Wednesday, February 23, 2022

CALLS FOR SANITY: Canada's CCLA Calls for Immediate Revocation of Declaration of Emergency

Source: CCLA

Published: February 21, 2022

By: Abby Deshman

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is calling on the federal government to revoke the declaration of emergency. If the government fails to do so, a vote is scheduled to take place on Monday evening at 8 PM, and CCLA calls on all parties to vote against the motion, or at a minimum permit individual legislators to vote according to their own personal conscience.

In a letter written to the government and released today, the CCLA pointed out the blockade in Ottawa has been cleared, while various border crossings were opened prior to – and without reliance on – the invocation of federal emergency powers.


“The government’s own proclamation of emergency was clear: they claimed that they needed to invoke the extraordinary Emergencies Act to deal with the blockades. Those blockades are now dismantled. The sweeping national emergency powers they enacted should be dismantled as well,” said Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Executive Director and General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

“Whether the Emergencies Act should have been invoked in the first place is a fundamentally important question that will continued to be discussed, both in the legislature and in the courts. The question that is relevant to parliamentarians today, however, is not whether the government was justified in issuing a proclamation of emergency a week ago. It is whether that proclamation continues to be justified today. The clear answer, in our view, is no.”

“At this time, the proper course of action for the government is to revoke the declaration of emergency. If they fail to do so, members of parliament will be required to attend a vote in the House of Commons to decide if the emergency proclamation should stand. We would urge them to vote against the proclamation and are asking all parties to allow a free vote so that every elected representative is able to vote their conscience.”


“Let’s be clear; every Canadian is currently subject to the emergency orders. The orders limit peaceful assembly across the country and require financial institutions to freeze bank accounts without judicial oversight. The federal government does not control how and when these laws are used. These legal powers have been placed in the hands of police officers across the country. As with all broad grants of power, the risk of abuse is significant.”

“The declaration of emergency should be revoked. And if the government continues to insist it is in the right, it should at a minimum give a free vote to all government MPs and let them vote their conscience. We would ask all other parties to do the same,” finished Mendelsohn Aviv.

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