LILLY: Conservatives are pushing for liberals to be open about the Emergency Act investigation

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Conservative MPs demanded more transparency from the Trudeau government in its public inquiry into the application of the Emergency Act, but this may have been in vain.

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On Tuesday, the day after the investigation was announced, Conservative MPs asked the government to reveal the reasons why the act was used to deal with a trucker convoy that took over downtown Ottawa around Parliament Hill.

The answers of the Minister of Public Security Marco Mendicino did not give much hope to those who were looking for answers.

“Will the Liberals reveal their internal analysis that they have reached the threshold for the Emergency Act and Justice Department private opinion, or are they just going to hide this information from Canadians?” Dane Lloyd, MP for Edmonton, asked.

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Mendicino said the government had done everything that needed to be done.

“We have launched a full-scale independent investigation by appointing Judge Rulo as Commissioner. He has the power to coerce witnesses, documents and information, including classified information,” Mendicino said.

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However, one of the criticisms of the investigation order is that it allows the government to withhold public release of documents or information on grounds of national security. The order also instructs the investigation to study the behavior of the protesters, but not the government.

Mendicino responded to this statement by saying that “the judge can examine the behavior of the police.”

The behavior of the police is far from considering the actions or failures of federal, provincial and municipal politicians. This is not what the government encouraged with its call for an investigation.

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Ontario Conservative MP Michael Chong continued to put pressure on the government, asking if it would waive cabinet confidentiality, as former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper had done on several occasions.

“The key question is whether the exercise of these emergency powers was in accordance with the legal requirements of the Act, a question that Judge Rouleau and the public inquiry must answer. To do this, Judge Rouleau needs access to documents that are subject to cabinet confidentiality,” Chong said.

“Will the prime minister, the government, give up confidence in the cabinet of ministers?”

Mendicino, a former prosecutor for the Crown, reminded the Commons that people had been arrested as a result of these protests. What he didn’t say is that no one has been charged under the Emergency Act.

He also mentioned working “in cooperation with the investigating judge,” without saying that the government would grant full access to the documents. Last week, the Trudeau government cited the cabinet’s confidence in its refusal to release documents in defense of a lawsuit over the use of the Emergency Act.

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