Ontario declares state of emergency over trucker protest — Analysis
Doug Ford’s order comes as anti-mandate protesters cut off US-Canada traffic along a key bridge
Doug Ford, Ontario Premier, has declared a State of Emergency for Canada. Police have the authority to imprison or fine those who protest against vaccination mandates in Ottawa and in other areas of the province.
Ford declared that his order would become law. “make crystal clear it is illegal and punishable to block and impede the movement of goods, people and services along critical infrastructure.” He warned of fines rising to $100,000 and up to a year imprisonment for those who don’t comply.
The “critical infrastructure”This is the Ambassador Bridge that links Detroit (US state of Michigan) with Windsor (Ontario). Truckers have been blocking the bridge since Monday. This has caused automakers in Ontario to reduce their production.
On Friday, hundreds of trucks were still parked in Ottawa’s center. The truckers arrived there two weeks back to protest the mandate for vaccines that requires them to have their jabs to allow them to enter Canada from the USA. Many truckers have demanded the immediate removal of any restrictions related to coronavirus and others are demanding that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau resign.
Ford called the protest “a demonstration”. “siege,” echoing Trudeau’s description of it as an “illegal occupation.”Both have declined to speak with truckers about their concerns. Ford threatened protestors with violence on Friday. “severe consequences,”It includes taking away commercial licences from participating drivers.
The US-Canada border crossings were also shut down by truckers in Coutts (Alberta) and Emerson (Manitoba). Shortly after the blockade started, Alberta declared a reduction in its Covid restrictions. Saskatchewan lifted its coronavirus rules. Trudeau is not showing any signs of he will relax on his nationwide mandate. The truckers refuse to cease their protests until Trudeau does.
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