Ambassador Bridge blockade escalates economic threat from ‘freedom fleet’: Deputy Prime Minister

OTTAWA — Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said economic threats to Canada escalated “exponentially” when Freedom Convoy protesters blocked a major trade hub between the U.S. and Canada in early February. said he did.

Freeland, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, is testifying today at a hearing investigating the Liberal government’s use of the emergency law.

Freeland said Canada was already facing some serious economic threats when thousands of protesters flocked to Ottawa in late January to protest COVID-19 restrictions and the Trudeau government. I’m here.

These included supply chain issues, US plans to exclude Canada from electric vehicle incentives and the risk of a Russian war in Ukraine.

But the threat reached a new level when protesters blocked cross-border traffic at the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario, she said.

Freeland also says he was in direct contact with officials in President Joe Biden’s office who were very concerned about the lockdown.

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