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Director of Canadian civil liberties group says Trudeau overstepped with emergency act

The Hill: 'The director of the criminal justice program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) on Monday said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau overstepped his authority by invoking the emergencies act to clear out "Freedom Convoy" protesters in Ottawa.

'Abby Deshman said the CCLA filed a lawsuit to hold Trudeau accountable for exercising the emergency act's power, arguing the legislation should only be used for true national emergencies.

'"They really refer to violent threats to overthrow the government," Deshman told Hill.TV on Monday. "We're really concerned about the use of this type of national security legislation on what we essentially see as a domestic [and] very, very difficult protest situation."'

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