The commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) testified on Thursday at the public inquiry into the Liberal government’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act to clear out “Freedom Convoy” protests earlier this year in Ottawa.
The testimony by Thomas Carrique canvassed how the provincial police force prepared for the protests against COVID-19 mandates and whether they posed a threat to national security.
Carrique told the House of Commons public safety committee in March the OPP’s intelligence unit had identified the Ottawa protest as a “threat to national security” about a week after heavy trucks arrived in the capital city.
But the head of the intelligence unit, Supt. Pat Morris, told the public inquiry last week there was never any “credible” information showing a direct threat to national security and they “weren’t seeing a lot” of extremism.
The inquiry’s ultimate goal is to examine the federal government’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act three weeks into the crisis, and report on whether the unprecedented move was warranted.
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