The RCMP commissioner says that nary powers granted by the invoking of the Emergencies Act were utilized to wide the borderline blockades successful February.
“In RCMP jurisdiction, we successfully utilized a measured attack and existing authorities to resoluteness borderline blockades,” Commissioner Brenda Lucki told the peculiar associated committee of parliamentarians reviewing the declaration of exigency connected May 10.
After truckers from the Freedom Convoy arrived successful Ottawa connected Jan. 29 to request the lifting of COVID-19 mandates and restrictions, solidarity borderline blockades started appearing crossed the state successful B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act for the archetypal clip connected Feb. 14 to region the protests and blockades, citing the economical harm they were inflicting connected the country.
“The blockades are harming our system and endangering nationalist safety. Critical proviso chains person been disrupted. This is hurting workers who trust connected these jobs to provender their families,” Trudeau said astatine the time.
The blockade astatine the Pacific Highway borderline crossing successful Surrey, B.C., was cleared by the RCMP connected Feb. 14.
Protesters astatine the Coutts borderline crossing successful Alberta voluntarily near the tract connected the greeting of Feb. 15.
Protesters astatine the Emerson borderline crossing successful Manitoba near connected Feb. 16 aft negotiating with constabulary that nary arrests would beryllium made.
The astir costly enactment for Canada-U.S. commercialized was the blockade astatine the Ambassador Bridge successful Windsor, but that enactment was not nether RCMP jurisdiction and it was cleared by constabulary connected Feb. 13, a time earlier the nationalist bid exigency was declared.
If the RCMP did not request to usage powers granted by the act, specified arsenic the quality to designate no-protest zones, compel towing companies to region vehicles, oregon frost protesters’ fiscal accounts, Lucki said the enactment had a deterring effect connected participants.
“We often personally heard from radical saying ‘I’m leaving, due to the fact that I don’t privation my relationship to get frozen oregon I’m leaving due to the fact that I don’t privation my motortruck to beryllium towed,’” she told the committee.
Lucki said the powerfulness to compel towing companies would person been utile successful Coutts to region vehicles had the enactment been invoked earlier, but she said the state yet bought its ain tow trucks to bash the work.
The commissioner said the powers granted by the enactment were utile successful clearing the three-week trucker-led civilian objection successful Ottawa.
“It gave america a batch of powers to enactment done that enforcement the safest mode imaginable to support the information of Canadians and constabulary officers,” she said.
The clearing cognition of the Freedom Convoy protestation started connected Feb. 18 with a monolithic deployment of constabulary officers, with immoderate dressed successful afloat military-style cogwheel and making arrests astatine gunpoint, and others connected horseback trampling astatine 1 constituent immoderate protesters.
After a play of enforcement the protestation was cleared and the authorities revoked the nationalist bid exigency connected Feb. 23. Two days earlier the Liberals had subjected the House of Commons to a ballot of assurance connected the issue.
The Canadian Press contributed to this report.