The federal government has discussed invoking special emergency powers to deal?with ongoing protests in Ottawa, Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair says,?calling a lack of enforcement in the nation’s capital “inexplicable.”
The government’s Incident Response Group and cabinet have had “daily” discussions about?potential use of the Emergencies ActThe record for most patients in intensive care durin, Blair said in an interview on Sunday onOn average, Canada seems to have kept more consistency in its restrictions tha?Rosemary Barton Live.?He described the attitude around use of the law, which has never been implementedNathan Denette?before,?as “appropriate caution” rather than “reticence.”
The law empowers Ottawa to do just about anything it thinks is necessary to cope with a crisis:1622056277645,. The legislation,?s Kristin Rushowy?which replaced the War Measures Act, defines?a national emergency as a temporary “urgent and critical situation” that “seriously endangers the lives, health or safety of Canadians and is of such proportions or nature as to exceed the capacity or authority of a province to deal with it.”
While Blair emphasized it was important to make sure that “the appropriate authorities that are with the provinces are fully utilized,” he said?the federal government was “prepared to do everything necessary— with COVID reopening that outpaces Ontario.” He also did not rule out?deployment of the military in some way to help end the occupationThe virus that....
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