Top Mountie, PM’s intelligence adviser testifying this week before Emergencies Act inquiry

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The head of the RCMP and the prime minister’s nationwide safety and intelligence adviser will testify before the Emergencies Act inquiry this week.

The Public Order Emergency Commission was established to find out if the federal authorities was justified in its choice to, for the primary time ever, invoke the Emergencies Act — which it used to offer police extraordinary powers to interrupt up final winter’s protests towards pandemic restrictions.

So far, the fee has heard from the Ottawa Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police, municipal and provincial officers and a few of the protest organizers themselves.

This week, the fee will begin to hear from federal officers.

On Monday, the fee will hear from two civil servants who had high roles within the federal Department of Public Safety throughout final winter’s convoy protest, which gridlocked components of downtown Ottawa for practically three weeks.

Rob Stewart was the deputy minister whereas Dominic Rochon was senior assistant deputy minister of the division’s nationwide safety and cyber safety sector.

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki seems on throughout Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa on Friday, July 1, 2022. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

They’ll be adopted by Cindy Termorshuizen, assistant deputy minister at Global Affairs Canada, and Joe Comartin, former Canadian consul normal in Detroit, who’re anticipated to replicate on how the protests affected Canada’s worldwide relationships.

Outside of Ottawa, protesters towards COVID-19 restrictions additionally blocked entry to the border crossing in Coutts, Alta. and tied up the Ambassador Bridge, each very important business routes between Canada and the U.S.

Later within the week, the fee will hear from RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki and different Mounties.

Some of Lucki’s texts along with her Ontario Provincial Police counterpart have been offered to the fee already.

She wrote that the federal authorities was already shedding confidence within the Ottawa police only one week into the protests.

“Between you and I solely, (Government of Canada) is shedding (or) misplaced confidence in OPS, we gotta get to protected motion (or) enforcement,” Lucki texted OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique.

“‘Cause in the event that they go the Emergency Measures Act, you or (I) could also be introduced into lead, not one thing I would like.”

Jody Thomas, nationwide safety and intelligence adviser to the prime minister, arrives on the West Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki (the highest Mountie in Alberta), the RCMP’s head of federal policing Michael Duheme and former head of the Canada Border Services Agency John Ossowski are additionally on the witness listing.

In its penultimate week, the fee may even hear from Jody Thomas, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s nationwide safety intelligence adviser, who has publicly defended the choice to make use of the act.

She advised a March 10 safety and defence convention that protesters have been “dug in” and “there isn’t any doubt [they] got here to overthrow the federal government.”

In order to declare a public order emergency, the Emergencies Act requires that there be “an emergency that arises from threats to the safety of Canada which might be so severe as to be a nationwide emergency.”

Witnesses rounding out the week embody:

  • Michael Keenan, deputy minister at Transport Canada.

  • Christian Dea, chief economist at Transport Canada.

  • Michael Sabia, deputy minister on the Department of Finance Canada.

  • Rhys Mendes, assistant deputy minister on the Department of Finance Canada.

  • Isabelle Jacques, assistant deputy minister on the Department of Finance Canada.

  • Jacquie Bogden, deputy secretary to the cupboard on emergency preparedness and COVID restoration.

  • Janice Charette, clerk of the Privy Council.

  • Nathalie Drouin, deputy clerk of the Privy Council 

The fee finishes listening to from witnesses on Nov. 25.

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino, Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair and Prime Minister Trudeau will all testify within the ultimate week.

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