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Tyee Poll: Do You Think Trudeau Should Have Invoked the Emergencies Act?

On Feb. 14, Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act in response to the convoy that occupied Ottawa outside Parliament Hill. It has since been revoked.

What the situation says about our government, law enforcement and Canadian democracy requires deeper reflection.

Some argue Trudeau’s invocation of the Emergencies Act was an attempt to mitigate poor governance after weeks of inaction and offshoot protests across the country. (The blockades in Coutts, Alberta, and at the Ambassador Bridge connecting Windsor, Ontario, with the U.S. have been dissolved, though their provincial response faced similar criticism).

The declaration to invoke the act was debated in the House of Commons and has since been affirmed. The NDP supported the declaration, while the Conservatives voted against it. Both parties are critical of the government’s response to the protest, suggesting that mismanagement has led to the current crossroads.

With this in mind, we want to ask:

Do you think Trudeau should have invoked the Emergencies Act?

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Please note that Tyee Barometer polls are only intended as a quick and engaging non-scientific snapshot of our readers' opinions on various topics that fit with The Tyee's very broad editorial mandate. They are not intended to be seen as a representative sampling of BC opinion.

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