Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thought he crushed the Freedom Convoy.
But Trudeau and his allies got some bad news.
And the Freedom Convoy just scored a victory that no one saw coming.
Prime Minister Trudeau invoked the 1988 Emergencies Act to declare martial law and seize power to arrest protesters without any evidence and to freeze their bank accounts and steal their money.
But eight days later in the face of an outcry about an autocratic assault on civil liberties Prime Minister Trudeau backed down and revoked the Emergencies Act.
“The situation is no longer an emergency. Therefore, the federal government will be ending the use of the Emergencies Act,” Trudeau stated. “We are confident that existing laws and bylaws are sufficient to keep people safe.”
This about-face came days after the Trudeau government said the emergency could last indefinitely and that it would be necessary to keep martial law in place because the protesters could return at any moment.
Freedom Convoy protesters engaged in civil disobedience blocking roads around the parliament buildings in Ottawa.
But there was no violence and the Emergencies Act was designed to be invoked in a mass casualty episode.
And even in defeat, Trudeau tried to once again falsely claim the situation necessitated martial law and unlimited police power.
“People were being harassed. Small businesses were closing. Factories were shutting down, and trade was halted at our borders,” Prime Minister Trudeau claimed. “Here in Ottawa and in other places in the country. There was evidence of individuals wanting to undermine and even harm Canada’s democracy.”
Trudeau won a narrow 185 to 151 vote on invoking the Emergencies Act in Parliament.
But Trudeau faced a hostile Senate prepared to grill him on forcing Canadians to live under martial law indefinitely.
Justin Trudeau is not being upfront about his motives for invoking the Emergencies Act, anymore than is his point man in the Senate @SenMarcGold about its impact on Canadians and our civil liberties. pic.twitter.com/j2ocqDOhyz
— Senator Leo Housakos (@SenatorHousakos) February 22, 2022
Prime Minister Trudeau also faced a serious legal challenge from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association over Trudeau illegally invoking the Emergencies Act.
While liberals and the corporate media initially cheered Prime Minister Trudeau canceling democracy and imposing martial law to crush a working-class protest against tyrannical COVID mandates, Trudeau backed down much quicker than anyone anticipated.
The Freedom Convoy won multiple victories in the protest.
Provinces across Canada dropped their vaccine passport systems and COVID mandates.
And in the end, Trudeau walked back his attempt to assume indefinite dictatorial power in Canada.
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