GUNTER: Even more liberal lies surrounding the convoy have been debunked

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When members of the Trudeau government insist they relied on police advice before passing the Emergencies Act in February to clear a convoy of truckers from downtown Ottawa, they are not saying not exactly the truth.

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A quick search of Postmedia’s archives shows that on at least six occasions during the state of emergency and since, Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino has insisted that it is only because the police asked for special powers that the Liberals suspended the civil liberties of Canadians and seized bank accounts. and the assets of hundreds of people linked to the Freedom Convoy.

But we now have proof that Mendicino’s claims (and similar claims by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair) were rubbish.

This week, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki told the joint House of Commons-Senate committee studying the use of the Emergencies Act that the RCMP had never recommended the government to invoke the most draconian law on the books of Canada. Nor, to his knowledge, any other law enforcement agency.

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Amid the state of emergency (which existed from February 14 to 23), Mendicino said, “We are listening to law enforcement. According to law enforcement, we need the Emergency Measures Act.

Just three weeks ago – long after the government ended the state of emergency – Mendicino was filling out statements such as: “We had to invoke the emergency law and we did so on the basis professional non-partisan law enforcement advice. and “It was only after receiving advice from law enforcement that we invoked the Emergencies Act.

However, on Tuesday, when Senator Vernon White (himself a former Ottawa Police Chief) questioned Lucki about the allegations, the commissioner said, “No, there was never any question of asking for the emergency measures. »

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Lucki explained that the RCMP provided “daily factual reports” to the staff of various Cabinet ministers, but never gave specific advice on invoking the successor legislation to the War Measures Act.

Indeed, Lucki went further and explained that in all four blockades by truckers at border crossings – including high-profile blockades on the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor and Coutts, Alberta – “we have successfully used a measured approach and existing legislation to resolve (the) blockages”.

Now, tie all of the Trudeauites’ obfuscations about whether the police asked them to declare a state of emergency with testimony before the same committee two weeks ago.

On that occasion, MPs and Senators were told by Liberal Justice Minister David Lametti that he had invoked the Emergencies Act after the CBC reported that foreigners – likely Russians and American white nationalists – financed the convoy.

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The RCMP said they don’t tell the government. No more than CSIS, the Ottawa police or the money laundering investigators of the Department of Finance.

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Indeed, specialized forensic investigators at Finance Canada specifically told their chiefs of staff that the convoy’s GoFundMe campaign was pretty much what it sounded like: thousands of small donors simply wanting to help truckers protesting the continued pandemic restrictions.

In early March, the CBC retracted the false “foreign-funded, foreign-controlled” story.

What Lametti’s testimony shows is that the government only believed what it wanted to hear, which was the fake news from their CBC cronies. And despite insistence by ministers since then, they have never acted on the advice or requests of any police service. (Unless the government is talking about the Grade 3 school crossing guards in Ottawa’s trendy Glebe neighborhood who overheard something on the way to school and reported to their moms and dads who work for the firm.)

Once again we have been shown that a combination of elitist snobbery, “progressive” self-delusion, hysteria and misplaced faith in the CBC has led to Canadians’ civil liberties being suspended just to rid the national trucker’s capital with loud horns and bouncy castles.

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