On Family Day, Feb. 21, a vote was held in the House of Commons to confirm the declaration of a public order emergency proclaimed on Feb. 14.
In other words, to confirm Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoking the Emergencies Act here in Canada.
I seldom share my personal thoughts, but I will admit to being surprised by this. Given that the only remaining blockade in Canada was in Ottawa, and it was cleared by police over the previous weekend, I anticipated the order would be revoked on Monday.
I was wrong.
Not only did the prime minister insist on maintaining the Emergencies Act, he also made the vote a “confidence” vote, meaning if it did not pass he would look to call an election.
Two Liberals MPs, who joined the Conservative and Bloc Quebecois positions that were also backed by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association that the legal threshold to invoke the Emergencies Act had not been met, admitted they would have to vote in favour of the motion solely because of the prime minister’s threat.
The NDP had already committed support for invoking of the Emergencies Act before the details of what was being proposed were tabled in the House. Ultimately, the motion to invoke the act passed with 185 votes in favour and 151 votes opposed, including my own.
Fortunately, two days later on Feb. 23, the prime minister reconsidered and announced the Emergencies Act was being revoked. I fully support this action by the prime minister.
With so much attention on the trucker protest in Ottawa, and the debate in the House regarding the Emergencies Act, other matters that occurred went largely unnoticed. One item that was completely overlooked relates to your wireless telephone bills.
On Feb. 9, in the House of Commons, Trudeau made the following comment: “We promised Canadian families that we would reduce the cost of their cell phone bill. Today, I am happy to announce that we have met our 25% price reduction target. In fact, we have done so three months ahead of schedule.”
That statement related to his 2019 election promise that your cell phone bills would be reduced by 25% within two years, saving the “average” Canadian family $1,000 a year.
It leads to my question for this week.
Have your wireless cell phone bills gone down by 25% as Prime Minister Trudeau claims they have?
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