Prime Minister Trudeau has been pressed by reporters about the COVID-19 “nuclear option” – invoking the federal Emergencies Act.
PM: “At this time we do not see the federal emergencies act as an essential tool today, but we are continuing to look at the situation and will make decisions based on the best recommendations of science.” (Saturday, March 21)
Provinces and territories are closing their borders to inter-provincial travel and shutting down all but essential industries. A COVID-19 positive woman was arrested in Quebec City for taking a walk while quarantined. As the financial and emotional costs of self-isolation mount, is there still no emergency? And what comes next?
Apparently, what comes next arrived yesterday (March 25) : Bill C-13, enacted by Parliament in the early hours of the morning. It grants emergency spending powers without a declaration of emergency. Why does it matter?