Inquiry probing Liberal government's decision to use the Emergencies Act wraps up

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The inquiry probing the Liberal government's decision to use the Emergencies Act in response to last winter's convoy protests has wrapped up its public fact-finding hearings.

The Public Order Emergency Commission heard from more than 75 witnesses, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday.

Commissioner Paul Rouleau says he is satisfied that he can now make factual findings and answer the key questions the commission was mandated to explore.

They include -- Why did the federal government declare the emergency? How did it use its powers? And were those actions appropriate?

Lawyers for parties to the commission, including governments, police forces, protesters and civil society organizations, presented brief summaries of their closing arguments yesterday.

The commission is to submit a report to Parliament by next February, less than a year after the events the inquiry has been tasked with evaluating.