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Ottawa should trigger Emergencies Act amid COVID-19 crisis, says retired general and former Liberal Andrew Leslie

By Peter Mazereeuw      

The Emergencies Act was carefully crafted and revised in the 1980s so that governments wouldn't have to 'reinvent the wheel' when crisis struck, said the former Liberal whip and army commander.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, should use the Emergencies Act to better coordinate Canada's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, says former army general and Liberal MP Andrew Leslie. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

The federal government should use the Emergencies Act to start coordinating a cross-country response to the COVID-19 crisis, says Andrew Leslie, the former commander of Canada’s Army and MP who served as the Liberal government’s chief whip for part of the last Parliament. 

Peter Mazereeuw

Peter Mazereeuw is a deputy editor for The Hill Times covering politics, legislation, and the Senate.
- peter@hilltimes.com


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