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Cabinet hears about potential 'breakthrough' with 'Freedom Convoy' protesters before emergency law kicks in: document

On the eve of the federal government imposing emergency legislation in response to the 'Freedom Convoy' protests, the Prime Minister's National Security Advisor told an Ottawa court that a 'breakthrough could be made'. A document saying that there is a possibility is displayed.

However, the office of Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said days before the law was set in motion that there was a "potential breakthrough," referring to negotiations with illegal blockades, largely led by the City of Ottawa. There is," he said.

"The government closely monitored the status of the negotiations, which were disavowed and ultimately unsuccessful by many involved in the so-called Freedom Convoy," a minister's spokesman said on Thursday. said in a statement to CTV News. As a factor in the decision to invoke the Emergency Act. More broadly, because the government was required to invoke the Emergency Act.

Heavily redacted documents filed in federal court detail conversations between cabinet ministers and government officials in the days leading up to February 1.

This document contains the minutes of his ministerial meeting, which began on February 10th, when the federal government was planning a scenario of "how bad things could really go." .

At that point, negotiators for the Ontario Police told the government that the Ottawa protest leaders would "instead, the Ottawa protest leaders would walk away and We could be encouraged to denounce the lockdown," he said. A promise to register their messages with the government.

Documents show that the most pressing issue for the federal government at the time was not protests before Congress, but the ambassadors that connect Canada's busiest trade route -- Windsor, Ontario. It was the reopening of the bridge. Detroit, also affected by the lockdown.

Cabinet documents on February 13 refer to a "potential breakthrough", but the rest of the conversation has been redacted. 

A nationwide investigation into the government's use of the law to end truck driver protests and blockades dubbed the "Freedom Convoy" began in April. rice field. Long-time judge Paul S. Rouleau said