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June 28, 2022

Commission Releases Decision on Applications for Standing

June 28, 2022 (Ottawa) ­– The Honourable Paul S. Rouleau, Commissioner of the Public Order Emergency Commission, has released his decision on the applications for Standing the Commission received.

“I am committed to ensuring that this Inquiry will be fair and open,” Commissioner Rouleau wrote in his decision. “In order to do so, I must obtain and consider a broad range of information that pertains to the issues identified in the terms of reference.”

Commissioner Rouleau has awarded 20 entities standing. Among those are the Government of Canada, the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and the cities of Ottawa and Windsor. The Commissioner also granted standing to five groups and individuals associated with policing and law enforcement; a group of convoy organizers and participants; and a coalition of Ottawa business and community associations.

In addition, three industry and trade organizations and six entities representing non-governmental organizations and civil society were awarded standing.

Commissioner Rouleau noted that members of the public, groups, businesses and organizations can participate in the work of the Commission even if they do not have standing. “Individuals with firsthand experience of relevant matters may be interviewed by Commission Counsel, called as witnesses during public hearings, or asked to produce documents. Further, any member of the public or entity that wishes to make their views known to the Commission will soon be provided with the ability to do so through the Commission’s website.”

The Commissioner will release a separate decision regarding funding recommendations.

A list of all the applicants and those granted standing are included as Schedule A and B of the Commissioner’s decision.

The Public Order Emergency Commission was established by the Governor in Council on April 25, 2022, to conduct an independent public inquiry as required by the Emergencies Act following the declaration of a public order emergency by the Government of Canada on February 14, 2022. The Inquiry must submit its final report to the Government, with findings and recommendations, by February 6, 2023.

POEC Decision on Standing 


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