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Government department worried about flag being ‘misused’ in copycat protests, Emergencies Act inquiry hears

Global Affairs Canada, the nation’s diplomatic arm, feared the Canadian flag was being “misused” by convoy protesters and was changing into a logo for related protests all over the world, paperwork tabled on the Emergencies Act present.

“GAC continues to watch the scenario in the U.S. and all over the world,” wrote a diplomat in a Feb. 14 e-mail labelled “high degree messaging.”

“Concerned that the Canadian ‘model’ is being exported and that the Canadian flag is being (mis-)used as a logo to gas protests in capitals all over the world.”

The e-mail talked about protesters in France, Belgium, Netherlands and New Zealand. 

WATCH |  Global Affairs official deal with how the convoy protests affected Canada’s worldwide popularity

Global Affairs official deal with how the convoy protests affected Canada’s worldwide popularity

Cindy Termorshuizen, assistant deputy minister at Global Affairs Canada, says there have been issues about the self-described ‘Freedom Convoy’ affecting Canada’s popularity overseas — particularly when the Canadian flag appeared internationally as a “symbol of defiance of the law.”

Cindy Termorshuizen, assistant deputy minister at Global Affairs Canada, instructed the Public Order Emergency Commission on Monday that the department was involved about how the protests have been affecting Canada’s worldwide popularity.

Primarily, she stated, GAC worried about how the blockades have been damaging commerce routes and tarnishing Canada’s popularity as a spot to take a position. 

Termorshuizen stated the department’s issues additionally prolonged to what the Canadian flag was being used to symbolize when it was waved at protests all over the world.

A ‘image of defiance of the legislation’

“I believe we have been additionally actually involved from a broader reputational perspective that our flag was being used in a few of these copycat protests that have been occurring all over the world,” Termorshuizen instructed the inquiry.

“The flag is a logo of our nation and it was being used, frankly, as a logo of defiance of the legislation and we have been fairly involved about these reputational impacts.”

Canadian protesters against COVID-19 restrictions gridlocked streets in downtown Ottawa for almost three weeks final winter. Similar protests blocked entry to the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ont. — the busiest commerce route between Canada and the U.S. — and the border crossing in Coutts, Alta.

Joe Comartin, former Canadian consul normal in Detroit, testified that he was listening to issues from U.S. lawmakers about the blockades.

“One of the messages was the affect it was having on the availability chain,” he stated.

“They have been additionally expressing, repeatedly, why is not Canada doing extra? Their evaluation was that the three ranges of presidency weren’t cooperating, did not have a coordinated plan. That was the notion they’d.”

The fee is wanting into the federal authorities’s determination to invoke the Emergencies Act on Feb. 14 to clear the protests.

The inquiry will proceed to listen to from from witnesses over the subsequent two weeks. Commissioner Paul Rouleau’s remaining report is due in February. 

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