Freitag, 25. Februar 2022

Reakionen nach dem russischen Einmarsch in die Ukraine

Nachfolgend eine email welche ich von Anthony Housefather bekommen habe. Er ist federaler Abgeordneter und schreibt einmal pro Woche einen 'newsletter'. Kanada hat eine grosse Ukranischstämmige Gemeinde und hier ist alles im Aufruhr. Colleen, meine direkte Nachbarin hat ukrainische Wurzeln. 

Sein zweiter Punkt ist das sogenannte "Notfallgesetz" welches letztes Wochenende eingesetzt wurde um die Besetzung Ottawas zu beenden.


Dear Friends,

This week has been about two things in particular I wanted to discuss, the Emergencies Act and Ukraine. Given the attack by Russia on the Ukraine last night, I will start with that issue.

It is with dismay and disgust that I watched Russia invade the Ukraine last night.  The attempts by the Russian ambassador to the UN to claim that the attack was provoked by Ukraine is equivalent to Nazi Germany’s claim that Poland started the war in September 1939. Vladimir Putin has proven himself to be a despot and in the words of our UN Ambassador Bob Rae he is a war criminal.  His claim that he was trying to de-Nazify Ukraine, a country with a Jewish President is equally absurd.  My heart is with Ukraine and the Ukrainian Canadian community.

Canada has already imposed economic sanctions on Russian banks and the break away regions of Ukraine and on Russian politicians and has provided military equipment to Ukraine. We will send an additional 460 troops to Latvia as part of Operation Reassurance to reinforce Canada’s commitment to NATO.  We are sending the HMCS Halifax to Europe and a CP140 aircraft used for anti-submarine maritime patrols.  This was before what occurred last night.  The Prime Minister’s statement published late last night was as follows:

 “Canada condemns in the strongest possible terms Russia’s egregious attack on Ukraine. These unprovoked actions are a clear further violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. They are also in violation of Russia’s obligations under international law and the Charter of the United Nations.


Canada calls on Russia to immediately cease all hostile and provocative actions against Ukraine and withdraw all military and proxy forces from the country. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected, and the Ukrainian people must be free to determine their own future.


Russia’s actions will be met with severe consequences. Tomorrow morning, I will be meeting with G7 partners, and we will continue working closely and quickly with NATO and our allies to collectively respond to these reckless and dangerous acts, including by imposing significant sanctions in addition to those already announced.


In the face of these attacks on Ukraine, Canada will take additional action to stop Russia’s unwarranted aggression. We continue to stand with Ukraine, its people, and the Ukrainian Canadian community here in Canada. Russia’s brazen acts will not go unpunished.”


Emergencies Act

I want to start by quoting a tweet from columnist Andrew Coyne. He wrote:

“Jan 28-Feb 14-Ottawa paralyzed. Police do nothing.

Feb 14- Federal Emergencies Act declaration

Feb 18-20: Police Move in. Blockades cleared.

Feb 23: Emergency Declaration lifted.

In sum. Emergency Declaration restores order, is lifted soon after.


This was an excellent synopsis of what has occurred.  

With the Emergencies Act in effect, police forces in Ottawa and throughout the country were able to restore peace and order. Blockades have come down at border crossings and in Ottawa.  Residents have been able to get on with their lives, businesses have been able to reopen, and trade has resumed.

The Emergencies Act is not the War Measures Act. It is subject to the Charter of Rights and judicial review. It also makes the actions of the Government subject to Parliamentary scrutiny and accountability. An inquiry now will happen related to all the circumstances leading to the Act based on the terms of the law itself.

As we promised this would be time limited. It could have remained in effect for 30 days, but the Government lifted the declaration as soon as its intelligence from law enforcement and others allowed it to do so.

The Emergencies Act ensured that law enforcement partners could restore peace and civility. The Emergencies Act gave precision, clarity, and new authorities to law enforcement -- including stopping people from coming into the city to participate in the illegal blockade. The Act also allowed for RCMP to enforce municipal laws, allowing them to take quick action in ensuring seamless and expedited cross-jurisdiction cooperation quickly and simply. It also helped law enforcement and governments mobilize essential services quickly – like tow trucks, barriers, and other necessary equipment.

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