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House of Commons passes Emergencies Act motion after fractious debate

Feb 21 2022 — Mia Rabson and Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The House of Commons has passed a motion to approve extraordinary, time-limited measures in the Emergencies Act, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked last week in a bid to end blockades in Ottawa and at several border crossings. The motion to confirm the declaration of emergency powers passed 185-151 on Monday evening with […]

Emergencies Act prohibits bringing children, food or fuel to ‘illegal’ blockades

Feb 15 2022 — Mia Rabson and Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Bringing children to the antigovernment blockades that have immobilized downtown Ottawa and shuttered border crossings is among the activities that could net protesters a fine of up to $5,000 or five years in prison while Canada is under the national Emergencies Act. The same punishment would apply to anyone violating any of the […]

Convoy protests creating political nightmare for Liberals and Conservatives alike

Feb 10 2022 — Mia Rabson and Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Toronto Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith says he agrees with his colleague Joël Lightbound that "divisive" rhetoric about getting vaccinated has to end, even if he is not fully onside with everything the Quebec Liberal MP said. There have been obvious divisions within the Conservative caucus for months about vaccine mandates, COVID-19 restrictions and, […]

Convoy protests creating political nightmare for Liberals and Conservatives alike

Feb 10 2022 — Mia Rabson and Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Toronto Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith says he agrees with his colleague Joël Lightbound that "divisive" rhetoric about getting vaccinated has to end, even if he is not fully onside with everything the Quebec Liberal MP said. There have been obvious divisions within the Conservative caucus for months about vaccine mandates, COVID-19 restrictions and, […]