Four significant legal challenges have been initiated against the federal government across the country. The Federal Court has granted the Government of Alberta’s application to intervene on the non-constitutional issues, such as the unnecessary invocation of the Emergencies Act, since the province already had the legislative tools necessary to stop illegal blockades. Alberta has also advised the Federal Court of the province’s participation on the constitutional issues that have been raised. With the court order allowing Alberta to intervene, Alberta will be involved in all issues raised before the court, constitutionally and non-constitutionally.
“We will protect our province from the dangerous precedent set by the federal government in pointlessly invoking the Emergencies Act. Their decision to invoke the act violated the constitutionally guaranteed rights of Albertans, and all Canadians. It is our duty to do everything we can to protect Albertans’ freedoms and liberties from this kind of breach. No government should have the power to seize a person’s property or withhold access to their assets without due process of the law.”
“We continue to stand up for Albertans because we believe they know what is best for our province. And this is why certain matters fall under the responsibility of each province. This federal government tactic was an unjustified violation of provincial jurisdiction under Canada’s Constitution, especially when the blockades at the Coutts and Windsor borders were effectively resolved without the federal Emergencies Act.”
Alberta’s government is taking the necessary steps to ensure the province can make its position heard before the court.