Just two days after the Canadian Parliament voted to uphold his unprecedented use of the Emergencies Act, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon that he has revoked the measure completely.
The sudden decision to give up his emergency powers, which were set to remain for at least the next three weeks, is an unexpected one, to say the least. After all, Trudeau has employed the Emergencies Act for the past 10 days and has utilized the near-limitless powers to terrorize and harass the grassroots trucker convoy protests, so it’s not like he had a sudden change of heart.
However, Trudeau now says that the “emergency” is over. So, what changed over the past 48 hours?
Trudeau announced the decision:
“We’re ready to confirm the situation is no longer an emergency. Therefore, the federal government will be ending the use of the Emergencies Act. We are confident that existing laws and bylaws are now sufficient to keep people safe. of course, we will continue to be there to support provincial and local authorities if and when needed.”
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UPDATE: According to reports, Trudeau did not have enough support to uphold his use of the Emergencies Act in the Senate, which was set to vote on the matter tonight. So, apparently, in order to save himself the embarrassment, Trudeau caved in and announced he was revoking the act.
Even one of Trudeau’s hand-picked Senators, Pierre Dalphond, turned on him earlier today, saying he would not vote for the act over concerns about how Trudeau was abusing his near-limitless powers to violate citizen’s charter rights.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.