Trudeau defends wax mandates, decision on emergencies, in interview

Written by Javed Iqbal

Justin Trudeau says people who have chosen not to be vaccinated against COVID-19 must accept the consequences of those decisions, including lost jobs and limited access to transportation and other services.

“It was their choice and no one would ever force anyone to do something they do not want to do,” the prime minister said in an interview with CBC Radio’s The House sent on Saturday.

“But there are consequences when you do not. You can not choose to endanger your colleagues. You can not choose to expose the people sitting next to you on a plane,” Trudeau said before went to international summits in Africa and Europe.

Federal vaccine mandates played a major role in last fall’s election campaign and proved to be a focus on public anger earlier this year, contributing to the occupation of downtown Ottawa and blockades at border crossings in four provinces.

More protests is planned in the country’s capital over Canada Day long weekend, though the federal government lifted most of the restrictions this week.

Trudeau spoke for a long time The House interview about the unrest, how his government reacted to it, and about his own comments points out that the protesters are coming to Ottawa as a “small fringe minority” with “unacceptable views” contributed to the anger.

“No. I will always shout unacceptable rhetoric and hateful language wherever I see it,” he said, insisting that his remarks in January were never intended for the vaccine that hesitated, but for those he believes deliberately spread misinformation and misinformation.

“Now, unfortunately, with… our modern social media and communication world, it was picked up and mixed up and expanded. And I will not begin to say that I was taken out of context, but my point was that there are people as conscious trying to arouse hatred and intolerance and misinformation, “he added.

“And we need to call these people up, even if we continue to do everything we can to reach out in thoughtful, reasonable ways to people who have concerns or worries and focus on calming those worries and concerns. “

Trudeau on occupying divisive positions

There’s more than a little bit of Pierre Trudeau in Justin Trudeau, the longer he’s in office. There is no public second guess, and increasingly no regrets. Like his father, the younger Trudeau is not inclined to shy away from a political struggle, including over his decision to invoke the emergency law.

That is what the Prime Minister argued in the interview to use the powers of law did nothing to block freedom of expression or peaceful assembly. The border was drawn, he said, when it became clear to the government that there was an illegal occupation.

He compared his decision to end the protests and the language he used to condemn those who advocate illegal acts to criticism of his decision that any liberal candidate should support a woman’s right to vote.

“Well, I was accused of being divisive in that area because people who deeply believe in being anti-abortion were therefore excluded from my perspective on this,” he said.

“Every time you come to take a strong position, especially one that is controversial in society, there will be people who feel that you are strong against them. And what you need to do every step of the time as a leader is to find out of whether it is worth the division to stand up for something that is known to be right, and whether it is women’s rights or people’s freedom to be protected during a pandemic. “

Chris Hall, CBC’s national editor and host of The House on CBC Radio, is interviewing Deputy Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from his home in Rideau Cottage, Ottawa, on Monday, June 20th. (Philip Ling / CBC)

Formal reviews are now underway into the reasons for the decision to invoke the Emergency Preparedness Act for the first time. And as with the decision itself, these hearings are not without controversy or drama.

Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino told the parliamentary committee in April that the action was invoked on the advice of the police. Since then, two other cabinet members, Emergency Response Minister Bill Blair and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, told the same committee that they did not hear recommendations from police to pass the Emergency Law.

“I am not aware of any law enforcement recommendation,” Blair said.

Trudeau was asked who is right.

“We had a lot of advice from Justice. From public safety. From different areas,” he said. “But if you think about the specific tools, one of the specific complaints was that tow truck drivers were not willing to send their rigs in at the expense of being ostracized or harassed by these protesters.”

Was that what overturned the balance?

“Well, no .. I said, ‘Okay. What are the tools to get tow truck drivers to do that?’ And we saw that one of the only tools we had that would be effective in the time frame needed was to introduce the emergency law. “

Opposition MPs are demanding full access to the decision-making process before the law was invoked. But witnesses, including RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki and CSIS Director David Vigneault, have told them they do not have the power to reveal their talks or advice to the Cabinet.

“I can not speak specifically to any advice given in the Cabinet,” Lucki told the committee last month when asked if her force had suggested action be enforced.

She also postponed when asked if situation reports of what happened would be published, saying those reports belong to the government.

It told the Prime Minister The House that the government will release these situation reports and what he called “the reality we faced across the country.”

But demands that he relinquish the long-standing practice of maintaining the cabinet’s confidentiality will not be met, he said, to ensure ministers have the confidence to speak freely about matters of national importance.

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