RCMP Response to Access to Information Act File: A-2019-04738 dated December 31, 2019
EXCERPT: “1. 5. The Emergency Management Act(RSA 2000) has significant emergency powers in sections 19(1) (b) to (k) that can be accessed through section 21(1) (Declaration of state of Local emergency) which may be used to prevent, respond to or alleviate the effects of an emergency/ disaster within a local authority’s jurisdiction. 1. 5. 1. These powers cannot be utilized unless a declaration of a state of local emergency is formally made and, as such, it is important the RCMP be involved in the development of a declaration of a state of local emergency and any subsequent operational / evacuation plans. 1.5.2. The powers include: • Authorize the entry into any building or land by any person in the course of implementing an emergency plan or program: authorize the entry into any building or on any land, without warrant, by any person in the course of implementing an emergency plan or program;” [Emphasis added]
QUESTION #1: How does a provincial law take precedence over each person’s rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms?
QUESTION #2: How does this policy prevent another door-kicking spree that cost taxpayers $2.45 million in damage claims against the RCMP?