What began as a rally against a new rule that all truckers must be vaccinated to cross the US-Canada border, or quarantine upon return, has grown into a broader challenge to all Covid health restrictions.
"This is about keeping Canadians safe, protecting people's jobs," Mr Trudeau told a news conference on Monday.
He said the police would be given "more tools" to imprison or fine protesters and protect critical infrastructure.
Mr Trudeau told reporters the legislation would be applied temporarily and in a highly specific manner.
Critics have noted that the prime minister voiced support for farmers in India who blocked major highways to New Delhi for a year in 2021, saying at the time: "Canada will always be there to defend the right of peaceful protest."
Mr Trudeau's invoking of the Emergencies Act comes as demonstrations across Canada enter their third week.
The article seems to be referring to blockades associated with 2020–2021 Indian farmers' protest though the details of Trudeau statement are missing.
It looks like the Emergencies Act allows for the forceful removal of the blockade of the US-Canada Ambassador Bridge and other traffic-challenging blockades in Canada.
Question: Did Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau previously support the use of road blockades as a form of peaceful protest in India that are similar to the actions he has now invoked the Emergencies Act to end at home in Canada?