“The CCF welcomes the early release of the report and looks forward to analyzing the findings in the report,” said CCF Litigation Director Joanna Baron. “Once we have had time to fully absorb the findings in this report we will have further comment, and we encourage the public to review the report as well, because the first ever use of the Emergencies Act has important implications for democracy and the rule of law in Canada.”
The CCF was a party to the Public Order Emergency Commission, and cross examined federal Cabinet Ministers including the Prime Minister. The CCF is also bringing a judicial review of the government’s use of the Emergencies Act with hearings scheduled to take place in April.
“We want to thank the Commissioner and Commission counsel for their work preparing this report. We also look forward to the upcoming hearing in our separate court challenge scheduled for April,” concluded Baron.
A copy of the factum in the federal court challenge is available here.
Members of the public interested in supporting the CCF’s work as a part of the inquiry and the CCF’s legal challenge in federal court to the federal government’s use of the Emergencies Act can make a tax deductible charitable donation on the CCF’s website here: https://theccf.ca/donate/