protect the “safety and security of the individual, the protection of the values of the body politic and the preservation of the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of the state are fundamental obligations of government; AND WHEREAS the fulfilment of those obligations in Canada may be seriously threatened by a national emergency.”
The truckers are not preventing the government from getting on with the business of governing. No Ottawa citizen or member of Parliament are being “seriously threatened.” The truckers are protecting the values and freedoms of Canadian citizens that are slowly being eroded, and preserving their rights of bodily autonomy and medical sovereignty. The truckers’ peaceful protest does not meet the threshold for a “national emergency” as defined in the Act.
There are a growing number of countries, states and jurisdictions which have lifted all COVID restriction and yet we are going to war with the people.
Senators, there is no need to escalate what is currently a civil, peaceful, legal protest (albeit with vehicles illegally parked and ticketed). There is a practical political solution. It just needs adequate time and patience to unfold. Please allow it to come to its logical conclusion rather than creating an indelible stain on our Canadian history by passing the Emergencies Act.