Trudeau: 'Even Though The Blockades Are Lifted... This State of Emergency is Not Over'

Chris Menahan
Feb. 21, 2022

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that "even though the blockades are lifted across border openings" the "state of emergency is not over."

When Trudeau invoked the War Powers-based "Emergency Act" last week, he promised the measures would "be time-limited, geographically-targeted, as well as reasonable and proportionate to the threats they are meant to address."

He's now working to make the powers permanent.

On Friday, finance minister Chrystia Freeland said they're taking steps to make "some" of the "tools" used to "act against" protesters permanent.

"We used all the tools that we had prior to the invocation of the Emergencies Act and we determined we needed some additional tools," Freeland said. "Some of those tools we will be putting forward measures to put those tools permanently in place. The authorities of FINTRAC, I believe, do need to be expanded to cover crowdsourcing platforms and payment platforms."

Freeland said Monday that "the way to get your [bank] account unfrozen is to stop being part" of the protests.

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