Statement from MP Doug Shipley on Emergencies Act

Doug Shipley, Member of Parliament for Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte, issued the following statement today:

“This week, the Prime Minister invoked the Emergencies Act, declaring a public order emergency.

Once a government has issued an emergency declaration, they have 7 days to table in Parliament a motion outlining the declaration of emergency and the reasons for calling an emergency. Parliament is required to immediately debate this motion. At the conclusion of debate, Parliament will vote on the contents of the motion.

It is unfortunate that the situation has intensified to this stage. I agree that the blockades need to end. Unfortunately, the Prime Minister has made no efforts to de-escalate the situation before taking the unprecedented step of imposing powers of the Emergencies Act.

The invocation of this Act sets a dangerous precedent. As such, I will be voting against the Emergencies Act, along with my Conservative colleagues.”

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