February 14 – OTTAWA –The President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Perrin Beatty, issued the quick reaction below following the invocation of the Emergencies Act. Please note that Mr. Beatty was the Minister responsible for bringing the Emergencies Act into effect in 1988.

“The government’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act indicates how serious the threat to public safety and our economy from the ongoing blockades at various points in Canada has become.

“The right to protest is fundamental to Canadian democracy, but it must be exercised in conformity with the law and with respect for the rights and safety of others. In the interests of all Canadians, we ask participants to peacefully end the blockades and peacefully return home immediately.

“The rule of law protects all of our rights and freedoms. It is also critical for our economy’s ability to function. The vast majority of Canadians respect this fundamental aspect of our democracy, which governments at all levels have a responsibility to protect.”

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