Trudeau Adopts Wartime Powers to Stop Freedom Protests

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with reporters during a February 11 news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario.
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Trudeau Adopts Wartime Powers to Stop Freedom Protests

The prime minister declares war on the people of Canada.

On February 14, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government had invoked the Emergencies Act to end the peaceful freedom protests in Ottawa, Emerson, Coutts and any other location in Canada.

The Emergencies Act was created in 1988 by the Conservative government of Brian Mulroney to replace the War Measures Act. It grants the federal government emergency powers to react to an “urgent and critical situation of a temporary nature,” which the act defines as: “(a) 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, or (b) seriously threatens the ability of the government of Canada to preserve the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of Canada.” Do either of these apply to the Freedom Convoy protests?

Trudeau invoked the “Public Order” section, which arises from espionage, sabotage, foreign-influenced activities, terrorism and efforts to overthrow the government. The powers granted under the “Public Order” section include prohibiting public assemblies, restricting travel from or within certain areas, securing designated areas, and controlling public utilities and services. The language in the act is broad, allowing the government to interpret the principles into specific laws according to its own discretion. It allows the government to suspend civil liberties during the crisis to restore order.

According to the announcement by Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland here are the specific actions being taken by the government:

  • Crowd-funding sites and payment service providers must register with fintrac, a government agency that monitors transactions and reports large/suspicious transactions.
  • The federal government will monitor and regulate cryptocurrency.
  • The financial measures will be made into permanent law.
  • Banks are authorized to freeze or suspend personal and corporate accounts if they suspect the individual is supporting the protesters without a court order.
  • Bank accounts will be frozen if banks suspect donations of $25 or more.
  • It is illegal to support the protesters with any property.
  • The federal police force (rcmp) can now enforce municipal and provincial laws.
  • Vehicles involved will have their insurance suspended.
  • The government will ensure essential services, like tow trucks, can be used to remove vehicles.
  • Fines of up to $5,000 or imprisonment of up to five years will be given to those who breach any of the above orders.

The most extraordinary measure being taken is the banks’ authority to freeze bank accounts. Freeland announced that the government would be sharing relevant information with the banks to target individuals who donated to the Freedom Convoy. The phraseology is so vague that it could even extend to bank accounts being frozen if an individual simply supported the protests on social media.

These measures will be in place for 30 days, and the invocation of the act must pass via a parliamentary motion within seven days. New Democratic Party (ndp) leader Jagmeet Singh indicated his party will support Trudeau’s Liberals to affirm the emergency powers.

When the pandemic began in 2020, the government said it only needed 14 days to stop the spread. Two years later, these measures are still in place, and all provinces are still operating in a state of emergency. The federal government is still operating under the Quarantine Act, which gives them extraordinary powers to deal with a health emergency. Will these emergency powers last only 30 days, or will they go on longer?

These measures can be changed at any time by the government and are subject to Parliamentary oversight, but as long as the ndp supports Trudeau, all measures will stand. The Emergencies Act specifically forbids the government from violating the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but that provision is virtually worthless since the charter enables government overreach instead of preventing it.

This announcement amounts to a declaration of war by Trudeau against the Canadian people. These emergency powers are a tyrannical reaction against a peaceful protest that is exposing a corrupt political agenda. Trudeau’s Communist agenda has been exposed for the whole world to see.

LawNow writes that the Emergencies Act must be used as a last resort: “There must be no other legal option to effectively deal with the crisis.” Trudeau has not spoken or negotiated with the protest organizers since the convoy arrived three weeks ago. That is a legal option that has not been exercised. Both the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian Constitution Foundation have denounced Trudeau for invoking the act, citing there is no legal justification.

The protests against vaccine mandates across Canada pose no national security threat. They do block trade and inconvenience certain communities, but so did the government lockdown measures for two years. More than 200,000 businesses were forced to permanently close due to government restrictions, and Canada’s debt-to-gross domestic product ratio is currently at 109 percent because of massive deficit spending.

“We might note that there is nothing illegal about the trucker convoys, whose protests are far more benign than the earlier government-approved blm riots that wracked the country,” wrote David Solway at PJ Media. “The economic argument is equally disingenuous. The putative economic damage is precisely what the politicians have inflicted on the nation over two years of job-killing mandatory repression, bankruptcies galore, and the inordinate printing of fiat money, causing devaluation of purchasing power and rampant inflation. The hypocrisy is beyond all bounds of both morality and reason.” In fact, the protesters blockading the Windsor-Detroit border crossing were removed before the announcement yesterday. So why do they need the extra powers?

The government and legacy media narrative that the protesters are violent, lawless, terrorists or insurrectionists have all been lies. However, the narrative was carefully crafted using specific language that could be used to justify invoking the Emergencies Act. The Trudeau government has been giving millions of dollars in bailout money to the media, and the last three weeks have exposed how beholden it is to Trudeau. If the media is biased toward the government, how can our leaders be held to account?

History is repeating itself in Canada in a profound way. The last prime minister of Canada to invoke wartime powers during peacetime was Justin’s father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau. In 1963, the terrorist group Front de liberation due Quebec (flq) was formed. The militant group sought to overthrow “English colonialism” in Quebec and win separatism through violence and intimidation. The group used similar tactics to the Irish Republican Army. It planted hundreds of bombs throughout Quebec between 1963 and 1970 and killed six people.

The situation escalated when two politicians were kidnapped. The Canadian Encyclopedia states: “On 5 October 1970, the flq kidnapped British trade commissioner James Cross in Montreal. Within the next two weeks, flq members also kidnapped and killed Quebec Minister of Immigration and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte.” This grisly act prompted Pierre Trudeau to invoke the War Measures Act, which put the country under martial law and gave the government sweeping powers.

Hundreds of people, including peaceful supporters of separatism, were arrested without a warrant, and soldiers were on the streets of Montreal and Ottawa. It was a surreal moment in Canadian history. Pierre Trudeau was the supreme leader with no oversight from Parliament. His word was law. Trudeau wielded the power with a rod of iron. He famously quipped when asked how far he was willing to go, “Just watch me.”

Former Saskatchewan Premier Tommy Douglas said that invoking the War Measures Act was like using a sledgehammer to crack a peanut. Pierre Trudeau’s vision for Canada was to transform it from a British parliamentary democracy to a French-style autocratic state. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms Pierre Trudeau authored is what empowers the government to fulfill this dream. Justin Trudeau is fulfilling the dream of his father.

Canada is facing down a tyrant ruling from Parliament Hill. In 2013, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry warned in America Under Attack that the radical left’s goal is tyranny. Bible prophecy indicates the trajectory of our end-time nations. Barack Obama is still working to fundamentally transform America and was influenced by Saul Alinsky’s Communist playbook, Rules for Radicals. The radical left in America, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand use the Alinsky playbook.

Sundance at Conservative Treehouse wrote: “Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking advice from his Alinsky counselors and attempting to define the Freedom Convoy as violent right-wing extremists descending on Ottawa in an effort to destroy democracy. Americans will note this is the same ideological narrative the extreme leftists in U.S. government used against the January 6 protesters. They are all singing from the same hymnal, the Alinsky Rules for Radicals.” Trudeau has deep connections to Barack Obama and the American radicals through his former top aide Gerald Butts, who met Trudeau at McGill University in the 1990s. Butts had to resign in 2019 due to the snc-Lavalin scandal.

“[Trudeau’s strategy] is from the rule book of leftist 1960s urban guerrilla Saul Alinsky to his acolytes, Hillary Rodham (before she became Mrs. Clinton), Barack Obama and David Axelrod, the mentor of Justin Trudeau’s minder, Gerry Butts,” wrote Conrad Black at the National Post. Butts consulted with Axelrod to create Trudeau’s campaign and government strategy. In Rules for Radicals, Alinsky listed 13 principles radicals can use to cause social change. Here are a few:

3. “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.

5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

8. “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.

11. “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.

13. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

Isn’t that exactly the strategy Trudeau adopted from the very start of the Freedom Convoy? He never wanted to hear the legitimate concerns of the protesters, follow the science, or help Canadians. Trudeau is manufacturing a crisis with the Freedom Convoy by using fear propaganda as a pretext to amass power. The Trumpet has been warning about the dangers of a Communist infiltration for years. The late Herbert W. Armstrong wrote in 1956:

[Communism is] a kind of warfare we don’t understand or know how to cope with. It uses every diabolical means to weaken us from within, sapping our strength, perverting our morals, sabotaging our educational system, wrecking our social structure, destroying our spiritual and religious life, weakening our industrial and economic power, demoralizing our armed forces, and finally, after such infiltration, overthrowing our government by force and violence!

That Communist dictatorship is here. However, the tide is turning against the dictators. This satanic plot to blot out America, Canada and the English-speaking nations will be stopped temporarily, despite Trudeau’s use of emergency powers. Please read America Under Attack and “Downfall of Britain’s First Dominion.”