Over the past week, many of you have contacted my offices to express your shock at the Prime Minister’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act. An Act that is supposed to be used for emergency situations that cannot be addressed through existing laws.
Like so many of you, I firmly believe that it is not needed, and the government already has all the tools they need under current Canadian laws.
The government has said it needs the new powers to deal with terrorist threats. Truck drivers and their families are not terrorists. They are Canadian citizens protesting, as is their right in a democracy, the Liberal government’s actions in dealing with COVID-19.
Not only that, but the Prime Minister made no effort to de-escalate the situation. Instead, he insulted and disrespected Canadians, and then instead of apologizing and listening to what people had to say, he jumped straight to the most extreme measures to deal with the protests.
Imposing powers of the Emergencies Act sets a dangerous precedent. The Government of Canada should not be able to require banks to freeze the accounts of people who don’t agree with them. This is a slippery slope and not how the government should operate in a free and democratic society.
As more Canadians learn about the Act, they are sounding the alarm bells. Organizations like the World Sikh Organization of Canada, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and the Canadian Constitution Foundation have all come out publicly against this Liberal overreach.
This is in addition to opposition from the governments of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.
Even after the Prime Minister reported that Ottawa’s streets were cleared, that the trucks were gone, and the borders were open, the Liberals and the NDP went ahead and voted in favour of allowing the use of the Emergencies Act to continue. A debate and vote now moves to the Senate.
My Conservative colleagues and I were proud to stand up for Canadians and vote against this government overreach as we continue to believe that the Emergencies Act is not required. It is why, immediately following the vote on Monday, our Interim Leader Candice Bergen gave notice of a motion to revoke the Prime Minister’s emergency.
As I said in my speech during the debate, are a bunch of truckers or peaceful, freedom-loving Canadians the problem today? They are not. The Prime Minister and his Emergencies Act is, and it needs to be defeated.
My Conservative colleagues and I will be relentless in our fight to hold the Liberals to account for their continued overreach and abuses of power.
Written by MP Bob Zimmer
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