2022-11-25 09:00:00

'Bad humour' and short fuses: How politicians' texts played out at the Emergencies Act inquiry

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By Joseph Tunney

The public inquiry investigating the federal government's unprecedented use of the Emergencies Act in February has seen a huge number of documents that otherwise would never see the light of day including politicians' private texts exposing some embarrassing, and enlightening, conversations.

Politics is a profession prone to carefully crafted statements and rhetoric,so the text messages offered rareinsights into the thought process of many key politicians and a glimpse at tensions between governments.

Here are some of the stand-out text exchangesfrom the past few weeks.

'Screwed the pooch'

According to text messages that Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc said Jason Kenney wrote, the then-premier of Albertaaccused the federal government of not caring about the Canada-United States border closure in Coutts, Alta.

Around dawn on Feb. 14, the RCMP arrested more than a dozen Coutts protesters and seized a cache of weapons, body armour and ammunition just hours before the Emergencies Act was invoked.

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