Bauer: Beware when gov'ts declare 'emergencies'

Bauer: Beware when gov'ts declare 'emergencies'

A man is arrested by police on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, as protesters and supporters gather in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, in support of the Freedom Convoy protest against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's restrictive COVID-19 measures that requires truckers entering the country quarantine for 14 days if they're unvaccinated. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)

Bauer: Beware when gov'ts declare 'emergencies'

A conservative activist in the U.S. argues that while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is accusing his political opponents of being Nazis, Trudeau is actually the one who is attempting to crush dissent.

On Monday, Trudeau decided to invoke the never-before-used "Emergencies Act," which grants him "extra" powers to end the protests of truckers who are demanding an end to vaccine mandates. During an appearance this week on American Family Radio, Gary Bauer of Campaign for Working Families, expressed his concerns about governments declaring emergencies.

"I have absolutely no doubt that they've used the idea of an emergency to do this," he offered. "And I would just say … that if we give up our liberty during an emergency, then the Left and many governments will make sure there's always an emergency."

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Bauer points out that when a Jewish member of Parliament defended the truckers, Trudeau accused certain politicians of being comfortable "standing with people who wave swastikas." Reacting to that exchange, the conservative activist contends if anyone in the Canadian House of Commons resembles the German Nazis, it's not the conservative Jewish member who sits in that chamber.

"[The fascists in Germany] declared emergencies and took away the rights of the German people, which is exactly what [Trudeau is] doing – and he calls those dissenting against him Nazis," he adds.

After Trudeau made the swastika comment, the House of Commons erupted in boos and yelling – and Trudeau beat a hasty retreat from the chamber.

Under Canadian law, the Emergencies Act expires 30 days after being invoked.