WATCH: Chrystia Freeland Full Testimony at the Emergencies Act Inquiry

The Deputy Prime Minister took the stand on Day 30 of the commission, answering to Canadians on her part in the choice to freeze bank accounts of those who donated to the Freedom Convoy.

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During the commission's final days, many big names from the federal government have given testimony, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the last day of the inquiry. 

On November 24, 2022, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, one of the most anticipated witnesses, took the stand. In her dual roles in the Trudeau government, Freeland had unique insights into how the protests apparently affected the Canada-U.S. relationship and investor's confidence and, most crucially, oversaw the freezing of Canadians' bank accounts.

You can watch her full answer to the people of Canada above.

The public inquiry investigating Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's decision to invoke the Emergencies Act began on Oct. 13. As part of the government's obligations following the invocation of the Act, a commission must be convened within 60 days and its subsequent report must be tabled in Parliament within 360 days after the Act is revoked.

This inquiry, deemed the Public Order Emergency Commission, was announced by Trudeau on April 25 after the Emergencies Act was revoked on February 23. The mandate delivered from the prime minister tasks the commission with handling the examination and assessment of the basis for the Trudeau government's decision to use the Emergencies Act, the circumstances leading up to the invocation and whether this was an appropriate and effective measure chosen by the government to address the Freedom Convoy.

A review of the legislative policy and regulatory framework will also be part of the commission's duties, which could feature potential amendments to the Emergencies Act. The full order in council relating to the Public Order Emergency Commission can be read here.

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