Do convoy protests endanger Canada’s national security?

In the end, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government had no choice — it had to invoke the Emergencies Act.

Perhaps the Liberal government was reacting to a crisis on its own initiative.

Maybe if the federal government had reacted sooner to the occupation of Canada’s capital, this thing could have been nipped in the bud.

The costly border closures in Windsor and Alberta might have been avoided entirely.

May be…

But for some reason they weren’t. Whether the cause is fortuitous or incompetent is irrelevant. In the end, the government had no choice. If Canada wanted to protect its sovereignty, it had to adopt drastic measures.

These include measures to financially punish those who the government believes are breaking the law by participating in blockades.

Much attention is paid to the long-standing occupation of downtown Ottawa. But the border blockades in places like Windsor and Fort Erie are much bigger.

These threatened Canada’s ability to protect its own borders.

To leave the decision to enforce border laws to private citizens is to relinquish Canada’s sovereignty over those laws. And ultimately, those surrendered powers will be reclaimed by whatever government remains along the border, which in most cases means the US government.

In short, if Canada wants to present itself as a power along the American border, it will have to demonstrate to Washington its ability to exercise control over cross-border trucking.

Invoking the Emergencies Act is an effective way to make this point. It leaves no doubt as to who is responsible.

Trudeau also attempts to justify his use of extraordinary powers by arguing that his critics are dangerous members of the right.

He may be right about that in some cases. The demonstrators in the convoy include people from far-right politics.

It has been reported that some of the funding for the protests came from Americans.

But ultimately, the motives of the protesters in the convoy are irrelevant. What is important is the effect of the Emergencies Act. Will invoking it restore Canada’s control over its own cities and borders?

If so, it will be a success. If not…

Meanwhile, the political unrest sparked by this series of anti-mandatory protests continues. Some people involved in a protest in Alberta are facing weapons charges.

In Ottawa, protesters prepare for a clash with police. Things are looking very shady. On Highway 401, demonstrators in the convoy briefly attempted to stage another blockade. The police turned them away.

Ultimately, however, the decision to invoke this far-reaching law will be judged by a single criterion: did it work?

If he ends the blocks, he will be considered a success. If not, he will join the litany of failures surrounding attempts to end this so-called “freedom convoy” protest.

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