Mayor of Ottawa asks the federal government to appoint a mediator to mediate with protesters in the truck convoy


The mayor of Ottawa is calling on the federal government to appoint a mediator to end the city’s convoy protests against federal COVID-19 obligations and restrictions.

Mayor Jim Watson said CTV news He proposed to the Federal Minister to appoint a mediator who could be “an honest mediator between the two sides trying to find something in common.”

“In our community and country, we are very tall people who can actually open the door and bring peace and calm to the situation,” Watson said. “This is one of the options the federal government should pursue, as it is now completely isolated.”

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Mayor of Ottawa Jim Watson speaks in a presentation in Ottawa’s public transport garage on March 4, 2021. (Canada Press / Adrian Wild)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claims he will never meet protesters.

The convoy organizers want to talk to the government, but no government representatives at any level have 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.

The trucking fleet encamped in Ottawa began as a protest against the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all truck drivers across the Canadian-US border. It quickly expanded into a national movement, attracting supporters across Canada who wanted the end of COVID-19 obligations and restrictions. It has also triggered similar protests around the world.

The convoy invaded Ottawa on January 29, and organizers have stated that they will remain in the national capital until the government lifts COVID-19 obligations.

On February 6, Mayor of Ottawa declared a state of emergency, stating that the move reflected the “serious dangers and threats to the safety and security of the inhabitants” posed by the ongoing demonstrations.

“It also provides greater flexibility within the city administration to enable the city of Ottawa to manage the business continuity of essential services for its residents, helping to purchase the equipment needed by frontline workers and first responders. It enables a more flexible procurement process, “says Watson. In the statement..

Watson convened a special meeting with the city council today to discuss the impact of truck convoy demonstrations on local residents and businesses.

Andrew Chen

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Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.