On Thursday, October 13, TDF’s Litigation Director Alan Honner spoke to the Commission about our on-the-ground efforts in Ottawa and Windsor during the Freedom Convoy last February and explained that TDF is currently representing dozens of people who have been criminally charged in relation to the protests in Ottawa, Windsor and Coutts. And that TDF also represents thousands of others who have been charged under the Quarantine Act and other COVID-related matters.
In his opening statement, Alan Honner explained that TDF's objective is to participate in the fact-finding process of this inquiry. TDF wants to know the real reason why the federal government invoked the Emergencies Act. From our perspective, the government did not meet the requisite legal grounds to invoke a public order emergency. The extortionary measures the government invoked were inappropriate and outside of their jurisdiction.
“From our perspective, the government did not meet the requisite legal grounds to invoke a Public Order Emergency.”— True North (@TrueNorthCentre) October 13, 2022
Alan Honner, Litigation Director at The Democracy Fund, states his intention to find out why the government invoked the Emergencies Act. pic.twitter.com/mYnr6LlPY9
In a later interview with Rebel News, Alan Honner points out the Ontario Provincial Police's (OPP) comment during yesterday's Public Order Emergency Commission about how the Windsor protest was dealt with and how this helped our case:
TDF Litigation Director Alan Honner points out OPP's comment during yesterday's Public Order Emergency Commission.— The Democracy Fund (@TDF_Can) October 14, 2022
"Windsor was very much a success story." pic.twitter.com/iCEhaKyPED
"I thought TDF was going to need to make this argument... but now it looks like the OPP is going to be helping us out with that."— The Democracy Fund (@TDF_Can) October 14, 2022
Watch TDF Litigation Director Alan Honner's full interview with @ezralevant of @RebelNewsOnline: https://t.co/P9oTtNWymF pic.twitter.com/mNfo9P4NNz
Alan Honner also highlights a very important comment made in the Alberta government's opening statement:
Alberta government said the law enforcement mechanisms were, "completely sufficient" to deal with Couttspic.twitter.com/OY4TjARnEk— Dr. Julie Ponesse (@DrJuliePonesse) October 14, 2022
Watch Alan Honner's full interview with Rebel News where he discusses day 1 of the Public Order Emergency Commission:
It is important to recall that, in order to justify its declaration of a public order emergency under the Emergencies Act, the government must establish, on reasonable grounds, that a public order emergency exists and necessitates the taking of special temporary measures for dealing with the emergency. The situation must be so dire that it cannot be effectively dealt with under any other law of Canada.
The definition of a public order emergency is an emergency that arises from threats to the security of Canada and that is so serious as to be a national emergency.
Threats to the security of Canada is defined, in the Canadian Security Intelligence Services Act as: (a) espionage or sabotage that is against Canada or is detrimental to the interests of Canada or activities directed toward or in support of such espionage or sabotage, (b) foreign influenced activities within or relating to Canada that are detrimental to the interests of Canada and are clandestine or deceptive or involve a threat to any person, (c) activities within or relating to Canada directed toward or in support of the threat or use of acts of serious violence against persons or property for the purpose of achieving a political, religious or ideological objective within Canada or a foreign state, and (d) activities directed toward undermining by covert unlawful acts, or directed toward or intended ultimately to lead to the destruction or overthrow by violence of, the constitutionally established system of government in Canada.
*All quotes are subject to revision as Commission video and transcripts become available.