An investigation into the use of Canada’s Emergencies Act against the Freedom Convoy stopped briefly Wednesday after an attorney collapsed during a hearing.
Gabriel Poliquin of the Public Order Emergency Commission collapsed during the questioning of Ontario’s deputy solicitor general Mario Di Tommaso, according to CBC.
Video of the episode showed Poliquin crumping behind his podium as spectators gasped.
CBC had no further details on Poliquin’s condition, calling it “unclear.” However, a post on Twitter indicated he was on the mend and “I should be up and running in a few days.”
Hello! As Commissioner Rouleau said this morning, I should be up and running in a few days. Thank you to those who have sent me messages of friendship and support – your humanity and compassion have meant a lot. 1/3
— Gabriel Poliquin ?? (@GabrielPoliquin) November 10, 2022
The hearings were called to probe Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Feb. 14 decision to invoke the Emergencies Act to break up the Freedom Convoy, which at the time was occupying some streets in Ottawa and blocking border crossings.
The hearings, which began last month and are set to wrap up on Nov. 25, were set to resume Thursday.
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The Freedom Convoy began as a national protest against COVID-19 mandates, with truckers forming a convoy in western Canada that traveled across the country to Ottawa. Once there, the convoy remained for 23 days until the Emergencies Act was invoked. Spin-offs from the main convoy blockaded border crossings.
According to Global News, a document entered into evidence in the hearings from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service said the act would have positive and negative effects.
The report said it would clear Ottawa of truckers who had occupied parts of the city’s downtown, but also “likely increase the number of Canadians who hold extreme anti-government views and push some toward the belief that violence is the only solution to…