Convoy blockades: Canadian MPs pass vote on Emergencies Act

Ottawa: Canada’s House of Commons voted to pass the federal government’s use of the Emergencies Act in response to the convoy blockades in Ottawa and at border crossings.

The 185-151 vote was on a motion put forward by the Liberal government that outlined its decision to invoke the never-before-used emergency powers after weeks-long demonstrations dubbed the “Freedom Convoy 2022”, reports Xinhua news agency.

Since late January, Canadian truck drivers have been rallying against the government’s Covid-19 vaccine mandates, as the truckers were requested to be fully vaccinated for crossing the border into the US.

After being joined by thousands of pedestrian protesters, the rally then turned into demonstrations against the government’s overall restrictive measures during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Before voting, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked all MPs to “stand up for Canada”, saying, “local and provincial authorities needed more tools to restore order and keep people safe”.

The Emergencies Act can grant temporary additional and necessary powers to the federal government.

“The situation is not something anyone wanted,” he said, adding: “We didn’t want to use the Emergencies Act, it’s never something to turn to without serious consideration,” Trudeau said.

He warned that there are real concerns about the coming days, saying “this state of emergency is not over”.

An increased police presence, as well as police checkpoints, will remain in place in the coming days, said the police.

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