Canadian lawmakers voted late Monday to expand emergency powers police can use to snuff out any potential restart of blockade by those who oppose COVID-19 restrictions.
Legislators in the House of The communes voted 185 against 151 to assert powers.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier the powers were still needed despite the end of the police occupation of the nation’s capital by truckers over the weekend and the police ending border blockades before that.
Civil Protection Minister Bill Blair said protesters were going for the “vital blood” of this nation which is trade with United States.”
Trudeau noted that there were truckers just outside Ottawa who could plan new blockades or occupations. His public safety minister said there had been an attempt to block a border crossing in British Columbia over the weekend.
The law of emergencies allows authorities to declare certain areas as prohibited areas. This also allows the police will freeze the personal and professional data of truckers bank accounts and oblige towing truck companies to transport vehicles.
The truckers’ protest grew until it shut down a handful of Canada-US border crossings and shut down key rooms of the capital for more more than three weeks. But all border blockades have now ended and the streets around the Canadian Parliament are quiet.
Ottawa protesters who swore never give up have largely disappeared, chased away by the police in riot gear in what was the biggest police operation in The Nations history.
“The situation is still fragile, the State of the urgency is still there,” Trudeau said before the vote.
New Democratic Party Opposition Leader Jagmeet Singh party backed him up, making sure Trudeau had enough votes. Singh said they know there are demonstrators waiting in around of Ottawa and in the capital itself.
“They need be erased out”, Singh said, who also noted that there were convoys that were intercepted. “It’s a attack on our democracy. It’s a group of people who are very clearly linked to the extreme right, The organizers clearly have a goal in the spirit of undermining democracy. It’s something we can’t allow Continue.”
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said that these who had their bank frozen accounts were “influencers in the illegal demonstration in Ottawa, and the owners and/or drivers of vehicles who does not have want leave the area.”
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said earlier anyone assigned to a facility way unfreeze their accounts: “Stop being part of of the blockade,” she said.
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said allowing police to designate downtown Ottawa as a no-go zone has been particularly effective. Hundreds of police checkpoints remain. “We saw calm, peace and quiet,” Mendicino said.
Trucker protests grew until he shut down a handful of Canada-US border crossings and shut down key rooms of the capital city for more more than three weeks.
“While we will always defend people of opinion, expression and assembly, there are limits to rights when they begin hit so hard on rights of others and on saw it here in Ottawa,” said Blair, the head of protection civil minister. “We also look at with growing concern in the context of this protest group start targeting critical infrastructure when they traveled to the border at Windsor.
But all border blockades have now ended and the streets around the Canadian Parliament are quiet.
The protests, which were first seeking a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers, but also encompassed fury over the range of COVID-19 restrictions and hate of Trudeau, reflected the spread of disinformation in Canada and simmering populist and right-wing anger.
The so-called Freedom Convoy shook Canada reputation for civility, inspired convoys in France, New Zealand and the Netherlands and interrupted trade causing economic damage on on both sides of the border. Hundreds of trucks ended up occupying the streets around Parliament, a display it was part protest and part carnival.
For nearly a week, the busiest border crossing between the United States and Canada, the Ambassador Bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, was blocked. The crossing sees more more than 25% of the trade between the two countries.
The authorities have decided to reopen the border posts, but the police in Ottawa has done little but issue warnings until Friday, even though hundreds and sometimes thousands of protesters crowded the streets of the city and besieged Parliament Hill.
On Friday, authorities launched the largest police operation in canadian historystopping a string of The Ottawa protesters and the rise of this pressure on Saturday to the street in of face of Parliament was clear. Eventually, the police arrested at least 191 people and towed 79 vehicles. Many protesters backed down as the pressure mounted.
Trudeau said people in Ottawa have been harassed for weeks and said billions of dollars in trade were blocked by border blockades, putting peoplethe jobs of risk.
The protests were cheered on in the United States by Fox News personalities and conservatives like former US President Donald Trump. From millions of dollars in donations crossed the border to protesters.
“A flood of misinformation and misinformation washed away over Canada, including from foreign sources,” Trudeau said.
“After these blockades and illegal occupations received worrying sums of foreign funding to destabilize Canadian democracy, it has become clear needed by local and provincial authorities more tools restore order. »