Trudeau Revokes Emergency Act: faces criticism
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has revoked the emergency act deployed in the state of Ottawa. He says the act can now be revoked as the situation has calmed down and the situation is under control.
“We are confident that existing laws and bylaws are now sufficient to keep people safe,” said Trudeau in a press release.
For the first time, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act last week, saying that police needed additional aid to terminate protests against COVID-19 restrictions in downtown Ottawa for weeks. The protests spread to key Canada-U.S. crossing points.
Trudeau announced on Wednesday evening that the threat is still there, but the situation has improved than before.
However, on Monday Trudeau that emergency action is still needed as the government fears that the blockade might still return.
Downtown Ottawa still is under heavy police surveillance. Throughout the weekend, there will be checkpoints throughout the central part of the city, near the parliamentary precincts and surrounding streets.
Conservative interim leader Candice Bergen is against this act of Trudeau and says that Trudeau invoked the emergency act for his political reasons and revoked it for the same.
Premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan agree that Trudeau should never have deployed the Emergency Act in the first place.