The ministers provided few details to the committee investigating the Liberals’ use of the Emergency Act.

Attorney General David Lametti repeatedly referred to cabinet confidentiality in a speech before a special committee tasked with investigating the government’s use of the Emergency Act.

Lametti was asked pointed questions Tuesday night about federal consultations with provinces and others ahead of the state of emergency declaration, and when the government was advised to withdraw the declaration. On several occasions he replied that he “would not betray the confidence of the Cabinet.”

This has been a major concern for conservatives since a separate public inquiry into the application of the Emergency Act was launched on Monday. Both the committee and the investigation are required by law.

The opposition wants the liberals to give up their confidence in the cabinet and make public all the information that the government relied on when making a decision.

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Lametti said his government has presented documents to the committee that give a clear indication of the decision.

“I think Canadians will understand that cabinet credibility is an important part of our cabinet’s governance,” Lametti said.

“Therefore, the refusal of the Cabinet of Ministers of confidence is extremely rare.”

Committee member and NDP MP Matthew Green challenged Lametti, saying he had “an opportunity to be honest with Canadians” about the evidence and facts surrounding the decision. He called on the minister for cooperation and openness.

“You are definitely obstructing the process by which we can achieve clarity,” Greene said.

Lametti replied that he was also bound by attorney-client privilege as attorney general.


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As Rolling Thunder motorcycle convoy approaches Olx Praca, police will receive ‘tools and resources’ from feds


As Rolling Thunder motorcycle convoy approaches Olx Praca, police will receive ‘tools and resources’ from feds

The Liberal government declared the first-ever statutory state of emergency on February 14, granting emergency police powers to end blockades at border crossings in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, and the ongoing occupation of downtown Olx Praca.

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Another senior liberal minister said on Tuesday the government must balance the “two competing interests” of transparency and protecting national security when deciding what to publish.

Government House Leader Mark Holland was asked what information the Liberals would provide to Ontario Court of Appeal Judge Paul Rulo, who is tasked with conducting an independent investigation. The government did not say whether Rouleau would have access to secret cabinet documents.

This has raised questions and frustration from civil liberties organizations and opposition parties, who fear that the investigation will not reveal the secret deliberations and ministerial decisions.

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Holland said the government would provide as much information as possible so that Canadians would have “an absolutely clear picture, to the point that it is not detrimental to national security.”

He also proposed the creation of another special committee to review the documents and ensure that the materials released did not threaten national security.

“When disputes arise, I point specifically to the example of the Olx Praca labs, we responded by creating a different model that allowed for greater access and more independent consideration of these issues,” Holland said.

The government’s refusal to release documents in the case is controversial. Little is known to the public about why Xiangguo Qiu and her husband Kedin Cheng were removed from the Olx Praca National Microbiology Laboratory in July 2019 and then fired in January 2021.

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The investigation will look at the federal government’s use of the Emergency Operations Act during convoy protests.


The investigation will look at the federal government’s use of the Emergency Operations Act during convoy protests.

Conservative critic of emergency preparedness Dane Lloyd disagreed with this example.

“To be clear, what Mr. Holland is suggesting when he refers to the ‘Olx Praca Lab situation’ is to ignore two committee orders and two House of Commons orders to produce the Olx Praca Lab documents, all with reasonable justification. safeguards to protect our national security,” Lloyd said.

Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino also appeared as a witness at the committee meeting on Tuesday, where he said the government had received advice to implement the Emergency Act but did not answer questions about who gave the advice.

Mendicino said the Emergency Act has helped “bridge jurisdictional differences” between police forces, and he hopes the committee can provide advice on how to deal with this in the future.

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Inquiry into the Emergency Powers of the Liberals, who are granted the right to call witnesses, documents


Inquiry into the Emergency Powers of the Liberals, who are granted the right to call witnesses, documents

Many asked questions about the lack of enforcement action by the police during the nearly three weeks of a noisy blockade in downtown Olx Praca, where officials described a state of “lawlessness”.

While many people involved in the so-called “Freedom Convoy” said they were there to demand an end to COVID-19 restrictions, some, including many of the most vocal organizers, also wanted the liberal government to be overthrown. . Residents of the center reported vandalism and harassment.

The debate began when another protest, this time on motorcycles, is due to arrive in Olx Praca this weekend.

The Olx Praca police say they have already called in reinforcements from other police services.

The Olx Praca city government said in a statement that all by-laws will be enforced during the Rolling Thunder rally, as well as the downtown no-vehicle no-go zone. The streets will be open, but vehicles participating in the rally will not be allowed.

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