On Tuesday, Justin Trudeau walked into Parliament much like Daniel walked into the lion’s den except Trudeau didn’t have God on his side. Or much of anyone else for that matter. His nazi-like crackdown on the truckers did not win him many fans as the members kept shouting down his attempts to defend the indefensible.
He read his talking points from his cheat sheets, but the words had no effect on the members and they peppered him with questions about the movement that has drawn attention and support worldwide. The speaker had to step in multiple times as the shouting kept drowning out the answers from Trudeau.
Conservative Party interim Leader Candice Bergen kicked off the battle royal as she questioned his use of the Emergencies Act, which she called an “unprecedented sledgehammer,” that he used against the truckers.
“The Prime Minister invoked the Emergencies Act and 24 hours in, there are more questions than answers. Questions about whether this is justified, questions around if the criteria is met, questions around what this means to Canadians’ rights and freedoms.
Parliamentary approval is required in order for the prime minister to use this unprecedented sledgehammer. So can the prime minister tell us when will parliament be debating this? Will it be coming to us on Friday? And does he expect that we will look at it Friday, but then rise, take a week off, and not actually deal with this until March?”
Trudeau could offer no justification for his actions and he replied:
“Mr. Speaker, after discussions with cabinet and caucus, after consultations with the premiers of all provinces and territories.
After, uh, conversation with opposition leaders, we decided to invoke, uh, the emergencies act… to supplement provincial and territorial capacity to address the blockades and occupations.
I want to be very clear, Mr. Speaker, the scope of these measures are time limited and geographically targeted. They are reasonable and proportionate to the threat they’re meant to address, and they are fully to be compliant with the charter of rights and freedoms to, uh, reassure all Canadians, uh, that this is the right thing to perform.”