U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)-– Canada is becoming a police state. The Canadian House of Commons has abdicated its responsibilities. This has a significant effect on Canadian gun owners.
The Emergency Act allows the Trudeau administration to punish people for things they legally did months or years ago, particularly political contributions. No Court order is required.
The Emergency Act invoked by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is limited by law in several ways. One of those is a requirement that both houses of Parliament consider the Act within seven “sitting” days, continually debate the act, and then vote on it.
The Emergency Measure (the Act is the law, the measure is what Trudeau proclaimed, using the Act) was proclaimed on 14 February 2022. It has already been approved by the House of Commons, in a vote of 151 to 185. The Conservatives and Bloc Québécois opposed the Act. The Liberals and New Democrat parties (both far left) approved of it.
The Canadian Senate was designed to be a check on the power of the popular vote in the House of Commons. It has not worked out that way. The Senate has become a rubber stamp for the House of Commons.
The Senate has real power. It has chosen not to use it. It could exercise its power by voting against the Emergency Act. The Senate is required to take up the measure on the first “sitting day” following when the motion is laid before the Senate. It is to debate the measure continuously until it is ready for a vote. Then the vote must be taken.
If the vote is negative the Emergency Measure is revoked the day of the vote.
The Canadian Senate calendar shows it has sitting days on February 21, 22, 23, and 24, with possible sitting days of February 25 and 28. In March there are shown sitting days of March 1, 2, and 3.
If the Calendar holds, the Canadian Senate must vote on the Emergency Measure reasonably soon.
This correspondent hopes the Canadian Senate shows a spine and votes to end the Emergency Measure, which does not come close to meeting the required provisions for its use. It seems unlikely the Senate will do so.
The Justin Trudeau administration has ruled in Canada for two years. The Canadian Parliament has voluntarily given up its power, with the excuse of COVID19. The House of Commons has voted to extend the Emergency Measure, which grants dictatorial powers to Justin Trudeau for at least 30 days. Experience shows totalitarian rulers seldom give up power voluntarily.
The Trudeau administration, by executive order, ruled many Canadian guns are contraband. This was done in early 2020. Canadian gun owners have been uncertain of what they may, or may not do. It is a signature of dictators that the rule of law does not apply.
The deadline to turn in the banned guns is April 30th, 2022. If the Emergency Measure is still in place at that time, the Trudeau administration will have all the power it needs to confiscate guns from Canadians, without compensation.
In December of 2021, Trudeau supported a ban on all handguns in Canada. Under the Emergency Measure, the Trudeau administration could require all legally owned handguns in Canada be turned in to the government. All legal handguns in Canada are registered with the government.
Under the Emergency Measure, no compensation is necessary. Canadian bank accounts can be frozen without any court order, for any reason. Canadians are liable to have their lives and livelihood destroyed for things they did legally months or years ago.
While talking to a dual Canadian and a United States citizen in the last few days, this correspondent heard real fear in their voice. They had removed all of their assets from Canadian banks. They still owned real estate in Canada. In totalitarian regimes, real estate is significantly devalued, because the property is no longer secured by the rule of law.
This correspondent has a dismal prediction: The Emergency Measure will not end any time soon. The Measure will be used to destroy any political opposition in Canada. Canada faces a bleak future.
Update: The Canadian Senate started debating the Emergency Measure on February 22. The debate continued into February 23. Thank God this correspondent was wrong. PM Trudeau faced defeat in the Senate with a possible vote of no confidence following. Trudeau blinked and canceled the Emergency measure as the Senate continued debate. With the cancellation of the Emergency measure, the Senate immediately adjourned. The Senate voted to adjourn and adjourned at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2022.
This is a historic day in Canada.
About Dean Weingarten:
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.