Emergencies Act inquiry: Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson to testify

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The inquiry into the federal authorities’s use of the Emergencies Act throughout February’s “Freedom Convoy” protest continues right now with the anticipated look of Ottawa’s mayor.


Outgoing mayor Jim Watson is anticipated to give long-awaited testimony on municipal efforts to deal with the three-week demonstration, after his chief of employees and Ottawa’s metropolis supervisor appeared yesterday.


Testimony is then anticipated from outgoing councillor Diane Deans, who chaired the native police companies board throughout the disaster and was ousted from the position simply after the federal emergency was declared.


High-ranking officers from the Ottawa Police Service and Ontario Provincial Police are additionally slated to converse on the public inquiry this week.


The fee is analyzing the circumstances that led to the emergency declaration Feb. 14 and the measures taken to take care of the protest, which noticed the occupation of an space of downtown Ottawa subsequent to Parliament Hill.


Watson’s testimony comes days earlier than Ottawa’s municipal election subsequent Monday, wherein neither he nor Deans is operating for re-election.


This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Oct. 18, 2022.

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