Short-lived: Trudeau removes Emergencies Act

CANADA (WHEC) — On Thursday, two days after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau extended the country’s Emergencies Act, he’s decided to remove it.

The point of the act was to give police more authority to head off any potential restart of blockades by people who disagree with COVID restrictions. However, Trudeau now says the protests and blockades taking over Ottawa in recent weeks are no longer an emergency.

The Emergencies Act was also used to help put a stop against the protests from truckers around the border with the United States.

The significance of Trudeau using this act was high – it was passed by the Canadian Parliament in 1988 – but had never been used since then.