Ontario police labelled Ottawa convoy protest a national security threat one week before Emergencies Act was invoked - 2022-03-24
OTTAWA — Intelligence reports led Ontario police to label Ottawa's convoy protests a national security threat a full week before the federal Emergencies Act was invoked — and two weeks before the occupation was ultimately cleared out of the capital's downtown core.
Ontario Provincial Police told members of Parliament's public safety committee Thursday that the demonstration was deemed a national security concern "on or about" Feb. 7. It would be seven more days before the federal government triggered the never-used act to help bring the protest to an end.
"I can say that the Emergencies Act was an extremely valuable tool," said OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique. "In the absence of having those tools, we could not have been as effective as we were."