Need for Emergencies Act rejected by premiers on call with PM

Sources say B.C. Premier John Horgan was forcefully against the Emergencies Act on a call with other premiers, calling it a distraction. 
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Date Published: April 10, 2020

Source: CBC

Yesterday, Canada’s 13 premiers rejected the federal government’s idea of pushing the Emergencies Act. The letter sent by Ottawa was met with opinions ranging from deep frustrations to indifference. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emphasizes that he does not want to invoke the act but is looking into it as part of a possible contingency plan. The Emergencies Act gives the federal government sweeping powers to regulate travel, use of property, order qualified people to provide essential services, and regulate goods and resource distribution. At the current time, it is thought that invoking the Emergencies Act might do more harm than good.

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