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castanet.net 12 May, 2022 18:15 am

Repeal of mandatory minimum sentences questioned

Repeal of mandatory minimum sentences questioned
One of the first terms I became familiar with when first elected as a Member of Parliament, was the “Ottawa bubble”.

MP welcomes inquiry into government's use of the Emergencies Act Emergencies Act inquiry Photo: Contributed Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola MP Dan Albas As both interest rates and inflation continue to rise and negatively impact many households here in our region, I doubt there is much attention on the current discussion in Ottawa over the Trudeau Liberals invoking of the Emergencies Act earlier this year.16, column, I explained the Emergencies Act is the replacement for the former War Measures Act.The replacement Emergencies Act had never been used until Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked it, claiming it was the only way to end the truck protests occurring in Ottawa in February.As the Canadian Civil Liberties Association described it: “The Emergencies Act can only be invoked when a situation ‘seriously threatens the ability of the Government of Canada to preserve the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of Canada’ and when the situation ‘cannot be effectively dealt with under any other law of Canada.

To be clear, invoking the Emergencies Act is the most serious action a Canadian government can take against its own citizens.During the Emergencies Act debate in the House of Commons, close to a dozen Liberal MPs, as well as many NDP MPs, claimed an act of “attempted arson” on behalf of the protestors was part of their justification to vote for invoking the act.

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