Feb 22, 2022 - World

Canada's Parliament extends Trudeau's emergency powers over protests

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on February 21.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, on Monday. Photo: Dave Chan/AFP via Getty Images

Lawmakers in Canada voted on Monday night to extend the emergency powers that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked last week in response to protests against the country's COVID-19 health measures.

The big picture: Ottawa police over the weekend effectively ended a weekslong blockade by protesters, some of whom harassed local residents. The parliamentary vote passed 185-151 hours after Trudeau told reporters there were "real concerns" about further threats in the coming days, per Reuters.

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