Canada: Trudeau has invoked 'emergency act' says Farage
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Nigel Farage attacked Justin Trudeau for branding the truckers protesting against coronavirus rules as “white supremacists” as Canada invokes emergency powers to crack down on the demonstrators. Reports suggest some of the protesters have been brandishing Nazi imagery as they block bridges and roads in a three-week-long protest. Mr Farage said the Canadian’s Government’s decision to “demonise” the concerns of the protesters and their subsequent emergency laws shows they are “losing” against people who are seeking personal autonomy.
Speaking on GB News, Mr Farage looked at what was happening in Canada after the emergency powers were put in place against the truckers.
He said: “Now Canada, I’ve been watching what’s been going on in Canada very, very closely.
“We are now in day 25… that the truckers got ready to send their convoy off to Ottawa and it isn’t just there, there is a bridge blocked with America, there are protests in other Canadian cities.
“And from the start, these protesters have been branded by the Government in Canada as white supremacists, far-right extremists, every pejorative term you can think of has been thrown at these people.”
Mr Farage also addressed the story that Canadian police broke up a group that was reportedly ready to use violence.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Alberta said it seized several weapons, including handguns and large quantities of ammunition, and arrested 11 people.
Mr Farage continued: “Every attempt has been made to demonise these people and yet, I’ve sensed over the last couple of weeks that actually Trudeau is beginning to lose.
“Because actually, from what I can see the truckers, their supporters, have in the main behaved incredibly well, certainly incredibly well, compared to, let’s say, Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.
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“I guess in a country like Canada, or perhaps even Israel, which has now got its own convoy of truckers.
“I guess when you look at the United Kingdom, you look at Denmark and you see that basically all restrictions have been removed that people being allowed to exercise their own sense…
“Perhaps it has made protesters be more determined to say, well, it is my own freedom of choice to decide whether to get vaccinated or not.
“And so what Trudeau has done in the last 24 hours is to invoke the Emergency Act, it was a piece of legislation originally brought in during the war updated in the 1980s and it gives considerable powers indeed.”
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The 1988 Emergencies Act allows the Canadian central government to override the provinces in matters relating to national security.
The Act has allowed Mr Trudeau to freeze the bank accounts of truckers, suspend their car insurance and to tow their vehicles away.
Mr Trudeau is concerned the protests will get out of hand and have been disrupting key travel routes across the country.
The Prime Minister said: “The blockades are harming our economy and endangering public safety.
“We cannot and will not allow illegal and dangerous activities to continue.”
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