Top intelligence officers are first on the witness checklist this week at the general public inquiry scrutinizing Ottawa’s use of the Emergencies Act to finish final winter’s “Freedom Convoy” protests.
The Public Order Emergency Commission is starting its last week after listening to from greater than 60 witnesses concerning the resolution to declare a federal emergency as demonstrators protesting COVID-19 restrictions blockaded downtown Ottawa and Canada-U.S. border crossings.
David Vigneault, the pinnacle of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, is anticipated to testify on a panel with two different CSIS officers.
Also showing are Michelle Tessier, the CSIS deputy director of operations, and Marie-Helene Chayer, the manager director of its Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre.
The inquiry has beforehand heard that CSIS decided the protests weren’t a menace to nationwide safety in accordance to the authorized definition the company makes use of to establish such threats.
Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair is anticipated to seem after the safety officers, the primary of seven ministers who’re anticipated to seem at the inquiry earlier than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s anticipated testimony on Friday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Nov. 21, 2022.