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As of Tuesday morning, there was still no word on when the newly struck Special Joint Committee on the Declaration of Emergency (DEDC) — which, as its name makes clear, has been tasked with reviewing the government’s unprecedented decision to invoke the Emergencies Act in response to then-ongoing anti-COVID mandate protests in Ottawa and across Canada — will hold its inaugural meeting.

Even so, with the clock ticking down towards the seven-sitting-day reporting deadline laid out in the Act itself, it’s a good bet that it will happen before the House and Senate return to regular parliamentary programming following the current two-week hiatus — and that even if that first session takes place behind closed doors, it’s still going to be one of the most closely-watched committee meetings in years.

In any case, while we wait for the wheres and whens to be settl

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