Trudeau lifts emergency laws after truck driver blockade ends

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday that he has lifted the emergency law that can be used by police after authorities succeeded in ending a border blockade and occupation of Ottawa by truck drivers and other residents who defy COVID-related restrictions. -19.

Trudeau asked for the powers to be enforced last week and lawmakers confirmed them Monday evening. Trudeau said the powers were still needed, but he also said he would not keep the powers in effect any longer than necessary.

“The situation is no longer an emergency, therefore the federal government will repeal this emergency law. We believe that existing laws and regulations are sufficient to keep citizens safe,” Trudeau said.

The emergency laws allow authorities to declare certain areas no-go zones. It also allows the police to freeze the personal and company bank accounts of truckers and force tow truck companies to tow vehicles.

The truck driver protests grew to close several Canada-US border posts and shut down key parts of the capital Ottawa for more than three weeks.

But all the border blockades are now over and the streets around the Canadian Parliament are getting deserted. [lt/ps]