Deputy PM Freeland will appear before the Emergency Act inquiry today IG News

Irshadgul News report,

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland will appear today before an inquiry into the government’s use of the Emergency Situations Act in response to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate protests last winter.

Several members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s staff are also set to testify, including Trudeau’s chief of staff, Katie Telford. Telford will be joined by deputy chief of staff Brian Clough and Trudeau’s policy director John Brodhead.

The three staffers will offer a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the Prime Minister’s Office and face questions about the deliberations made in invoking the Emergency Act.

As finance minister, Freeland could field questions about the economic effects of the protests and the decision to give emergency powers to officials to stabilize the finances of those involved in the protests.

Figures presented to the inquiry last week suggested that around $8 million in assets in around 280 bank accounts had been frozen due to the emergency measures.

Isabel Jacques, assistant deputy minister at the Department of Finance, told the inquiry that the goal of freezing assets was to prevent people from engaging in illegal protests and to encourage others to return home.

But Brendan Miller, a lawyer for some of the protest organizers, argued under cross-examination that the order to freeze the accounts was an act of redundancy and that halting fundraising on the crowdfunding platform violated the Canadian right to freedom of expression.

blockade cost billions of dollars

Earlier this month, Transport Canada heard that the investigation estimated that up to Trade activity worth $3.9 billion was halted due to border barriers across the country related to the convoy protests.

At various points in early 2022, protesters blocked border crossings across the Pacific Highway in Windsor, Ontario, the small town of Coates, Alta., Emerson, Maine, and Surrey, BC.

Transport Canada estimates that the blockade of the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor has stalled an estimated $2.3 billion in business.

in March, Retail analysts said total economic loss Trucks and protesters occupied the streets of Ottawa for 23 days, for which the blockade could range from approximately $44 million to $200 million.

Estimates presented at Ottawa City Hall suggest $37 million in damage to city coffers because of the protests.

According to a CBC Access to Information request, the RCMP spent more than $1.6 million during the Freedom Convoy in Ottawa.

The documents also revealed the force spent $1.2 million on police protests in Alberta, mostly along the US border in Cotts.

Freeland will be the seventh federal minister to appear at the inquiry this week and the last before Trudeau gives his much-anticipated testimony.


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