Canadian Senator: Trudeau Revoked Emergencies Act as Senate Leaned Towards Disapproval
The government’s representative in the Senate could not answer a simple question: “What exactly happened that the government decided to invoke the act?”
Canadian Senator David Wells tweeted a thread confirming what we already thought: Trudeau revoked the Emergencies Act because he knew the Senate would not approve.
So here’s what happened on the #EmergenciesAct in @SenateCA today: speeches were going ~50/50 for & against. Solid legal arguments were presented against the Act and emotional ones presented for the Act…#unityconvoy #cdnpoli #nlpoli #freedomconvoy22
— Senator David Wells (@wellsdavid) February 24, 2022
Cabinet ministers and the gov senate leader started calling senators to assess support for continuation of the Act. The numbers weren’t looking good – suggestions of around 45 against – despite most of the senators being Trudeau appointees. That’s when the decision was made and…
— Senator David Wells (@wellsdavid) February 24, 2022
a hastily called news conference was arranged. The government saw the writing on the wall and pulled the plug. This is a huge victory for Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms and for the people of Canada. I was voting NO, btw. See my speech here: https://t.co/qBTw8g9Ef8
— Senator David Wells (@wellsdavid) February 24, 2022
The Canadian Senate is not like our Senate. Trudeau appointed 70% of the senators. The senator does not leave until they hit 75, which is the mandatory retirement age. There is a list of ways the government can kick out a senator.
Trudeau appointed Senator Pierre Dalphond, an independent senator affiliated with the Progressive Senate Group, said he would vote against the Emergencies Act:
“I have decided to vote against the motion to authorize the continuation of the state of emergency, out of concern about the lack of judicial oversight in the freezing of assets.
“I acknowledge the ordeal inflicted on residents and businesses of downtown Ottawa for over three weeks. Their nightmare has been the result of illegal acts and I thank police services involved for their professionalism in dismantling the illegal occupation and blockades,” read the statement.
“Now that the rule of law has been restored in Ottawa and elsewhere in Canada, do we need to continue the application of the Emergencies Act and the related extraordinary powers granted by the Emergency Measures Regulations and the Emergency Economic Measures Order?
“The Order was described as the powerful new tool arising from the use of the Emergencies Act. It authorizes seizing financial assets at state instigation without any form of prior judicial authorization. The individuals and organizations targeted do not have the right to receive a copy of the information provided by the RCMP or CSIS to the financial institutions. It does not provide for a mechanism to challenge the allegations, or to force a release of the seizure. The Order is silent about future use of information gathered and provided to financial institutions,” he said.
Delphond found the drafted Emergencies Acts violated “section 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which reads: ‘Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure.’”
Senators grilled Marc Gold, the government’s representative in the Senate, before Trudeau pulled the plug on the Emergencies Act.
The senators felt pressured to “rubber stamp” the Emergencies Act despite Trudeau and his patsies withholding information:
Many of them wanted to know on what basis the government decided to invoke the Emergencies Act in the first place. That information has not been made available to Parliament, most notably ongoing investigations and intelligence information.
Senator Dennis Glen Patterson, who left the Conservative Senators Group in protest over some members’ support of the so-called Freedom Convoy, said: “there is a certain amount of ‘trust us’ in the government’s justification of these extreme measures.”
Senator Patterson, who has since joined the Canadian Senators Group, worried that the joint parliamentary review committee would not have access to the unredacted security information to determine if the enactment of the Act was absolutely necessary.
Conservative Senator Elizabeth Marshall asked Gold, “What exactly happened that the government decided to invoke the act?”
Marshall noted that “it seemed like for three or four weeks, there was nothing, they were just tolerating it.” She also wanted to know why the government was “so late in assessing this monumental threat that they’re talking about.”
Gold insisted that she should not “assume that the government was not aware of the threats, nor is it correct to assume that the government didn’t share its concerns about the threats.”
But Gold, again, said he could not provide details: “What is equally clear, as we all know, and as I stated in response to an earlier question, that I cannot share, and the government cannot share and should not share the intelligence that it may have received that helped inform their decision.”
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Double secret probation.
We need you guys to vote to confirm an unprecedented use of power but we can’t tell you why…..
Anyone who still thinks “more democracy=good” a senate/upper house of parliament is a deliberative body that exists explicitly to obstruct pure democracy.
Thanks Canadian senate your fight against fascism is ours thank you.
Except an executive wonk shouldn’t be able to pack a Senate.
The number of Canadian senators is fixed, and you can’t argue they didn’t do their job they just defeated imposition of fascism via elections (specifically the election of Trudeau).
Justin saw the writing on the wall and reversed course, plus he was looking too ‘Putin-ish’ while Putin is busy being himself. Can’t claim the moral high ground and join other Western leaders in condemning Russia looking like what you condemn.
It was the banks, he got his orders
He got the immediate outcome he wanted, so we withdrew before he could be voted down. This saves it for later if he wants to use again on false pretenses. Now he knows, he has a few days to act like a complete fascist before the legislature can do anything about it.
It might be prudent for the Senate to formally vote their disapproval of Trudeau’s actions. That will establish the formal rebuke and formally override whatever actions were taken in the few days it was in effect and waiting parliamentary approval.
As if it’s strange for leftists to condemn something while already being guilty of it themselves. They lack all self-awareness.
A willing news media helps that along.
Yeah, that whole “consent of the Governed” and “God given” rights dealio is so 18th century and just inconvenient. Let’s just go with the tanks, jets, and bayonets.
Look, I’m not going to take a victory lap for pointing out that Canada had a bicameral legislature, and that nothing the House of Commons passed could become law until the Senate approved it. OF COURSE the PM’s signature was a forgone conclusion. Still, the largely ceremonial Senate had to act, and what I was saying was, it wasn’t a done deal. It was a small hope. I figured the Senate would cave. And then there was the Supreme Court of Canada, but, well. If you have faith in the courts I give you the Taney decision in Dred Scott.
What’s more important is, are we going give in to the idea that our rights are merely allowances granted by our governments? What happened north, for most of us (shout out to the Alaskans), of our border wasn’t about vaccinations. It was about mandates. The stupid people didn’t understand. You can riot for more government. But you can not peacefully assemble to ask for less. Send in the trampling horses!*
Our rights our now increasingly thought of and taught of as somethig granted by government. I’ll link it I need to, but do I need to? If we want to get back to normal;, bend over and take the anal swab. Do what we are told. Do I really have to link to the receipts that show the Covid totalitarians thought this was the moment to let their freak flag fly?
How many more lessons do you need, to learn that the wolf is at the door?
I asterisked the trampling horses because a horse will not naturally trample person. I’m just guessing, but those horses are visored/blinded.
“It authorizes seizing financial assets at state instigation without any form of prior judicial authorization. The individuals and organizations targeted do not have the right to receive a copy of the information provided by the RCMP or CSIS to the financial institutions. It does not provide for a mechanism to challenge the allegations, or to force a release of the seizure.”
So in what parallel universe was it EVER possible for a legislature to look at this bill and say, “looks all right to me!”?
Especially given that it’s clearly prima facie unconstitutional. Blatant!
Legislators are supposed to know their constitution, aren’t they? Especially the parts having to do with people’s rights?
Just like civil asset forfeiture here in the States.
I suspect that it was a combination of more resistance than the Maple Mussolini expected in the Senate and a very real [and very unpublicized bank run. The part people noticed was people lining up to withdraw their accounts in banks, and extra deliveries of cash having to be made to the banks. And in some cases limitations on withdrawals, which did not go over well. That was a common story online last night.
A less public run was pointed out to me by someone on another site. YHS is American of Chinese ancestry. I and my family used to love going to Vancouver, BC and Vancouver Island. both for the Asian neighborhoods and markets [the oldest Chinatown in North America is in Victoria on the Island] and the beauty of the area. We seriously considered retiring to there for a while.
The last time we were there, a huge area that used to be farmland south of Vancouver was a highly populous built up suburb, mostly Chinese. Vancouver has been the refuge of maybe a million or more prosperous Chinese from Hong Kong before they were crushed by the CCP and from Guangzhou. And they brought hundreds of millions of dollars, smuggled, with them usually as cash and later put in banks when they got there.
Chinese, and to be honest anyone, fleeing the communists are rightfully paranoid about government stealing their wealth. I would bet dollars to dim sum that a whole lot of money got pulled out of banks at one time, not in cash necessarily but in transfers to . . . other institutions not necessarily in Canada. I don’t think it is coming back soon.
I know that I would not trust anything Canadian again.
Yep, by withdrawing it before it’s voted down he saves it for later.
Canadians need to stay on top of this, raise hell until, 1) all the seized money is returned, 2) the law is reigned in, 3) that they take Trudeau’s scalp is taken.
Canada is a two-tier society: the upper middle class to upper class, and everyone else. The ‘uppers’ hold everyone else in utter contempt. It’s always been that way.
It’s no different than in America, except for the Constitution, Federalism and the 2A. But they’re trying. Their only stumble was allowing Biden’s puppeteers to gorge at the leftist trough too soon.
Then there’s the like of Pete Butt-head, the Kamala Harris of cabinet members:
Buttigieg’s mayoral campaign donors scored $33M in city contracts:
I read that the Canadian senators became privy to some internal Trudeau communications indicating that it was a political emergency, not a national emergency.
F*** the Canadians. I can play chess. Can you?
You can see the smog from China from the Bering Sea.
Here’s my chart of major ice breakers among the world’s navies
We’re f****g Denmak.
All respect to Denmark.
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All hail the Danish Dog Patrol of Denmark. I’d give my left nut to work with those dogs. And get issued the Enfield rifle and pistols just in case they run into polar bears. But still, we’re America
Isn’t it amazing that freedom is so important for the Ukraine?
Last week it was a code word for white supremacy in Canada.
That’s worthy of a Jack Prosobiec tweet.
Trudeau shore is purty.
Trudeau has implied that the emergency powers and changes to the law the government made after invoking the act will remain after he withdraws from it. That shouldn’t be so, but I have little doubt that Trudeau will at least attempt to do it. I don’t recall Trudeau withdrawing the national covid rules or powers either, all the rescissions are provincial.