Most Canadians still support the federal government’s use of the Emergency Act to stop the so-called “Freedom Convoy” protests in early 2022, according to new data from Nanos Research.
The survey found that 44 percent of people “support” using the law, in addition to 20 percent of people who “somewhat support” the measure.
Six percent of people “somewhat oppose” the use of the legislation, compared to 27 percent who said they “oppose” it.
The figures are similar to those collected almost two years ago, at the end of 2022, which showed that 48 percent of respondents “support” the use of the Emergency Law in response to the protests, compared to 18 percent that “supports something”, seven. percent who “a little opposed” and 24 percent who “oppose.”
The Emergencies Act was invoked on February 14, 2022, following nearly three weeks of protests opposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates that saw truckers descend on downtown Ottawa and paralyze the streets.
Protesters also blocked some key border crossings between Canada and the United States.
According to Nanos Research, Canadians aged 55 and older were more likely to support or somewhat support the Emergencies Act (71 per cent) compared to 55 per cent of respondents aged 18 to 34.
When the federal government invoked the Act (for the first time in its history) in 2022, it argued that national security risks from protests justified its use.
However, the Federal Court ruled last month that the use of the Act “did not have the characteristics of reasonableness: justification, transparency and intelligibility” and was “not justified”.
The federal government says it plans to appeal that ruling.
The Nanos Research survey also found that two-thirds of respondents “disagree or somewhat disagree that Freedom Convoy protesters should be financially compensated by the government for actions such as freezing bank accounts.”
The question was asked based on the Federal Court ruling that the use of the Act was not justified and that some of the powers it gave to the federal government violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Fifty-seven percent of respondents said they do not believe protesters should receive financial compensation, in addition to nine percent of people who said they “somewhat disagree.”
According to the survey, 22 percent of people believe protesters should receive financial compensation, in addition to eight percent who “somewhat agree.”
The public inquiry led by Commissioner Paul Rouleau last year, which heard from more than 70 witnesses over six weeks, in addition to the submission of more than 7,000 documents, found that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met the threshold for invoking the law.
Methodology: Nanos conducted a hybrid dual-frame RDD (landline and cellular) random online and telephone survey of 1,114 Canadians, aged 18 years and older, between January 29 and 31, 2024 as part of an overall survey . Participants were randomly recruited by telephone using live agents and administered an online survey. The sample included landlines and cell phones across Canada. The results were statistically verified and weighted by age and gender using the most recent census information and the sample is geographically stratified to be representative of Canada.
People called randomly using random digit dialing with a maximum of five callbacks.
The margin of error for this survey is ±2.9 percentage points, 19 out of 20 times.
This study was commissioned by CTV News and the research was conducted by Nanos Research.
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