Trudeau Says He Expects Police to Prevent a Freedom Convoy Repeat as Planning Is Under Way

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A week aft testifying earlier the Emergencies Act inquiry, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said connected Dec. 2 helium expects constabulary volition instrumentality the due measures to forestall a repetition of the Freedom Convoy arsenic readying for a caller iteration is nether way.

“I deliberation we person learned a lot, and I deliberation constabulary corps crossed the state person learned a batch astir what happened past February,” Trudeau said during a property league successful Richmond, B.C.

“I’m expecting that the tools constabulary person astatine their disposal are enactment successful spot to marque definite there’s nary repetition of the concern which wounded galore radical successful the past year,” helium added, successful effect to a reporter’s question astir whether he’s putting speech from the get-go the thought of invoking the act.

The question came arsenic immoderate of the aforesaid characters that were progressive successful the readying of past winter’s events person already marked their calendars.

Trucker James Bauder, who besides testified earlier the enquiry successful the past fewer weeks, is readying a convoy to caput towards Ottawa successful February, but the volition is to stay extracurricular the city.

“We can’t person a convoy successful Ottawa, nor bash we ever privation to bash a repetition of parking each our vehicles and everything other downtown, that’s conscionable not going to happen,” Bauder told the Western Standard.

The program is to person a festival extracurricular the metropolis with immoderate activities astatine Parliament Hill specified arsenic speeches and a candlelight vigil, helium said.

Trudeau National Security and Intelligence Advisor Jody Thomas told the associated parliamentary committee reviewing the Emergencies Act connected Dec. 1 that national officials person started gathering to sermon the Freedom Convoy 2.0.

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is besides alert of what is being posted connected societal media astir the event, according to CTV News.

While Trudeau mentioned his anticipation that constabulary volition beryllium capable to forestall a repetition of this year’s events, helium said radical person the close to protest.

“I deliberation it’s important to underscore that we perfectly expect that Canadians person the state to explicit themselves, to disagree with policies, to demonstrate—it’s highly important, it’s portion of our democracy,” helium said.

“We’ll ever promote radical to marque themselves heard, but they can’t bash it successful a mode that hurts different citizens, and that’s what we’re expecting constabulary from jurisdiction volition manage.”

The Trudeau authorities invoked the Emergencies Act connected Feb. 14 to wide cross-country protests and blockades demanding the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

The protests were not deemed a nationalist information menace by national and provincial information agencies.

Six weeks of nationalist hearings astatine the enquiry person besides revealed that fundamentally the lone powers that were utilized to wide the Ottawa protestation were the freezing of fiscal accounts of protesters and the accelerated swearing-in of constabulary officers.

Tow trucks were not compelled by the enactment and the no-go portion perimeter was established by the OPS nether mean authorities, the enquiry heard.

Other protests and blockades had been resolved earlier the enactment was invoked oregon cleared voluntarily aft the invocation.

The Canadian Press contributed to this report.

Noé Chartier

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