As he testified before a commission looking into his government’s use of a rare emergency power to put down anti-government protests, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday that local police did not show they had the ability to keep so-called “Freedom Convoy” protests in early 2022 “under control.”
People opposed to the government’s public health initiatives, such as vaccine mandates used to battle the coronavirus pandemic, protested for two and a half weeks between January and February, closing down the nation’s capital and several border crossings.
The accounts of those thought to be supporting the convoy’s cause could be temporarily frozen by financial institutions, and the government could hire towing services to remove blockades.
The Public Order Emergency Commission has been receiving testimony from police and government witnesses regarding the causes of and justifications for the deployment of the act for weeks.
A campaign opposing public health policies, such as vaccine requirements intended to combat the coronavirus pandemic, gave rise to the so-called “Freedom Convoy.” However, the complaints of its participants went beyond that, and some demanded the overthrow of Canada’s government.