Trudeau to testify on invoked emergency powers against Canada truckers' Freedom Convoy

The Canadian government used the Emergencies Act to freeze the bank accounts of those who supported the movement.

Updated: November 21, 2022 - 11:58am

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to publicly testify this week about his decision to invoke the Emergencies Act earlier this year in response to the "Freedom Convoy" protest of Canadian truckers against COVID-19 mandates.

The Public Order Emergency Commission has held six weeks of hearings, with Trudeau's testimony scheduled for Friday, to determine whether the prime minister was justified in invoking the Emergencies Act for the first time in Canada's history, according to state-funded outlet CBC.

The Canadian government used the act to arrest demonstrators and freeze the bank accounts of those who supported the movement.

The commission's hearings have already reportedly revealed that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service found the protests did not pose a threat to security.