Former Alberta Prime Minister Jason Kenny has accused the federal government of leaving the province “with bags” to clear out Freedom Convoy protesters who blocked the border crossing in southern Alberta. Found out in a public survey.
Documents released in an investigation into the government’s decision to invoke the state of emergency law last winter show intergovernmental affairs minister Dominique Leblanc relaying a message he received from Kenny between three ministers. contains text messages.
In a message LeBlanc said Kenny wrote, the then prime minister accused Ottawa of not caring about the closure of the Canada-US border in Coutts, Alberta, which could help clear the protests. complained about the federal government’s decision to deny Alberta’s demands for military equipment.vehicles.
LeBlanc sent a message to Transport Minister Omar Alghabra and Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino on February 11. This was three days before the Alberta RCMP moved to arrest him in Coutts.
With an obvious reference to Trudeau, the message attributed to Kenny said:
“This trucker vaccination policy is clearly just stupid political theater,” the message said, seemingly referring to the federal government’s policy to require cross-border truckers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The policy ignited protests in motorcades that ultimately turned demonstrators against other COVID-19 restrictions and the federal government.
The message followed with claims that private contractors would not provide tow trucks and other heavy equipment to “move these strange trucks” because protesters described as “crazy” were making death threats.
“And you guys declined our request for military equipment to help us, because apparently the Canadian government doesn’t really care that the borders are closed,” the message said.
“But don’t worry. Alberta’s RCMP commander proudly told me that they have secured several psychologists to conduct profile assessments of protesters. Drive the tow truck.” “
In response to the text LeBlanc said was from Kenny, Algabra wrote:
LeBlanc replied, “Absolutely.”
No further text messages in the conversation were made public.
A blockade in Coutts closed the highway and border crossing for more than two weeks before being dismantled on February 14, the RCMP seized guns and charged four men with conspiracy to murder.
The same day, the federal government moved to invoke the emergency law in response to ongoing protests in downtown Ottawa.
Coming into its final week, the Public Order Emergency Committee said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet was very concerned about the possibility of the Freedom Convoy sparking further protests after the blockade in Coutts and the six-day border blockade in Windsor. I’ve heard before that you’re concerned. , ont.
One of the reasons the Trudeau administration insisted the emergency law was necessary was that officials were unable to persuade or find tow truck drivers willing to remove the protest vehicles.