Canada’s House of Commons Votes to Extend Emergency Powers for Trudeau, Continuing Police Crackdown

On Monday, the Canadian House of Commons voted to further extend emergency powers for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, allowing him to continue a vicious and controversial crackdown on peaceful protesters throughout the country.

As reported by Fox News, the chamber passed the resolution by a vote of 185 to 151, allowing Trudeau to continue unilaterally using the police to violently clear out peaceful protesters under the Emergencies Act. The stunning vote comes even after police had already cleared away the vast majority of protesters in the capital city of Ottawa, as well as reopening most of the major U.S.-Canada crossings that had been blocked by the protesters.

In arguing for an extension of the highly authoritarian powers, Trudeau used the excuse that there were still some protesters outside the capital city who he believes may attempt another blockade. His public safety minister claimed that protesters attempted to block a border crossing in British Columbia. Neither of them provided any evidence to back up their claims.

Some of the most radical members of Canada’s Parliament voiced their support for the ongoing crackdown by police. Jagmeet Singh, leader of the far-left New Democratic Party (NDP), said that protesters “need to be cleared out,” since he believes the protests to be “an attack on our democracy.”

“This is a group of folks who are very clearly connected to the extreme right wing,” Singh falsely claimed. “The organizers clearly have a goal in mind to undermine democracy. That’s something we can’t allow to continue.”

After Trudeau first invoked the Emergencies Act, Canadian police began brutally attacking unarmed peaceful protesters in the city of Ottawa, where protests had been ongoing since late January in opposition to nationwide vaccine mandates. Numerous viral videos captured images of police viciously beating protesters, trampling Canadian flags, and hitting cameras that were filming them. The violence culminated in an incident where horseback officers rampaged through a crowd of protesters, trampling a woman underneath. The video of the incident sparked global outrage and condemnation of both the police and Trudeau’s administration.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C) comments on the on going truckers mandate protest during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada on February 14, 2022. - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on February 14, 2022 invoked rarely-used emergency powers to bring an end to trucker-led protests against Covid health rules, after police arrested 11 people with a "cache of firearms" blocking a border crossing with the United States. (Photo by Dave Chan / AFP) (Photo by DAVE CHAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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