LISTEN: Pierre Poilievre talks Emergencies Act inquiry

By Anil Jhalli

The leader of the Conservative Party believes there was no need for the federal government to invoke the Emergencies Act if Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would have just sat down and listened to what some of the truckers had to say. 

“He didn't have to agree with them,” said Pierre Polievre on Wake Up With Rob Snow on Oct. 21. 'Would it have been so hard for him to sit down with them for 15 minutes and hear them out? I think the whole thing would have come to an early end if he had done just that.”

The inquiry into the federal government's use of the Emergencies Act to clear the 'Freedom Convoy' protest in February is hearing first-hand testimony from top government and police officials. 

The hearings are expected to run six weeks and include testimony from 65 witnesses, including government officials, police officers and convoy organizers. 

Poilievre said so far, he hasn't heard anything that required the federal government to invoke the Emergencies Act.

The leader of the Conservative Party said the federal government imposed unnecessary COVID-19 related mandates on Canadians causing lots of people to lose their jobs and that's what led to the 'Freedom Convoy' occupation in Ottawa. 

“My view from the very beginning is that we should condemn anyone who breaks laws, blockades borders and behaves badly but that we should support those peaceful protestors who were standing up for their livelihood and liberties and that's what I did and I believe that's the right decision.”

Listen to the full interview with Pierre Poilievre below:



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