Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is subsequent on the witness listing on the public inquiry probing the federal authorities’s choice to invoke the Emergencies Act in response to weeks-long protests final winter.
Freeland, who can also be the federal finance minister, was the lead on emergency financial powers given to banks and different monetary establishments to freeze the accounts of members within the “Freedom Convoy.”
The Public Order Emergency Commission is scrutinizing the occasions that led to the federal emergency declaration Feb. 14, weeks into protests that gridlocked downtown Ottawa and halted Canada-U.S. commerce at a number of border crossings.
Freeland is the seventh cupboard minister to testify this week earlier than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau closes out the general public hearings on Friday.
Three of Trudeau’s senior staffers, together with chief of workers Katie Telford, are anticipated to take the stand after attorneys end questioning Freeland.
Commissioner Paul Rouleau is anticipated to current a remaining report back to Parliament early subsequent yr.
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Nov. 24, 2022.