Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not prepared to relinquish new authorities he garnered after invoking his country’s “Emergencies Act” to quell the “Freedom Convoy” protest in Ottawa over the weekend.
He noted in a public statement that though the protests are disbanded and the truckers have been arrested and detained or sent home, some with frozen bank accounts, the state of emergency had not passed.
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“As I said, the Emergencies Act is not something to undertake lightly, and it’s something that needs to be momentary, temporary, and proportional. That’s why every single day, I am receiving briefings and we are reflecting on how much longer the Emergencies Act needs to be in place,” Trudeau explained.
“We don’t want to keep it in place a single day longer than necessary,” he added.
“But even though the blockades are lifted across border openings right now, even though things seem to be resolving very well in Ottawa, this state of emergency is not over,” Trudeau continued.
“There continue to be real concerns about the coming days, but we will continue to evaluate every single day whether or not it is time and we are able to lift this state of emergency,” he added.
Trudeau’s invoking of emergency authority drew widespread criticism.
Liberty Coalition Canada (LCC), an activist Christian group covering “the breakdown of liberty in Canada” published an open letter to Trudeau urging him to drop pandemic mandates and “restore the constitutional freedoms of the people.”
“Too much ground has been conceded to this immoral agenda. All our institutions are fallen to it. Our schools, our lawfirms and courts, universities, even many churches. A regime and agenda based on lies is being coercive in order to maintain its power,” LCC President Rev. Michael Thiessen, one of the leading signatories on the letter, told The Daily Wire in a statement.
“We feel it is the Christian and moral responsibility of men of God to speak as socio-spiritual commentators (in a word — prophets) to our leaders and society regarding the secular authoritarianism taking hold of our nation,” he said.
The letter defends the protesters who have demonstrated in Ottawa outside of Parliament in recent weeks against ongoing pandemic and vaccine mandates.