Trudeau Doubles Down on Use of Emergencies Act After Ottawa Protest Cleared

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government will continue pursuing the Emergencies Act, even though the protesters have now largely been cleared from downtown Ottawa, and the blockades at several Canada–U.S. border crossings were cleared and had been reopened since before the act was invoked.

At a press conference on Feb. 21, Trudeau used pointed language concerning the protesters opposed to federal COVID-19 mandates who had camped in downtown Ottawa over the past three weeks.

More than once, he referenced “misinformation and disinformation” in society when discussing justification for his use of the act.

“We didn’t want to use the Emergencies Act,” Trudeau said.

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