Emergencies Act

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is joined by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland, left, Minister of National Defence Anita Anand, as he speaks during a media availability on the situation in Ukraine, in Ottawa, Feb. 22, 2022. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

Canada slaps a ’first round’ of sanctions on Russia

Politics Insider for Feb. 23: War in Ukraine looms larger than ever; Jean Charest courts the Conservative leadership; confusion around what Emergencies Act means for donors
Conservative Interim leader Candice Bergen rises during Question Period, Feb. 16, 2022 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

The Conservatives won’t support the enforcement of the Emergencies Act

Politics Insider for Feb. 17: A breakdown of the Emergencies Act; Ottawa appoints an interim police chief; Doug Ford comes up short on a major election promise
Trucks at the Canada-U.S. border crossing at Coutts, Alta. on Feb. 2. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

The Coutts blockade and controlling the narrative

From Ottawa to the border blockades, everyone’s fighting storyline battles. In Alberta, truckers realized the weapons arrests battered their cause.
Trudeau leaves a news conference after announcing the Emergencies Act will be invoked, on Feb. 14, 2022 (Adrian Wyld/CP)

What is the Emergencies Act and what Ottawa can—and can’t—do with it

Shannon Proudfoot talks to author and expert Nomi Claire Lazar about the unprecedented powers of the Emergencies Act and the risks of using them
Trudeau is seen during a news conference where he announced the Emergencies Act will be invoked to deal with protests, on Feb. 14, 2022 in Ottawa (Adrian Wyld/CP)

The Emergencies Act: What’s ’seriously endangered’?

Paul Wells: Five PMs have had the Emergencies Act and declined to use it. The question now is whether Trudeau has met the ’stringent test’ laid out 34 years ago.