“A legally mandated inquiry into the federal government’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act will begin on Oct. 13.

“Alberta is one of two provinces to apply for and be granted full standing to actively participate in all aspects of the inquiry.

“Alberta will demonstrate that the Coutts border blockade was effectively dealt with prior to the federal government’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act.

“The decision to invoke the act violated the constitutionally guaranteed rights of Albertans and gave the federal government the ability to seize property without due process of law.

“In addition to participating in the inquiry, Alberta filed notice to intervene in legal challenges initiated against the federal government by the Canadian Constitution Foundation and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association earlier this year.

“Alberta already had the legislative tools necessary to deal with blockades. The unnecessary invocation of the Emergencies Act has set a dangerous precedent and it is incumbent upon Alberta to challenge the violation of the rights of Albertans and all Canadians.”