Rouleau Commission: Protesters in Windsor and Coutts, Alberta, testify

A local Alberta politician accused of participating in the ‘Freedom Convoy’ protests at the Coutts, Alta., border crossing is set to testify Tuesday at the public inquiry into the federal government’s use of the Act on emergency measures.

Marco Van Huigenbos is a councilor from Fort MacLeod, Alta., who was charged with mischief for his role in organizing the protests earlier this year.

OPP Constable Dana Earley and Paul Leschied, who participated in the protests in Windsor, Ont., are also set to testify.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act for the first time in Canadian history on February 14, arguing that its temporary and extraordinary powers were needed to end blockages in Ottawa and at border crossings.

The Emergency Commission is reviewing the Liberal government’s decision to invoke the law.

The public inquiry, which is required under the Emergencies Act, is holding hearings in Ottawa until November 25.


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