Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is next on the list of witnesses to the public inquiry into the federal government’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act in response to protests that lasted for weeks last winter .
Freeland, who is also the federal finance minister, was the leader of the emergency economic powers granted to banks and other financial institutions to freeze the accounts of participants in the “Freedom Convoy”.
The Public Order Emergency Commission is examining the events leading up to the declaration of a federal emergency on February 14, weeks after protests that paralyzed downtown Ottawa and halted trade between Canada and the United States at several border crossings.
Freeland is the seventh cabinet minister to testify this week before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau closes public hearings on Friday.
Three of Trudeau’s top executives, including chief of staff Katie Telford, are expected to speak after lawyers finish questioning Freeland.
Commissioner Paul Rouleau is expected to present a final report to Parliament early next year.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 24, 2022.
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