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Five Tweets on Tucker Carlson’s Alberta visit

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This week, Tucker Carlson, the controversial American Twitter/X host, headlined two packed speaking events in Alberta. One took place at Calgary’s Telus Convention Centre, where he had a “fireside chat” with Alberta Premier Danielle Smith. The other was held at Edmonton’s Roger’s Place.

Prior to arriving in Canada, the fired former FOX News TV host teased the events by calling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s media phone line, saying that he was coming to “liberate Canada.” 

Not everyone in Canada was happy Carlson was coming to town. Two weeks prior, an Edmonton petition was launched, imploring Rogers Place to cancel the event. It garnered 18,000 signatures. The petition claimed hosting Carlson, who has been criticized for what have been called racist, homophobic, and sexist comments, put some peoples’ safety in jeopardy.

Here are five tweets demonstrating the division of opinion when it came to his visit.

Those in attendance celebrated Carlson’s admission that he actually had Canadian ancestors, with some relatives still living in Nova Scotia:

Others drew attention to the size of the crowds, a reported 4,000 in Calgary and 8,000 in Edmonton:

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith expressed joy attending the evening event in Edmonton, having privately dined with the media figure during his visit. She thanked Carlson, former newspaper baron Conrad Black, and professor Jordan Peterson (who were also in attendance):

Others, including the president of the Alberta Federation of Labour Gil McGowan, told the premier the event couldn’t be called a “free debate”, given that he saw “three dudes on stage who agree with each other (parroting the same extreme right MAGA lines ad nauseam).”

During his appearances, Tucker called for more freedom of speech, more oil production, and weapons for self-defence. He criticized what he called the destruction of the crowd’s culture, Canada’s “unrestrained immigration”, MAiD, and mainstream media, including the CBC. He said he was sad Montreal was being “cleansed of its Anglo legacy.” He called Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland a “demagogue” with fascist tendencies.

During her discussion with Carlson, Premier Smith ridiculed Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault, saying “I wish you would put Steven Guilbeault in your crosshairs.”

Liberal MP Adam van Koeverden was appalled by Smith’s remarks, tweeting she was “encouraging violence against politicians that she disagrees with.”

Various Liberal ministers denounced the visit. One said Premier Smith was responsible for “summoning the dogs of MAGA Trump.” Guilbeault called on Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre to condemn the crosshairs remark.

Later, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned Tucker Carlson at the Liberals’ caucus meeting:

He also called out the Conservatives for what he said was their lack of support for Ukraine.

“Pierre Poilievre and his Conservatives chose to vote against support for Ukraine, calling it a ‘faraway, foreign land’, to appease Putin apologists like Tucker Carlson and those who enable him,” Trudeau said.  

Five Tweets on the Federal Court declaring the use of the Emergencies Act unconstitutional

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Today, in a monumental decision, the Federal Court found that the Trudeau government’s 2022 use of the Emergencies Act against the self-declared “Freedom Convoy” violated Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Justice Richard G. Mosley said the decision was outside the scope of the law. 

“The decision to issue the Proclamation was unreasonable and led to infringement of Charter rights not justified under Section 1,” he wrote.

He did however state that the convoy “went beyond legitimate protest” and was “an unacceptable breakdown of public order”.

The full decision can be found here.

Here are five tweets in response to the Federal Court’s ruling.

The case was initially brought forward by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF), among others.

CCLA lawyer Ewa Krajewska was very pleased with the decision:

Federal Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre was quick to call out Prime Minister Trudeau for his decision to invoke the Act, and used the opportunity to sign up new party members:

The Federal Court ruling came almost a year after the Public Order Emergency Commission or “Rouleau Inquiry”, which found the federal government acted appropriately when using the Emergencies Act. During that commission, Justice Rouleau stated it was reasonable to believe that the COVID-19 protests, both in Ottawa and at the border, posed a threat to Canadian security.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh did not give a clear response to today’s ruling. He said due to the failure of the Trudeau government and provincial and municipal governments, the Emergencies Act was necessary, with his party “reluctantly” supporting its invocation.

Author and activist Maude Barlow was not so pleased, having been one of many Ottawans who endured three weeks of the convoy occupation and its accompanying honking. She approved of the Emergencies Act being invoked:

Live from the Liberal caucus retreat, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said she disagreed with the ruling and stood by the federal government’s use of the Act.

“The public safety of Canadians was under threat, our national security, which includes our national economic security was under threat. It was a hard decision to take,” she stressed.

“We were convinced at the time—I was convinced at the time—it was the right thing to do. It was the necessary thing to do. I remain and we remain convinced of that,” she added.

She announced that the federal government would be appealing the Federal Court ruling:

In response, CCF litigation director Christine Van Geyn, who was involved in the case, challenged Minister Freeland publicly:

Her CCF colleague, The Hub’s own lawyer Joanna Baron added it was a proud day to be a Canadian. 

You can catch Baron writing about the decision in The Hub tomorrow.

Today’s news will surely breathe life into the debate over civil liberties in Canada.