On February 17 the “Ottawa By-law” Official Twitter account published a Tweet threatening animal owners who have been participating in the Freedom Convoy.
“Attention animal owners at demonstration”, the Tweet reads, “If you are unable to care for your animal as a result of enforcement actions, your animal will be placed into protective care for 8 days, at your cost. After 8 days, if arrangements are not made, your animal will be considered relinquished.”
The tweet was met with immense backlash from opponents of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new enforcement. On Monday, Trudeau announced that Canada was under a national public order emergency, a rather rare occurrence. According to the New York Times, last Canada’s emergency powers were invoked was a half century ago. A 1988 Quebec terrorism crisis was the reason for the order, and Justin Trudeau’s father and Canada’s then-Prime Minister, a Mister Pierre Elliott, was the man who called for it.
Since the declaration, Trudeau has been utilizing the assistance of policemen on horses to forcefully remove peaceful protestors who have been gathered in the streets in a bid of solidarity against the country’s newly enacted Orwellian vaccine mandates .
“We cannot and will not allow illegal and dangerous activities to continue,” the Canadian Prime Minister said in a speech to the nation, pointing to “serious challenges to law enforcement’s ability to effectively enforce the law.”
Trudeau said he would not use his authority under the declaration, which will last for 30 days, to bring in the military, reiterating his previous position against intervention by the armed forces.
But Canada’s justice minister, David Lametti, outlined a wide array of special powers now at the government’s disposal.
The police will now be able to seize trucks and other vehicles used in blockades. The measure will formally ban demonstrations that “go beyond lawful protest,” he said, and the government will formally ban blockades in designated areas like border crossings, airports and the city of Ottawa.
Tow-truck operators, who have been reluctant to cooperate with the police, will now be compelled to work with law enforcement agencies to clear Ottawa’s streets and the border crossings at Coutts, Alberta, and Emerson, Manitoba.
Seizing pets is now added to the list, with many arguing that this is abuse of power. If animals are seized and held beyond 8 days, they are considered relinquished to animal control who then has the ability to deem them adoptable or up for euthanasia. Daily costs will also be incurred while pets are temporarily held, requiring owners to pay hefty fines prior to the release of the animal back into their possession.