THINGS TO KNOW
Here are a few points that you should make when speaking with and writing to your MP:
1. Section 3 of the Emergencies Act spells out the circumstances under which it may be invoked. These are:
a. A national emergency that seriously endangers the lives, health or safety of Canadians and is of such proportions or nature as to exceed the capacity or
authority of a province to deal with it, or
b. A national emergency that seriously threatens the ability of the Government of Canada to preserve the sovereignty, security, and territorial integrity of
Neither of these conditions are met.
2. Accusations of widespread intimidation and violence on the part of convoy participants, or of racist or homophobic behaviour, are utterly false. They were first made by Mr. Trudeau and other government leaders to marginalize and vilify convoy participants and have since been repeated by so-called journalists who simply repackage what they have read from other sources without verifying the facts for themselves.
3. The Freedom Convoy has been both very peaceful and cooperative, with a dramatic decrease in crime rates in Ottawa since the Convoy arrived, and no acts of violence ascribable to any of the Ottawa Convoy participants and having complied with numerous requests made of the Convoy to address concerns raised by the citizens of Ottawa.
4. The Canadian Charter of Right and Freedoms guarantees “Fundamental Freedoms” including “freedom of peaceful assembly; and freedom of association” (Section 2 of the Constitution).
5. The issue before Canadians is no longer just one of eliminating COVID-related restrictions (as important as that is). By invoking the federal Emergencies Act in the complete absence of any reasonable justification, Justin Trudeau is setting a dangerous precedent that threatens the right of all Canadians to peaceful assembly and association/ protest.