Justice Centre at Public Inquiry into Use of Emergencies Act – Watch the Videos Here

The Justice Centre, along with the Democracy Fund and Citizens for Freedom, has “full participatory standing” at the Inquiry, which will include a seat at counsel table, the opportunity to make evidentiary, factual, and legal submissions, to submit policy papers, to suggest and cross-examine witnesses, and/or to participate in policy roundtables and deliberations. Lawyers Rob Kittredge and Hatim Kheir are attending on behalf of the Justice Centre.

Additionally, the Justice Centre funds the solicitors of the Freedom Convoy group with standing at the Inquiry, Keith Wilson, KC, and Eva Chipiuk.

The Commission has announced that it expects to hear from 65 witnesses within the next six weeks.

You can see videos of selected cross examinations below, and find additional information in our Twitter feed from the commission.

Public Order Emergency Commission Videos
Day 31

November 25

Chipiuk delivers the summary statement

Eva Chipiuk, counsel for Freedom Convoy Organizers Eva Chipiuk, counsel for Freedom Convoy Organizers, delivers the summary statement for her clients on the final day of the hearings for evidence at the Public Order Emergency Commission in Ottawa on November 25, 2022. Written final statements from all parties are to follow. The Commission will move on to it policy phase.

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Day 31

November 25

Chipiuk cross-examines Trudeau

Eva Chipiuk, counsel for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Chipiuk reads several submissions from Convoy supporters to the Commission and asks Trudeau if he understands now why people came to Ottawa in January and February. Chipiuk also questions him about the Ottawa Mayor’s deal with the protesters just prior to the invocation of the Emergencies Act.

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Day 31

November 25

Kittredge cross-examines Trudeau

Rob Kittredge, counsel for the Justice Centre

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Kittredge returns to a theme he has brought up with previous witnesses, the use of the Emergencies Act to procure tow trucks and compel tow truck drivers to act. He then shows Trudeau a newly unredacted document, disclosed only that morning (after Trudeau had begun his testimony) showing that Americans had offered tow trucks prior to the invocation of the Emergencies Act.

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Day 30

November 24

Miller cross-examines Telford, Brodhead, and Clow

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizer

Katie Telford, the Prime Minister’s Office Chief of Staff

Brain Clow, the Prime Minister’s Office Deputy Chief of Staff

John Broadhead, the Prime Minister’s Office Director

Miller begins with an appeal to Commissioner Rouleau to remove Government of Canada redactions. He then proceeds to ask Telford about redacted notes of her office manager.

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Day 30

November 24

Miller cross-examines Freeland

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

Miller asks Freeland about a note in her handwriting where she appears to be asking that the protesters be designated as “terrorists.”

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Day 30

November 24

Public Order Emergency Commission Update

Hatim Kheir and Rob Kittredge, counsel for the Justice Centre Kheir recounts the major developments of Day 30 of the Public Order Emergency Commission.

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Day 29

November 23

Kheir cross-examines Alghabra

Hatim Kheir, counsel for the Justice Centre

Omar Alghabra, federal Minister of Transport

Kheir asks Alghabra if the federal government considered resuming its vaccine mandate exemption for truckers in response to the protests.

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Day 29

November 23

Kittredge cross-examines Anandi

Rob Kittredge, counsel for the Justice Centre

Anita Anand, Canada’s Minister of National Defence

Kittredge asks Anand about the principles of cabinet confidentially and cabinet solidarity, followed by questions referring to a text message between David Lametti and Marco Mendicino where they joke about bringing in tanks to end the Freedom Convoy protests. Kittredge asks about the National Defence Act and if Anand thinks it is the law of last resort.

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Day 29

November 23

Miller cross-examines Lametti

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General,

Miller tries to get Lametti to explain the legal justification for invoking the Emergencies Act, but Lametti invokes solicitor-client privilege. The client in this case is the Government of Canada.

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Day 28

November 22

Miller’s ejection and return to the hearing

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers This is a compilation of clips from Day 28 of the Public Order Emergency Commission hearing in Ottawa, November 22, 2022. It shows the events that lead to the ejection of Brendan Miller, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers, from the hearing in the morning and his subsequent return that afternoon. At the end is a clip of Freedom Convoy counsel Bath-Shéba van den Berg putting a newly unredacted document to the Commission. This disclosure is related to issues raised earlier by Miller.

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Day 28

November 22

Kheir cross-examines LeBlanc

Hatim Kheir, counsel for the Justice Centre

Dominic LeBlanc, federal Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

Kheir questions LeBlanc about the consultation phone call with the Premiers on the morning of February 14, the day the Emergencies Act was invoked.

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Day 28

November 22

Miller cross-examines Mendicino

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety

Miller relies on Mendicino’s past experience as a federal public prosecutor to try to get him to acknowledge that the identity of a person who is photographed in public waving a Nazi flag is not protected by national security considerations. This refers to testimony by CSIS Director Vigneault from the previous day.

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Day 28

November 22

Public Order Emergency Commission Update

Hatim Kheir and Rob Kittredge counsel for the Justice Centre Kheir recounts the major developments of Day 28 of the Public Order Emergency Commission.

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Day 27

November 21

Miller cross-examines Blair – Additional 5 min

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Bill Blair, federal Minister for Emergency Preparedness and President of the Privy Council

After receiving a document late in the day’s proceedings, Miller asks for, and is eventually granted, five additional minutes. He asks Blair about some newly unredacted minutes from a February 12 ministerial briefing which show that all the law enforcement agencies approved an engagement plan to negotiate a deal with the convoy protesters.

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Day 27

November 21

Miller cross-examines Blair

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Bill Blair, federal Minister for Emergency Preparedness and President of the Privy Council

Miller takes Blair through documents that appear to demonstrate that Blair was opposed to any peaceful resolution to the Freedom Convoy protest last February. Blair objects to this characterization.

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Day 27

November 21

Miller cross-examines Vigneault, Tessier and Chayer

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

David Vigneault, Director of Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)

Michelle Tessier, CSIS Deputy Director of Operations

Marie-Hélène Chayer, Executive Director of the Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre

After sparring with Government of Canada counsel Robert MacKinnon, Miller then asks the panel about several documents related to the government creation of a narrative smearing the Freedom Convoy protesters as violent extremists.

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Day 27

November 21

Kittredge cross-examines Blair

Rob Kittredge, counsel for the Justice Centre

Bill Blair, federal Minister for Emergency Preparedness and President of the Privy Council

Kittredge gets Blair to agree that the CSIS definition regarding serious violence in the Emergencies Act is sound. Blair attempts to define, or re-define, serious violence.

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Day 27

November 21

Kheir cross-examines Vigneault, Tessier and Chayer

Hatim Kheir, counsel for the Justice Centre

David Vigneault, Director of Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)

Michelle Tessier, CSIS Deputy Director of Operations

Marie-Helene Chayer, Executive Director of the Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre

Kheir gets Vigneault to state that he was given legal advice that the Emergencies Act includes a broader definition of a public order emergency than the one written in the Act.

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Day 27

November 21

Public Order Emergency Commission Update

Hatim Kheir and Rob Kittredge counsel for the Justice Centre Kheir recounts the major developments of Day 27 of the Public Order Emergency Commission.

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Day 26

November 18

Miller cross-examines Charette and Drouin

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Janice Charette, Clerk of the Privy Council

Nathalie Drouin, Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council

Miller addresses his questions to the Deputy Clerk, a lawyer, to get to a legal interpretation of the CSIS and Emergencies Acts, and how they work together.

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Day 26

November 18

Miller cross-examines Bogden and Hutchinson

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Jacquie Bogden, Deputy Secretary of Emergency Preparedness

Jeff Hutchinson, Senior Advisor

Miller asks if they understand that the Emergencies Act can only be invoked if certain legal requisites under the Act are met.

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Day 25

November 17

Miller cross-examines Thomas

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Jody Thomas, National Security and Intelligence Advisor (NSIA) to the Prime Minister of Canada

Miller asks Thomas about her role in the lead up to the Emergencies Act. He also queries her about her plan to expand the NSIA office to include intelligence gathering capabilities.

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Day 25

November 17

Kheir cross-examines Sabia, Jacques and Mendes

Hatim Kheir, counsel for the Justice Centre

Department of Finance Canada bureaucrats Michael Sabia

Deputy Minister, and Assistant Deputy Ministers Isabelle Jacques and Rhys Mendes

Kheir puts it to the panel that essentially the government created something new by declaring the Ottawa Freedom Convoy protest illegal and then targeting funds based on the fact that it was financing illegal activity.

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Day 25

November 17

Miller cross-examines Sabia, Jacques and Mendes

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Department of Finance Canada bureaucrats Michael Sabia

Deputy Minister, and Assistant Deputy Ministers Isabelle Jacques and Rhys Mendes

Miller asks the panel if they are aware that financing political protests in Canada is protected free speech.

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Day 25

November 17

Public Order Emergency Commission Update

Hatim Kheir and Rob Kittredge counsel for the Justice Centre Kheir recounts the major developments of Day 25 of the Public Order Emergency Commission.

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Day 24

November 16

Kheir cross-examines Keenan and Dea

Hatim Kheir, counsel for the Justice Centre

Michael Keenan, Deputy Minister at Transport Canada

Christian Dea, Transport Canada’s Chief Economist

Kheir asks Keenan whether he was aware, back in February, that Alberta, the Ontario Provincial Police, and the Ottawa Police Service were able to obtain tow trucks before the invocation of the Emergencies Act.

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Day 24

November 16

Miller cross-examines Keenan and Dea

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Michael Keenan, Deputy Minister at Transport Canada

Christian Dea, Transport Canada’s Chief Economist

Miller asks Keenan and Dea about Statistics Canada’s April 2022 assessment that the border protests did not have a significant impact on international trade.

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Day 24

November 16

Kheir cross-examines Ossowski

Hatim Kheir, counsel for the Justice Centre

John Ossowski, retired President of the Canada Border Services Agency

Kheir questions Ossowski about the powers border officers were given under the Emergencies Act.

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Day 24

November 16

Miller cross-examines Ossowski

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

John Ossowski, retired President of the Canada Border Services Agency

Miller asks Ossowski if he knows of any security agency in Canada that advised the federal government that the threshold to invoke the Emergencies Act had been met.

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Day 24

November 16

Public Order Emergency Commission Update

Hatim Kheir and Rob Kittredge counsel for the Justice Centre Kheir recounts the major developments of Day 24 of the Public Order Emergency Commission.

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Day 23

November 15

Miller cross-examines Zablocki

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Curtis Zablocki, Commanding Officer of Alberta RCMP

Miller asks Zablocki about the operation that led to the arrest of individuals for weapons charges and conspiracy to commit murder at the Coutts border protests last February.

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Day 23

November 15

Miller cross-examines Lucki and Duheme

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki

Mike Duheme, RCMP Deputy Commissioner

Miller focuses on notes made by Duheme in meetings with federal ministers and bureaucrats in the period leading up to the invocation of the Emergencies Act, and he asks about pressure put on law enforcement by the politicians.

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Day 23

November 15

Public Order Emergency Commission Update

Hatim Kheir and Rob Kittredge counsel for the Justice Centre Kheir recounts the major developments of Day 23 of the Public Order Emergency Commission.

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Day 22

November 14

Kheir cross-examines Termorshuizen and Comartin

Hatim Kheir, counsel for the Justice Centre

Cindy Termorshuizen, Associate Deputy Minister with Global Affairs Canada

Joe Comartin, Consul General of Canada in Detroit

Kheir questions Termorshuizen about the financial implications for potential investors of Canada’s seizure of bank accounts without prior judicial authorization.

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Day 22

November 14

Miller cross-examines Termorshuizen and Comartin

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Cindy Termorshuizen, Associate Deputy Minister with Global Affairs Canada

Joe Comartin, Consul General of Canada in Detroit

Miller asks Termorshuizen whether Global Affairs has done any assessment of the economic impacts of the protests at the border.

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Day 22

November 14

Kittredge cross-examines Stewart and Rochon

Rob Kittredge, counsel for the Justice Centre

Rob Stewart, Deputy Minister for Public Safety Canada

Dominic Rochon Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for Public Safety Canada

Kittredge asks Stewart when he knew that the NDP would support the invocation of the Emergencies Act.

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Day 22

November 14

Miller cross-examines Stewart and Rochon

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Rob Stewart, Deputy Minister for Public Safety Canada

Dominic Rochon Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for Public Safety Canada

Miller asks about a CSIS report to cabinet that found no threat to Canada that reached the threshold necessary to invoke the Emergencies Act.

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Day 22

November 14

Public Order Emergency Commission Update

Hatim Kheir and Rob Kittredge counsel for the Justice Centre Kheir recounts the major developments of Day 22 of the Public Order Emergency Commission.

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Day 21

November 10

Public Order Emergency Commission Update

Hatim Kheir and Rob Kittredge counsel for the Justice Centre Kheir recounts the major developments of Day 21 of the Public Order Emergency Commission.

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Day 21

November 10

Miller cross-examines Degrand

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Marlin Degrand, Assistant Deputy Minister with Alberta Justice and Solicitor General

Miller asks Degrand about the two female undercover RCMP officers embedded within the group that is now facing serious charges related to weapons seized near the protest at the Coutts border crossing.

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Day 21

November 10

Miller cross-examines Di Tommaso

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Mario Di Tommaso, Ontario Deputy Solicitor General

Miller asks Di Tommaso whether the City of Ottawa’s stated reason for declaring an emergency was appropriate. Later, Di Tommaso confirms the independence of a police force in Canada from a government’s political branch.

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Day 20

November 9

Public Order Emergency Commission Update

Hatim Kheir and Rob Kittredge, counsel for the Justice Centre Kheir recounts the major developments of Day 20 of the Public Order Emergency Commission.

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Day 20

November 9

Miller cross-examines Willett

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Jim Willett, Mayor of the Village of Coutts, Alberta

Miller asks Willett about the support in Coutts for the protesters at the border last January and February, and about Western Canadian grievances against the federal government.

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Day 20

November 9

Miller cross-examines Freeman

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Ian Freeman, Assistant Deputy Minister & CAO, Corporate Services Division with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation

Miller asks Freeman about the International Bridges and Tunnels Act, which would have allowed the federal Minister of Transportation to pass an order to clear the Ambassador Bridge at any time for security reasons.

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Day 19

November 8

Public Order Emergency Commission Update

Hatim Kheir and Rob Kittredge, counsel for the Justice Centre Kheir recounts the major developments of Day 19 of the Public Order Emergency Commission.

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Day 18

November 7

Miller cross-examines Crowley

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Jason Crowley, Deputy Chief of the Windsor Police Service

Miller questions Crowley about Government of Canada claims that protesters were intending to use children as human shields.

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Day 18

November 7

Miller cross-examines Dilkens

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Drew Dilkens, City of Windsor Mayor

Miller asks Dilkins about a CSIS report opposing the use of the Emergencies Act because of concern that the severity of the measure could radicalize otherwise law-abiding citizens.

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Day 18

November 7

Public Order Emergency Commission

Hatim Kheir, counsel for the Justice Centre Kheir recounts the major developments of Day 18 of the Public Order Emergency Commission.

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Day 17

November 4

Miller examines Lich

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Tamara Lich, an organizer and fundraiser for the Convoy

Miller asks Lich about Benjamin Dichter’s testimony and the deal organizers had with the City of Ottawa to move vehicles.

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Day 17

November 4

Van den Berg examines Deering and Braun

Bath-Shéba van den Berg, Foster LLP, Barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Chris Deering and Maggie Hope Braun

Deering and Braun were both arrested following the invocation of the Emergencies Act. They are asked to recount their experiences.

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Day 17

November 4

Kittredge examines Deering and Braun

Rob Kittredge, counsel for the Justice Centre

Chris Deering and Maggie Hope Braun

Both Deering and Braun were protestors at the Freedom Convoy and were arrested. Kittredge asks them about mainstream media disinformation and if they had witnessed any violence, aggression, or racism, as described in media reports.

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Day 17

November 4

Miller examines Bulford

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Daniel Bulford, security volunteer with the Freedom Convoy

Miller asks Bulford about his doubts about the mainstream media. Miller asks him to describe his understanding regarding the protesters’ right to stay in Ottawa as long as they remained peaceful.

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Day 16

November 3

Public Order Emergency Commission

Hatim Kheir, counsel for the Justice Centre Kheir recounts the major developments of Day 16 of the Public Order Emergency Commission.

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Day 15

November 2

Public Order Emergency Commission

Hatim Kheir, counsel for the Justice Centre Kheir recounts the major developments of Day 15 of the Public Order Emergency Commission.

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Day 14

November 1

Public Order Emergency Commission Update

Hatim Kheir, counsel for the Justice Centre

Rob Kittredge, counsel for the Justice Centre

Kheir recounts the major developments of Day 14 of the Public Order Emergency Commission.

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Day 14 
November 1Miller examines Barber
Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Chris Barber, trucker from Saskatchewan and one of the Freedom Convoy organizers

Miller examines Barber, who describes his time in Ottawa during the protest and his role in getting trucks to move onto Wellington Street as per the deal they had with the city.

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Day 13 

October 31

Public Order Emergency Commission Update

Hatim Kheir, counsel for the Justice Centre

Rob Kittredge, counsel for the Justice Centre

Kheir recounts the major developments of Day 13 of the Public Order Emergency Commission.

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Day 13 

October 31

Kittredge cross-examines Sloly

Rob Kittredge, counsel for the Justice Centre

Peter Sloly, former Chief of the Ottawa Police Service

Kittredge first asks Sloly about towing procurement and then moves on to ask whether Sloly had any credible intelligence of there being any detrimental foreign influence, espionage, or sabotage regarding the convoy.

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Day 13 

October 31

Miller cross-examines Sloly

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, Barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Peter Sloly, former Chief of the Ottawa Police Service

Miller shows Sloly text messages revealing that those working for Public Safety Minister Mendicino and Prime Minister Trudeau were planning to craft a “January 6th insurrection” kind of narrative about the convoy long before it arrived in the capital.

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Day 11

October 27

Miller cross-examines Carrique

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, Barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Thomas Carrique, Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner

Miller goes over various aspects of the law regarding lawful and unlawful assembly and the doctrine of “officially induced error”. Miller then asks Carrique if he is aware that there were no charges of unlawful assembly laid against the members of the Freedom Convoy.

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Day 10

October 26

Miller cross-examines Drummond

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, Barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Robert Drummond, Ottawa Police Service Superintendent

Miller asks Drummond why little effort was made to move the concrete barricades that would have allowed trucks to relocate onto Wellington or to leave the city.

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Day 10

October 26

Van den Berg cross-examines Bernier

Bath-Shéba van den Berg, Foster LLP, Barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Robert Bernier, Ottawa Police Service Superintendent

Van den Berg learns that Bernier was responsible for the planning and execution of the February 18 police action which cleared of the city of protestors.

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Day 9

October 25

Miller cross-examines Beaudin

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, Barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Marcel Beaudin, Ontario Provincial Police Inspector (on temporary assignment as Acting Superintendent in The Indigenous Policing Bureau)

At the very end, Miller asks Beaudin about the proposed deal which would have allowed protest representatives to meet with federal politicians in exchange for their asking protestors to leave Ottawa. Miller explains to the witness that the federal cabinet received and read the proposal and then, at the same meeting, immediately invoked the Emergencies Act.

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Day 9

October 25

Kheir cross-examines Beaudin

Hatim Kheir, Counsel for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

Marcel Beaudin, Ontario Provincial Police Inspector (on temporary assignment as Acting Superintendent in The Indigenous Policing Bureau)

Kheir asks Beaudin about a proposed deal that would have allowed protest representatives to meet with federal politicians in exchange for them asking protestors to leave Ottawa.

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Day 9

October 25

Van den Berg cross-examines Lucas

Bath-Shéba van den Berg, Foster LLP, Barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Russell Lucas, Ottawa Police Service Inspector

Van den Berg asks Lucas about the cold weather and the protestors who were detained on February 18 and then dropped off at remote locations.

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Day 8

October 24

Miller cross-examines Bell

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, Barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Steve Bell, Ottawa Police Service Interim Chief

Miller asks Bell about the discussions with Child Aid Societies regarding enforcement in the downtown core protest. Miller then inquires about the number of charges laid against protestors prior to the Emergencies Act.

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Day 8

October 24

Kittredge cross-examines Bell

Rob Kittredge, Counsel for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

Steve Bell, Ottawa Police Service Interim Chief

Kittredge asks Bell about the other non-emergency powers police could have used to deal with the Freedom Convoy.

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Day 7

October 21

Van den Berg cross-examines Pardy

Bath-Shéba van den Berg, Foster LLP, Barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Carson Pardy, (now retired) Ontario Provincial Police Chief Superintendent

Van den Berg asks Pardy about the planning of various operations to clear protestors from the streets of Ottawa both prior to and after the invocation of the Emergencies Act on Feb. 14, 2022.

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Day 7

October 21

Van den Berg cross-examines Abrams

Bath-Shéba van den Berg, Foster LLP, Barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Craig Abrams, Ontario Provincial Police Superintendent

Van den Berg asks Abrams about his role in Ottawa as liason with the OPS during the protest and about the lack of communication between police forces.

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Day 6

October 20

Miller cross-examines Ferguson

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, Barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Patricia Ferguson, Ottawa Police Service Acting Deputy Chief

Miller asks Ferguson about the number of arrests involving protestors during the period prior to the invocation of the Emergencies Act.

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Day 6

October 20

Kittredge cross-examines Ferguson

Rob Kittredge, Counsel for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

Patricia Ferguson, Ottawa Police Service Acting Deputy Chief

Kittredge questions Ferguson about advantages conferred on the police from the Emergencies Act.

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Day 5

October 19

Miller cross-examines Morris

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, Barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Pat Morris, Superintendent of Provincial Operations, Intelligence Bureau of the Ontario Provincial Police

Miller questions Morris about credible intelligence on the Freedom Convoy from its beginning in Vancouver to the end of the protest.

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Day 5

October 19

Kittredge cross-examines Deans

Rob Kittredge, Counsel for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

Diane Deans, Ottawa City Councilor and former Chair of the Ottawa Police Services Board

Kittredge asks Deans how the conflict between herself and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and other political infighting affected the resolution of the protest.

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Day 5

October 19

Miller cross-examines Deans

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, Barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Diane Deans, Ottawa City Councilor and former Chair of the Ottawa Police Services Board

Miller asks Deans about her role in attempting to obtain further resources for the Ottawa Police to handle the situation in downtown Ottawa and also about her working relationship with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

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Day 4

October 18

Miller cross-examines Ayotte

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, Barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Kim Ayotte, Ottawa General Manager of Emergency and Protective Services

Miller focuses his questioning on parking and  ticketing, and he notes that during the Freedom Convoy there were no assaults on bylaw enforcement officers.

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Day 4

October 18

Kittredge cross-examines Ayotte

Rob Kittredge, Counsel for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

Kim Ayotte, Ottawa General Manager of Emergency and Protective Services

Kittredge asks about bylaw enforcement, or the lack thereof, during the Freedom Convoy protest.

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Day 4

October 18

Miller cross-examines Watson

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, Barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Jim Watson, Ottawa Mayor

Miller asks specific questions about the politicians whom Watson contacted while looking for extra resources to deal with the situation.

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Day 3

October 17

Kittredge cross-examines Arpin

Rob Kittredge, Counsel for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

Serge Arpin, Ottawa City Chief of Staff

Arpin worked directly with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson throughout his tenure as mayor and particularly throughout the Freedom Convoy.

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Day 3

October 17

Miller Cross-examines Arpin

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, Barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Serge Arpin, Ottawa City Chief of Staff

Arpin worked directly with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson throughout his tenure as mayor and particularly throughout the Freedom Convoy.

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Day 3

October 17

Kittredge cross-examines Kanellakos

Rob Kittredge, Counsel for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

Steve Kanellakos, Ottawa City Manager

Kanellakos was involved in the negotiations that led to the deal with protestors to move the trucks out of residential areas.

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Day 3

October 17

Miller cross-examines Kanellakos

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, Barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Steve Kanellakos, Ottawa City Manager

Kanellakos was involved in the negotiations that led to the deal with protestors to move the trucks out of residential areas.

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Day 2

October 14

Kittredge crosses Fleury and McKenney

Rob Kittredge, Counsel for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

Mathieu Fleury and Catherine McKenney, Ottawa City Councilors

Local politicians Fleury and McKenney worked to get the Freedom Convoy out of the nation’s capital during the protest.

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Day 2

October 14

Miller crosses Fleury and McKenney

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, Barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Mathieu Fleury and Catherine McKenney, Ottawa City Councilors

Local politicians Fleury and McKenney worked to get the Freedom Convoy out of the nation’s capital during the protest.

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Day 2

October 14

Kittredge crosses Carrier and McHale

Rob Kittredge, Counsel for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

Nathalie Carrier, ZAC Quartier Vanier BIA Executive Director

Kevin McHale, Sparks Street BIA Executive Director

Carrier and McHale represented some downtown Ottawa business interests to the Commission.

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Day 2

October 14

Miller crosses Carrier and McHale

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, Barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Nathalie Carrier, ZAC Quartier Vanier BIA Executive Director

Kevin McHale, Sparks Street BIA Executive Director

Carrier and McHale represented some downtown Ottawa business interests to the Commission.

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Day 2

October 14

Kittredge crosses De La Ronde and Lion

Rob Kittredge, Counsel for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

Victoria De La Ronde and Zexi Li, Ottawa Residents

De La Ronde and Li testify to the grievances some in downtown Ottawa experienced against the Freedom Convoy.

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Day 2

October 14

Miller crosses De La Ronde and Li

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, Barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers

Victoria De La Ronde and Zexi Li, Ottawa Residents

De La Ronde and Li testify to the grievances some in downtown Ottawa experienced against the Freedom Convoy.

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Day 1

October 13

Rob Kittredge’s introductory remarks

Rob Kittredge, Counsel for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

Antoine d’Ailly, Counsel for Citizens for Freedom

Alan Honner, Litigation Director with The Democracy Fund

These are the joint introductory remarks on October 13, 2022 by three groups sharing standing at the Public Order Emergency Commission in Ottawa. Rob Kittredge, counsel for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, introduces himself and the organization before handing over the podium to Antoine d’Ailly, counsel for Citizens for Freedom. The last to speak is Alan Honner, Litigation Director with The Democracy Fund. They cooperate to share one time slot for cross-examination. As Commissioner the Hon. Paul Rouleau reminds the room, the rules allow for only one presentation per time slot going forward.

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Day 1

October 13

Brendan Miller’s introductory remarks

Brendan Miller, Foster LLP, Barrister for Freedom Convoy Organizers Brendan Miller delivers his introductory remarks to the Public Order Emergency Commission on Day 1, October 13, 2022. He describes the conditions on which the Emergencies Act can be justifiably invoked and says that none of these were met.

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