Lawsuit Filed Against Canadian Prime Minister’s Authoritarian Orders

( Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal government will be facing a lawsuit filed by one of their own recently.

The premier of the Alberta province in Canada, Jason Kenney, announced over the weekend that he was filing a lawsuit over the federal government’s usage of the Emergencies Act. Kenney said the decision was “unjustified in the circumstances.”

In speaking with local media outlet the Edmonton Sun recently, Kenney said he’d be filing his lawsuit in federal court, seeking to suspend Trudeau’s liberal government from implementing the act any more to try to stop the “Freedom Convoy” protest that’s still going on in Ottawa, the nation’s capital.

Kenney said he was certainly in favor of restoring law and order, and he emphasized the newspaper that he didn’t want his lawsuit to be misconstrued as anything different.

He explained:

“The situation in Ottawa is serious. Law and order has to be restored.”

He explained that he didn’t believe any protesters should be able to blockade a portion of any city. However, he continued:

“But, the Emergencies Act was designed to come into effect at the failure of the state. However, there is no insurrection or coup.”

What Kenney was referring to is the fact that the Emergencies Act in Canada is designed to allow the country to institute certain powers should an insurrection or coup threaten to topple the democratic institution of Canada’s government.

The Alberta premier added that the local police department already has the tools it needs to stop the protest, including issuing tickets to drivers who park illegally, and even arresting people if they fail to comply.

He backed up his point that “all the tools already exist” by pointing to the blockades at the border crossing in Coutts, Alberta, as well as the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario. Both of those blockades were resolved by local police’s ordinary conduct, without the need for the federal government to intervene.

Kenney commented:

“Let’s stick to the basics here — the basics of law enforcement.”

In other words, Kenney believes that the powers that local law enforcement agencies already possess in Canada are enough to stop the blockade in Ottawa. He believes Trudeau is overstepping his authority by trying to use the Emergencies Act in this case, when he doesn’t need to do so.

One of the biggest gripes Kenney has with the situation are the coercive measures being imposed on various financial institutions. Kenney said those parts of the Emergencies Act were “designed to interrupt terrorism financing.”

In this case, though, he said the provisions are being used instead to “seize and freeze [the assets of] people whose opinions they disagree with,” referring to the federal government.

Supporters of the Freedom Convoy have already seen their finances affected by the federal government. Bank accounts that have been connected to the Freedom Convoy have been frozen by financial institutions, after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police referred that information to the institutions.