UPDATED 12:59 PM PT – Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) recently denounced Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s use of emergency powers. While speaking on a Based Politics podcast Sunday, the Republican said that the emergency is giving Trudeau near total power over Canada.
The Kentucky lawmaker claims that not only does the act allow the suspension of bank accounts, but even allows him to go as far as detaining citizens indefinitely without trial. Paul also warned similar so-called emergency laws exist in the U.S.
“I think statutes that allow presidents or heads of state to invoke emergencies are very, very dangerous,” he stated. “We have the same sort of statutes here and I have long-time been an opponent of these. We actually have in the United States an Emergency Act that allows the president to shut down the internet.”
Sen. Paul said that there have been emergencies afforded to presidents that have been renewed every year for decades. Meanwhile, a majority of American voters do not like the way the Canadian prime minister responded to the trucker protest of vaccine mandates.
A survey conducted by the Convention of States Action and the Trafalgar Group released Tuesday shows 55 percent of American voters disapprove of Trudeau’s handling of the protest while only 35 percent approve.
Trudeau invoked his country’s Emergencies Act to break up the peaceful trucker protest in Ottawa. Under the act, Canadian authorities were allowed to use heavy handed tactics to disperse the Freedom Convoy despite the truckers remaining peaceful.