(PresidentialWire.com)- Libertarian Republican Senator for Kentucky Rand Paul has sounded the alarm over Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act, warning that the United States federal government may take similar action next.
Trudeau revoked the Emergencies Act on February 23, but not before he used the sweeping powers granted to him in the legislation to seize private property, freeze bank accounts, and forcibly remove protesters from the streets in Ottawa. The decision to invoke the never-before-used law was made after weeks of peaceful protests in the nation’s capital city forced Trudeau to decide between ending COVID restrictions and vaccine mandates or sending in the police to remove the protesters.
During an interview with BASED Politics, Paul warned that the statute used by Trudeau was a “very, very dangerous” thing and that the United States has similar statutes here.
“We actually have in the United States an Emergency Act that allows the president to shut down the internet,” Senator Paul warned, adding that he had even tried to get Democrats to work with libertarian-leaning Republicans during the Trump administration to restrict those emergency powers.
He noted that Senator Mike Lee had proposed reforms to the Emergency Act, but that the legislation remains in place.
He also said that there are several emergencies in the United States that have been going on for decades, and the president can just “renew” those emergencies to maintain power every year.
Senator Paul slammed Trudeau for invoking the act and warned that he could use it to take drastic action.
Trudeau’s decision to revoke the act came only after intense pressure from within his own country and from all over the world – but he only took action after successfully dragging hundreds of protesters and trucks from the streets of Ottawa.
Remember when Trudeau said that he had “heard” the protesters? Well, apparently he didn’t, because Canada’s COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine mandates remain in place…
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