Emergencies Act inquiry studies fundamental rights and freedoms at stake in protests



The inquiry into the Liberal authorities’s historic option to invoke the Emergencies Act to quell weekslong demonstrations towards COVID-19 mandates final winter is now shifting into its public coverage part.

The Public Order Emergency Commission is predicted to listen to this week from about 50 specialists who will share their views on using the Emergencies Act, together with whether or not it wants updating.

A session this morning will deal with fundamental rights and freedoms at stake in public protests, in addition to their limits, whereas a day session will discover monetary governance, policing and intelligence.

Other matters to be mentioned this week embrace cryptocurrency, worldwide provide chains and prison legislation, with discussions largely pushed by coverage papers the inquiry commissioned earlier this yr.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act on Feb. 14 after hundreds of protesters related to the “Freedom Convoy” blockaded downtown Ottawa and key border crossings.

Calling a public inquiry is a requirement underneath the emergency laws and Justice Paul Rouleau, the commissioner of the inquiry, should submit his report back to Parliament by Feb. 20, 2023.

“I look ahead to listening to the ideas and views of the specialists and the dialogue and evaluation of those key coverage points,” Rouleau mentioned in an announcement final Thursday.

“This will help the fee in contemplating what suggestions to make on using and potential modernization of the Emergencies Act and on any areas the place we contemplate additional examine or analysis needs to be undertaken.”

The coverage part follows six weeks of public hearings at the Library and Archives Canada constructing in downtown Ottawa, culminating in Trudeau’s hours-long testimony on Friday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Nov. 28, 2022.


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