by Kit Knightly
Last night Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland held a joint press conference where they announced their decision to invoke the Emergencies Act in response to the Freedom Convoy protests. But what is the Emergencies Act? And what new powers does is Trudeau government claiming?
Under these rules, Canadian banks are now empowered to freeze or suspend any account without a court order, and are protected from any legal action taken against them as a result. To be clear: If a bank freezes your account because they believe you donated to the convoy, and you lose business or miss a rent payment as a result, you cannot sue them. Further, Freeland suggests banks “review their relationships” with anyone found to be taking part in the protests, or financially supporting them. Meaning, closing down your accounts completely and refusing your business.