experiences persistently reported that there have been no credible threats recognized for any of the ports of entry and that the general threats to personnel and infrastructure had been low.

Commission attorneys requested former CBSA president John Ossowski about why that line was solely in the Feb. 14 situational report when he sat for an interview in August. 

Anti-mandate protesters are eliminated by police at a blockade of the Ambassador Bridge border crossing, in Windsor, Ont., on Feb. 12. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

A abstract of that dialog was made public Wednesday.

Ossowski, who has since retired, stated he did not know.

Another CBSA official, Christine Durocher, instructed the fee the line about an financial menace might need been erroneously omitted from earlier situational experiences. Durocher is the regional director basic of the CBSA’s southern Ontario area.

“The interviewees didn’t know if the change associated to the federal authorities’s resolution to invoke the Emergencies Act,” stated the interview abstract.

The fee is assessing whether or not the federal authorities met the authorized threshold to invoke the Emergencies Act to clear Ottawa of protesters final winter.

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