Canada’s Minister of Transport says the state should revoke the truck driver’s license involved in the blockade of protests

Ottawa — Canada’s Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra urges the state to use its authority to suspend commercial licenses or insurance for trucks used to block protest convoys in various parts of Canada. ..

“The state has extensive regulatory power over commercial trucks and road transport to help end this illegal occupation and the turmoil of commercial trucks and block streets and highways,” Agabra said. He said at a press conference on February 7.

Argabra’s comment was one of several pointed out comments by federal ministers during a press conference focusing on protests in Ottawa and other parts of Canada against COVID-19 obligations and restrictions.

Bill Blair, Minister of Emergency Preparedness, said the federal government is proposing to convene a “trilateral table” between the city and state governments to deal with protesters.

His comments were made after Mayor of Ottawa Jim Watson declared a state of emergency in his city on February 6.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not attend the press conference.

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Protesters will demonstrate in Ottawa on February 6, 2022, against the obligations and restrictions of COVID-19. (Jonathan Ren / The Epoch Times)

Trudeau was quarantined after a positive COVID-19 test on January 31st. Eight days have passed since development, which is longer than the required quarantine period of five days, but he has not come to Congress and is in fact asked by the above-mentioned person about the development of Ottawa.

At a press conference on January 31, Trudeau blamed the protests in strong terms, linking them to racism and hatred, and said he would not meet the protesters.

Protest organizers say their protests are peaceful and willing to meet with government representatives, but no one has ever contacted them.

“The first thing they have to do is call us … we’re sitting here and waiting on the phone,” protest organizer Benjamin Dichter said in Ottawa on February 6th. He said at a press conference.

Protests initiated by truck drivers against COVID-19 vaccination obligations for cross-border travel have since evolved into a major movement against all COVID-19 obligations and restrictions. Many protesters say they will stay in Ottawa until their mission is lifted.

At a press conference on February 7, ministers used strong words against protesters, linking protests and violence. Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino said Ottawa’s inhabitants were “de facto hostaged in their city, blocked by angry, noisy, intolerant and violent crowds.”

Liberal Party lawmaker Yasir Naqvi, who represents the Ottawa Center, quoted an attempted arson incident at an Ottawa building and linked it to a protest, but there was no evidence that the protesters were involved. The case has many peculiarities, such as the police responding only after someone posts on social media.

Since the start of the protest, Epoch Times journalists on the ground have shown no visible signs of violence or hatred, with people offering free meals, listening to speeches, dancing to music, and more. I often see protesters smiling at passers-by.

The protest organizers said at a press conference on February 6 that they noticed that many of Ottawa’s inhabitants were constantly honking, but Ottawa is also a capital country and many people’s lives are pandemics. Loss of those who choose not to be vaccinated, who have stated that they are devastated by restrictions, including their obligations and work.

“They aren’t the only ones who are honking the effects of all these missions,” said Daniel Bull, a former RCMP officer who left the army for a vaccine mission, at a press conference. Ford said.

Limin Zhou


Limin Zhou is an Ottawa-based reporter.

Omid Ghoreishi


Omid Ghoreishi is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.