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Sport: Canada: Justin Trudeau defends his use of a special law to dislodge the truckers in February 2022

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A commission of inquiry has been returning in Canada for a few weeks on the use of a law to end the blocking of downtown Ottawa and several border posts by angry truckers In February 2022. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had to defend this decision after the judge heard around sixty witnesses, and read thousands of documents.

With our correspondent in Quebec, Pascale Guéricolas

"I am absolutely, but absolutely serene and convinced that I made the right decision. For Justin Trudeau, the case is heard. The occupation of the city center of Ottawa, but especially the blocking of the border at several neuralgic points with the United States represented a very important risk of potential violence for Canada. This is why he and his ministers have recourse to the law on emergency measures.

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The security of the country really threatened?

used for the first time, this legislation made it possible in particular to block the bank accounts of the organizers of the demonstrations, and legitimized the work of the police. On several occasions, the leader had to answer questions about the real threat represented by this movement. "We couldn't say that there was not a risk of violence in the coming days. Especially since the tension rose, not that it was calmed.

Justin Trudeau explained that trucks could have transformed into potential weapons and that there was a question of a cache of weapons on the scene of one of the blockade of the border. However, the Canadian Intelligence and Security Service considered at the time that the country's security was not really threatened. The judge who chairs the commission of inquiry will have to decide, within a few months, whether or not the government had the legitimacy of using such a law.

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