It really was. So the Emergencies Act was invoked. And then a funny thing happened.
Parliament, poor sleepy Parliament, finally convened, as was necessary to give the required consent to this historic action. In the Commons, Trudeau and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh unfolded the tableau of horrors that would result if invocation of the act was not confirmed. Whether there were references to France in 1789, or Russia in 1917, or to various South American countries where they have revolutions almost every week, I cannot confirm. But surely, from the gravity of Trudeau’s and Singh’s presentations, nothing less could be expected.
Canada was at the melting point. And the invocation was approved in the lower chamber. From there it was on to the higher, the Senate. And lo, as the bible often has it, it never really made it there. Before the sage Upper House could even get its chance to gnaw and jaw — WhamO! — it was cancelled, annulled, torpedoed, countermanded and abandoned.
Poof! Trudeau called it off before the Senate could vote this down. This allowed the increased powers given to law enforcement NATIONALLY to remain in place. The Emergencies Act was revoked even before its invocation was, legislatively, confirmed. It sank before it could swim. It had less life than a political promise.
Emergency over. Danger passed. Peril averted. Crisis collapsed. Canada saved. Insurrection interruptus?
The invasion of so many civil liberties must not be allowed to dip into oblivion just because the PM dropped his emergency rhetoric
Meantime the “briefest imposition of an emergency state since 1945” must not be left unexplored, and the invasion of so many civil liberties, especially the freezing of bank accounts and the banks’ co-operation in this matter, must not be allowed to dip into oblivion, just because Trudeau dropped the emergency rhetoric almost as swiftly and strangely as he adopted it in the first place.