Toronto, February 15, 2022
Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked Canada's Emergencies Act as an attempt to manage the border crisis.
Although a weeklong blockade of the vital Ambassador Bridge between Ontario and Michigan has been cleared, protesters are still obstructing crossings at Emerson, Manitoba (Pembina, North Dakota) and Coutts, Alberta (Sweet Grass, Montana). The most powerful tools presented yesterday were in the financial areas to follow and halt the flow of money from corporations and individuals funding the protests. The measure must be approved by the House and Senate within 7 days. The government likely has enough support for the Act to be implemented.
Financial institutions will now have the power to freeze personal or corporate accounts they believe are being used to fund the illegal protests. "This is about following the money. This is about stopping the financing of these illegal blockades. We are today serving notice: if your truck is being used in these protests, your corporate accounts will be frozen." Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Finance, said.
The public order emergency grants Government the authority to apply the following temporary measures:
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For more information, please call Brian Rowe, Director – Customs Compliance & Regulatory Affairs at (905) 882-4880, ext. 1213.