Liberal cabinet ministers deemed last winter’s “Freedom Convoy” protests a threat to national security, despite warnings from the federal intelligence agency that threshold under the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) Act was not met, an inquiry into the use of the Emergencies Act learned Monday.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the act on Feb. 14, arguing its temporary and extraordinary powers were needed to end blockades in Ottawa and at border crossings.
The legislation says a public order emergency is one that comes from a “serious threat to the security of Canada, as defined by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act.” The definition includes espionage or sabotage of Canada’s interests, foreign-influenced activities, or the violent overthrow of the government.
The Public Order Emergency Commission, which is holding hearings in Ottawa until Nov. 25, is tasked with determining whether the government was justified in enacting the legislation.
00:00:00 – Testimony begins for Rob Stewart and Dominic Rochon
03:05:34 – Cross-examination for witnesses begins
03:23:40 – Break
04:28:41 – Cross-examination of witnesses continues
07:05:00 – Break
07:22:22 – Cross-examination of witnesses resume
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