As of Friday, March 20, 2020, all but one province has either declared a state of emergency or a public health emergency. Nova Scotia is the lone exception.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he is “considering” whether or not he will invoke the Emergencies Act. So far, he is reluctant to take this draconian act, but only time will tell if he remains so.
If he declares a national emergency, Justin Trudeau would invoke sweeping powers no other prime minister in history has used outside of wartime, with the exception of his father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
In short, the Emergencies Act allows the government to impose almost any restriction it wants on Canadians, including on many of our Charter-protected rights. The Act cites other documents, so a full understanding of the Emergencies Act means digging into all these other pieces of Canadian legislation and United Nations documentation.
This Special Report will tell you (almost) everything you need to know about the government’s powers once the Emergency Act is invoked.