Charest wants to criminalize the blocking of critical infrastructures

The competitor to the conservative leadership Jean Charest promises that he would make illegal the blockages of critical infrastructures such as pipelines, mines or even the railways if he were prime minister.

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This proposal would be articulated in a Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, which would restore police the right to remove illegal blockades without resorting to a court injunction.

Several recent demonstrations in the history of Canada are consistent with the description made of the misdeeds described by Mr. Charest, in particular the blocking of the Ambassador Bridge during the anti-sanitary measures demonstrations in February, or the demonstrations in support of the wet nation. ‘suwet’en who have seen railways occupied by militants in 2020.

Individuals who block such infrastructure or interfere with its construction would face criminal offences.

In the same vein, Mr. Charest suggests “removing charitable status from any group that has accepted foreign funds and engaged in actions related to the new offenses”.

All of the candidates for the Conservative leadership, including Jean Charest, have shown their support for the oil sector and for infrastructure projects that can help Canada develop this sector.

Some candidates go further and propose to kill the carbon tax as adopted by the Liberal government, including Pierre Poilièvre, who remains the favorite in the race.

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