Threat of violence was key factor in decision to invoke Emergencies Act: Trudeau - Canada News

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And the fact that there was not yet any serious violence that had been noted was obviously a good thing," Trudeau told the Public Order Emergency Commission on Friday. "But we could not say that there was no potential for threats of serious violence; for serious violence to happen over the coming days. The Emergencies Act identifies a public order emergency as a threat to Canada's security, as defined in the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act. That definition includes espionage or sabotage of Canada's interests, foreign influence, acts of serious violence against people or property with political, religious or ideological objectives, or the violent overthrow of the Canadian government. Once protesters arrived in Ottawa, Trudeau said he had a call with one of his Ottawa MPs, Yasir Naqvi.
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