By Selwyn Duke
Is this North America or China? Many might have asked this question when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used an iron fist to crush his nation’s 3,000-strong “freedom” truckers, who were protesting tyrannical and irrational Covid mandates early this year. But now a public inquiry has revealed the answer to the above question: It was Washington, D.C.
That is, Trudeau took the unprecedented step of using of his nation’s Emergencies Act on February 14 after coming under Biden administration pressure to do so. As the New York Post reports, top administration officials
pressed their Canadian counterparts to clear truckers blockading parts of the United States’s northern border during protests in January.
A public inquiry into the Canadian government’s decision to use emergency powers to clear the “Freedom Convoy” protesters revealed on Thursday that frantic phone calls were placed by Washington to Ottawa in an effort to open up choked-off supply lines.
“They are very, very, very worried,” Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland wrote in an email to her staff after a Feb. 10 phone call from White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, according to Politico.
“If this is not sorted out in the next 12 hours, all of their northeastern car plants will shut down,” Freeland continued in her email.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg phoned his Canadian counterpart, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra, the same day Deese called Freeland, according to the report, and Buttigieg pressed Alghabra about Canada’s “plan to resolve” the protests.
Alghabra told the commission that Buttigieg initiated the call and that the interaction was “unusual.”
Brian Clow, deputy chief of staff to Canada’s prime minister, also heard from White House aides, including National Security Council director Juan Gonzalez, who wanted to connect Canadian national security officials with the US Department of Homeland Security.
A phone call between President Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took place the following day, on Feb. 11, where Trudeau conveyed to the commander-in-chief that Ottawa had a plan to end the blockades.
Politico adds that this interaction
ended with an appeal to the president: “We are in this together. We benefit from our integrated supply chains. Some U.S. politicians are arguing for more protectionism. That’s a mistake.”
After the Trudeau-Biden conversation, Clow followed up with Freeland.
“POTUS was quite constructive,” he wrote. “There was no lecturing. Biden immediately agreed this is a shared problem.”
The president reportedly alluded to trucker convoys rumored to be heading to the Super Bowl in Los Angeles, as well as for the streets of Washington.
Clow’s text said Trudeau spoke with the president about American influence on the Canadian blockades, including “money, people, and political/media support.”
So Joe Biden — the “big guy,” as he was called in correspondence relating to his son’s crooked business dealings — talked to Trudeau on February 11, and three days later the Canadian leader invoked the Emergencies Act for the first time in history.
As to what this enabled, American Thinker reminds us that Trudeau then began “freezing trucker bank accounts, imprisoning their leaders, shutting down a GoFundMe account for truckers, banning travel to the protests, which had attracted 15,000 people, hauling off and termininating [sic] parental rights of truckers to their own children, and expropriating their trucks.”
“All that, over a peaceful trucker protest over a vaccine mandate.”
Is it any wonder why, in 2013, Trudeau expressed admiration for the Chinese dictatorship?
As for the prime minister, he had to testify in the public inquiry Friday, before his nation’s Public Order Emergency Commission. The result?
“Trudeau denied doing anything wrong, blamed others and will probably get off scot free,” writes the Toronto Sun, giving us the short version and calling his testimony “deeply unsatisfying.” Providing highlights, the paper also informs that Blackface Trudeau “showed up late,” “swore on a Bible” — and lied. The Sun cites the following example:
“I did not call people who were unvaccinated names,” Trudeau said in response to a question saying that he had referred to unvaccinated Canadians as “racists” and “misogynists.” We’ll let you decide if that’s true: The quote in question comes from a Sept. 2021 appearance on the Quebec talk show La semaine des 4 Julie, in which Trudeau said the following, “We all know people who are a little hesitant (about vaccination), and we’re going to try and convince them, but there are also people who are fiercely opposed to vaccination; who don’t believe in science, who are often misogynists, who are often racist as well.”
Another interesting gem from Trudeau’s testimony was when he said that “using protests to demand changes to public policy is something that I think is worrisome,” the Sun further relates. The paper then presents a bit of a defense of Trudeau, implying that he might’ve been justified because the Freedom Convoy 2022 protesters had threatened to completely shut down the country until all Covid mandates were rescinded.
Of course, coming to mind here is John F. Kennedy’s observation, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.” All the Canadian government had to do was rescind pandemic restrictions that had no basis in science and were economically devastating. But the truckers were, actually, demanding something unreasonable from government: rationality.
Again, many would liken Trudeau to China’s Xi, who even now won’t admit error and is doubling down on Covidian tyranny. And with his own mass protests to deal with, perhaps Xi will take a leaf from Trudeau’s book. Aside from the latter’s childishness and woke affinities, after all, the two do have much in common.
For those interested, Sun political columnist Brian Lilley analyzed the public inquiry testimony and makes the case that Trudeau’s use of the Emergencies Act was illegal (video below).