Justice Minister enquired about Emergencies Act two days into Freedom Convoy protest
Text messages revealed at the Emergenices Act inquiry shed light into how frustrated the justice minister was at the \u0027occupation.\u0027
This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.Social Sharing Head of CSIS said he sought advice on act's definition of 'threat to the security of Canada'.Back to video Lametti testified that staff in his department began thinking about the possibility of using the legislation in late January.Back to video Lametti’s testimony is expected first, but the federal attorney general’s answers may be restrained by solicitor-client privilege, which he cited earlier this year when giving testimony at a parliamentary committee studying the same issue.
Article content Two days after Freedom Convoy protesters first arrived in Ottawa on Jan.28, Lametti asked Steinhouse if the government had a “contingency” for the trucks to be “removed” within the next two days.“What normative authority do we have or is some order needed? EA?,” he asked, referring to the Emergencies Act.Email Address There was an error, please provide a valid email address.Lametti was asked by commission lawyer Gordon Cameron what he meant by that, noting that this was only the third day of protests “and your mind goes straight to the Emergencies Act.” “I was being prudent,” Lametti explained.Postmedia Network Inc.
“I knew that we had to begin thinking about it, whether or not it was ever going to be an option.Postmedia Network Inc.” The commission also saw another set of messages from Feb.4, where a meeting among justice department officials to discuss the Emergencies Act was being discussed.Advertisement 4 This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.The next issue of Corner Kicks with Derek Van Diest will soon be in your inbox.Article content Lametti said those meetings weren’t about invoking the act or even discussing, but about how it would work and what it could do.Please try again Article content Anand is likely to face questions about Alberta’s request for help from the Canadian Armed Forces to handle a border blockade in Coutts, though the military was not brought in as part of the emergency powers.
“It was about preparing for the possibility not preparing for in any way for the introduction of the act.” Lametti was asked to explain one of the central issues of the inquiry, which is how the government decided that the convoy protests presented a threat to the security of Canada as defined under the CSIS act, despite CSIS stating it never found one.Before his testimony began, a lawyer for the federal government cautioned that Lametti would be limited in what evidence he can provide because he is also the attorney general and the government has not waived solicitor-client privilege.He said the Emergencies Act may refer to the CSIS definition, but it leaves the decision in the hands of the cabinet and they can interpret it more broadly.“While it is the same standard of the same magnitude, interpretation of that standard is being done according to a wider set of criteria by a very different set of people with a different goal in mind,” he said.Advertisement 5 This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.Share this article in your social network Share this Story:.
Article content “Given a different decision maker, given a broader set of inputs, the very same words will not have a wider meaning, but can have a wider area of interpretation.” In his role as attorney general, Lametti is also the government’s chief lawyer.Previous witnesses have said there was a legal opinion that explained the government’s broader interpretation of the Emergencies Act, but Lametti said he couldn’t either confirm or deny if that was the case.He said he had to be absolute about protecting solicitor client privilege and refused to answer several questions with that justification in mind.“I would remind counsel this is a right that the Supreme Court of Canada has said is a quasi constitutional right.
It is fundamental for good governance.” Advertisement 6 This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.Article content Cameron also revealed a jarring message sent by Lametti to Mendicino from Feb.2, where the justice minister and attorney general of Canada tells his counterpart he needs to make police, and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) “if necessary,” move in on protesters.“You need to get the police to move.
And the CAF if necessary.Too many people are being seriously adversely impacted by what is an occupation.I am getting out as soon as I can,” Lametti wrote.Texts messages sent by Justice Minister David Lemetti on Jan.30 during the Freedom Convoy protests He then told Mendicino that people were looking at “us/you for leadership” and not unnamed “stupid people.
” Mendicino then responded with what appears to be a joking response asking, “how many tanks are you asking for”? “I reckon one will do!!,” Lametti responded.During his testimony, Lametti said that many of these exchanges were the result of “banter” between his “colleague and friend” Mendicino.Advertisement 7 This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.Article content But Cameron asked Lametti if, as the “chief law officer of the Crown,” he did not expect his “cabinet colleagues to place considerable weight on your view of the legal issues as it encountered the convoy?” Lametti responded that in some of those cases, he was speaking “more as cabinet colleague than a minister” and that he was “not speaking as Attorney General.” Lametti was also shown texts with Mendicino where he called former Ottawa Police chief Peter Sloly “incompetent.
” He eventually told Sloly’s lawyer he “walked that back” with the benefit of hindsight.“I felt personally threatened,” he said, describing how he was frustrated the protesters had become so entrenched in the city and his staff were being harassed.Watch the Emergencies Act inquiry live: Share this article in your social network Share this Story:.
Alternatives? Panic? Ad hoc? Knee-jerks? Caught with pants down? No thanks. Quite normal in government to explore ALL contingencies as an unusual event unfolds. IMHO this is a reasonable government planning activity. The writing was on the wall well before the clownvoy arrived. This was only about forcing the Federal Governments hand to act and then cry foul and overreach. The City and the Province were complicit even though it was a municipal/provincial policing issue.
Inquiry to probe legal advice government received on Emergencies Act as justice minister testifies | CBC NewsJustice Minister David Lametti is expected to field questions about the legal advice the federal government received before invoking the Emergencies Act to deal with anti-public health measure protests last winter when he testifies before the public inquiry later today. No justice will come to Canadians! Even found guilty what is going to happen nothing and they will continue extort and bring Nazism ideals in Canada which threatens peace loving Canadians way of life and is why country is in uproar today ! Govt shouldn’t be in your everyday life
Justice Minister began preparing for use of Emergencies Act days into convoy's arrivalJustice Minister David Lametti raised the idea of using the Emergencies Act several days after the protests began in Ottawa. Stop calling it a convoy, please. Convoys are usually armed and dangerous. Stop feeding this charade. Where’s the Justice in that, Mr Minister? Power tripping
WATCH LIVE: Justice, defence and transport ministers testify at Emergencies Act inquiryJustice Minister David Lametti, Defence Minister Anita Anand and Transport Minister Omar Alghabra are on the witness list. Watch live like puppets lies lies and more lies
WATCH LIVE: Justice, defence and transport ministers testify at Emergencies Act inquiryJustice Minister David Lametti, Defence Minister Anita Anand and Transport Minister Omar Alghabra are on the witness list. Watch live
Minister Bill Blair on the stand at Emergencies Act inquiryEmergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair is testifying before the Public Order Emergency Commission, speaking about his involvement in the federal government's response to the 'Freedom Convoy' protests. It won’t matter,he lies constantly and has been caught at it I'm sure this mushy headed zilch will be full of useful info. Lying Billy!
Here's what minister Bill Blair said on the stand at the Emergencies Act inquiryEmergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair was the first federal politician to take the stand before the Public Order Emergency Commission this week, speaking about his involvement in the federal government's response to the 'Freedom Convoy' protests and the decision to invoke the Emergencies Act. Here's some of the notable things Blair had to say during his testimony. Why don’t you tell me in your own words instead of saying “ here’s what minister Bill Blair said “ ? The messaging is simple. Canadian neighbors vs Canadian neighbors. One party used the Emergancy act against fellow Canadians to stomp out Canadians voices… i moved out… The same Bill Blair who ordered police to kettle and detain innocent people and used police provocateurs to incite violence or fabricate it so other officers could beat people at will like cowards behind a mask , gun and a badge. Then investigated twice by his own friends .