Trudeau minister says Canada considering invoking the Emergencies Act to tackle COVID pandemic

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Liberal Procurement Minister Anita Anand said on Sunday that the Canadian government would “consider all options” when asked whether Canada would considering invoking the Emergencies Act to help deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Global News reports. The Emergencies Act allows the federal government to appropriate what are normally provincial responsibilities, such as control over health and commerce, and allows the Prime Minister to issue executive orders. It also allows the federal government to appropriate or forcefully move property. The act, which has never been invoked, was passed in 1988 as a replacement for the War Measures Act, which itself was invoked three times in Canadian history. It was last invoked by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Justin Trudeau’s father, to deal with the October Crisis, when the Deputy Premier of Quebec and a British diplomat were kidnapped by the FLQ, a Quebecois nationalist group. The War Measures Act was also invoked during both world wars. The federal government reportedly considered using the act last year during the first wave of the pandemic, but ultimately did not make use of it.

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