Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is next on the witness list at the public inquiry examining the federal government’s decision to enforce the emergency law in response to weeks of protests last winter.
Freeland, who is also federal finance minister, spearheaded the emergency economic powers given to banks and other financial institutions to freeze the accounts of participants in the “freedom convoy.”
The Public Order Emergency Commission is investigating the events leading up to the federal declaration of a state of emergency on February 14, weeks after protests blocked downtown Ottawa and halted Canadian-US trade at several border crossings.
Freeland is the seventh Cabinet minister to testify this week before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wraps up Friday’s public hearings.
Three of Trudeau’s senior staff, including Chief of Staff Katie Telford, are expected to comment after lawyers conclude Freeland’s questioning.
Commissioner Paul Rouleau is expected to submit a final report to Parliament early next year.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 24, 2022.