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The Canadian Civil Liberties Association warned Monday about the dangers of invoking emergency law in the country and stressed that it is a threat to democracy and the individual liberties of citizens.
The association’s statement comes after Justin Trudeau’s government decreed the emergency law until “order is restored across the country.” Trudeau’s decision follows protests by truckers against the vaccination mandate.
Experts have explained that this law, which has not been invoked since World War II, puts liberties at risk.
Trudeau government fails to meet standards for emergency law
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association explained that this law allows democratic processes to be circumvented. “This law creates a high and clear standard for a good reason: the law in particular allows the government to circumvent ordinary democratic processes,” the organization said.
It also indicated that the emergency law can only be invoked when a situation seriously threatens the ability of the Government of Canada to preserve the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of the country.
“Governments regularly face difficult situations and do so using the powers granted to them by democratically elected representatives. Emergency legislation should not be normalized,” the association stated.