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Emergencies Act: Former CBSA chief testifies at investigation


OTTAWA –

Day 24 of the Public Order Emergencies Committee will hear from former leaders of Canada’s Border Services Agency and senior Transport Canada officials.

The public inquiry is investigating the federal government’s first use of the Emergencies Act in mid-February after nearly three weeks of protests against COVID-19 restrictions that have left downtown Ottawa clogged. congested and inspired border blockades elsewhere.

The act, which went into effect in 1988, allows the government to give police special powers to deal with emergencies and to require a public inquiry to investigate the decision.

The law defines a public order emergency as a state resulting from “a serious threat to the security of Canada, as defined by the Canadian Security Intelligence Services Act.”

John Ossowski, the former director of the CBSA, and two Transport Canada officials are expected to testify today.

Hearings in the public inquiry began in mid-October and are expected to end by the end of next week, with the final report due to be presented to Congress in February.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 16, 2022.

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