Trudeau Announces End to Emergency Powers

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revoked the emergency powers he invoked over a week ago to end a weeks-long anti-government protest.

“We’re ready to confirm that the situation is no longer an emergency. Therefore, the federal government will be ending the use of the Emergencies Act. We are confident that existing laws and bylaws are now sufficient to keep people safe,” Trudeau said on Wednesday.

Trudeau also defended his decision to invoke the Act, stressing that under the law, an investigation of the circumstances that led to its use would be held.

Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act on February 14 to aid law enforcement agencies to end the protests, vowing that its use would be “time-limited, geographically-targeted, as well as reasonable and proportionate to the threats they are meant to address.”

Late last week, Ottawa police began an operation to disperse the downtown occupation, setting up about 100 checkpoints in the area and towing dozens of big rigs and other vehicles off the streets.

On Tuesday, the streets outside Parliament Hill were largely empty, but police continued to maintain a heavy presence in the city center.

Previously, a large group of Canadian truckers and their supporters converged on the Canadian capital late last month as part of the so-called “Freedom Convoy,” calling for an end to all coronavirus measures in Canada and for the government to be removed.

For three weeks, the convoy blared their horns and blocked streets around Parliament Hill in what residents denounced as an “occupation.”

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