Justin Trudeau invokes Emergencies Act for the first time

Justin Trudeau invokes Emergencies Act for the first time
# 15 February 2022 06:12 (UTC +04:00)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken the unprecedented step of invoking the Emergencies Act to crack down on anti-vaccine mandate protests, APA reports citing BBC.

Mr Trudeau said the scope of the measures would be "time-limited", "reasonable and proportionate". The military will not be called to assist.

He said the police would be given "more tools" to imprison or fine protesters and protect critical infrastructure.

Mr Trudeau faces widespread criticism for his handling of the protests.

"This is about keeping Canadians safe, protecting people's jobs," he said.

The extraordinary move by Mr Trudeau comes as demonstrations across Canada enter their third week.

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