Trudeau invokes Emergencies Act

In a first, Canada has invoked the Emergencies Act.

Canadian Prime Minsiter Justin Trudeau announced on Monday February 14th, that his government would be invoking the Emergencies Act.

Trudeau said that the act will be used to protect critical infrastructure such as borders and airports from the blockades, and is creating time-limited powers that do not already exist, "I want to be very clear, the scope of these measures will be time-limited, geographically-targeted, as well as reasonable and proportionate to the threats they are meant to address. The Emergencies Act will be used to strengthen and support law enforcement agencies at all levels across the country.”

The Prime Minsiter made the announcement on alongside Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Justice Minister and Attorney General David Lametti, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino, and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair.

He added, "With each illegal blockade, local law enforcement agencies have been acting to keep the peace within their jurisdiction. Despite their best efforts, it is now clear that there are serious challenges to law enforcement's ability to effectively enforce the law."