Ottawa truck driver protests against COVID-19 obligations and restrictions have expanded, with blockages at the two major borders of Canada and the United States, and a rally of thousands in the state capital.
Meanwhile, as protests continue and opposition discusses the Liberal Party’s pandemic policy, two Liberal Party members oppose the government’s position this week, with a rhetoric showing its split COVID-19 policy and those protesting it. Quoted.
Polls also show that more Canadians want to lift the COVID-19 restriction.
Protesters began to gather on February 6 at the Ambassador Bridge, the crossroads between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan. As of February 9, the border remained closed.
On the other side of the country, protesting truck drivers have implemented a blockade at the border crossing in Katz, Arta since January 29. After the first blockade last week, a single lane was opened in each direction, but protesters will close these lanes again on February 8. On February 9, RCMP announced that it would force the removal of the blockade.
Alberta is ending the COVID-19 vaccine program, but Katz protesters are demanding that other restrictions, including federal obligations, be lifted.
Federal and state governments say blockages can have a significant impact on the supply chain and the influx of goods into the country.
“The Ambassador Bridge is an essential artery for our country and an important artery in our supply chain. It is the center of our economic function and the service of all Canadians. Closure is further. It must be completed before the damage occurs, “said Bill Blair, Minister of Emergency Response. Said Windsor border blockade at a press conference on February 9th.
The White House also helped Windsor close its border, saying on February 9 that “the bridge poses a risk to the supply chain of the automobile industry because the bridge is the main conduit for automobile parts and parts.”
Bernieberg, who participates in the blockade at Ambassador Bridge, says protesters want state and federal governments to end all obligations, unemployment and causing mental health problems. He says.
Berg, a minister in Leamington, Ontario, told The Epoch Times on February 9.
Truck driver Freedom Convoy began as a demonstration against the federal government’s requirement to require cross-border truck drivers to be vaccinated with COVID-19, but since then people across the country have various COVID-19 obligations. And as I participated against the restrictions, it surged.
A fleet of protesters first gathered in Ottawa on Saturday, January 29, with a crowd of tens of thousands protesting and many vowed to stay in the capital until the federal government lifted its mission. Thousands of people protested on the weekend of February 5-6 in various cities, including state capitals such as Toronto, Quebec City, Victoria and Winnipeg.
Other convoys have also begun “slow rolls” through major arteries, from Halifax on the east coast to Okanagan on the west coast.
A truck driver protesting as opposition conservatives urge the Governing Liberal Party to stop “politicizing” pandemic policies, and the NDP says the government must do something to end something. The issue of is a topic of discussion almost every day at the House of Commons. The “crisis” that truck drivers and their supporters continue to camp in Ottawa.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has linked protesters with a hateful and racist movement and refused to send representatives to meet them and hear their concerns.
Quebec Liberal Party lawmaker Joel Wrightbound, citing the rhetoric against Trudeau’s protesters and “the politicization of a pandemic,” disagreed with his party and expressed legitimate concerns at a press conference on February 8. He said he should not blame those who do.
The next day, fellow Quebec Liberal lawmaker Yves Lobilard publicly said that many of the Liberal Caucus, under the leadership of his colleagues, think of it as a lightbound.
According to a Leger survey conducted between February 4th and February 6th, more than 40% of Canadians are “deprecating” the responsibility for ongoing truck driver protests in Ottawa. I believe that the Prime Minister and the State Prime Minister share it because of “attitude.” We oppose the obligations and restrictions of COVID-19.
Another study by Angus Reid, published January 31, showed that the majority of Canadians (54%) wanted to lift all COVID-19 restrictions.
Liberal Party lawmakers who disagree
Lightbound said at a press conference on February 8 that legitimate concerns about restrictive policies should not be dismissed and the government should not “demonize those who have expressed them.”
A parliamentarian on behalf of Louis Eberle in Quebec City said he needed to stop such an approach. He said the vaccination issue is being used by Trudeau as a wedge to divide people and earn political points.
“It’s regrettable that both my government’s tone and policy have changed dramatically on the eve of the last campaign and in the meantime,” he said.
“From a positive and unified approach, the decision was made to wedge, divide, and stigmatize. This pandemic politicization could undermine public confidence in our public health institutions.”
In addition to his plea to ease rhetoric, Lightbound says the government needs to provide a roadmap with measurable goals such as hospitalization levels to lift all restrictions within that range. He stated and made other recommendations to move forward.
He said Canadians are having difficulty complying with regulations because the government “is no longer willing to explain the regulations,” even though policies such as mandatory vaccines for truck drivers are science-based. He added that it was not financially sound.
In an interview with the Hill Times on February 9, Robilard said Lightbound “told exactly what many of us think,” and agreed with everything Lightbound said.
Robilard said he spoke with Lightbound on February 9 and expressed his support. He said the two would work together on this issue.
He said he wasn’t worried about being expelled from the caucuses, and there were other lawmakers who “have enough” and “we’re not going to go through our rest of the mission that way.” Said.
Chief Government Whip Stephen McKinnon said on February 8 that Lightbound would resign as chairman of the Quebec Liberal Party Caucus, but remain a member of the Liberal Party.
“He expressed opposition to government policy. Later, Mr. Wrightbound resigned as chairman of the Quebec Liberal Party Caucus. He has shown clear confidence in the government and continues to be a member of the Liberal Caucus. “McKinnon said in a statement.
Following Lightbound’s remarks, Interim Conservative Candice Bergen said her party “couldn’t agree anymore,” and Lightbound said, “It’s time to end division and politicization and end the mission. Clearly and strongly stated that he had come. “
“We see things changing very quickly and correctly when it comes to blockades and mandates,” said Vaccine Duty, citing a recent comment from Canada’s Director of Public Health, Dr. Theresa Tam. He added that the conversion should be reassessed.
Trudeau said his government “continues to follow science” on appropriate health measures, acknowledging that people are fed up with pandemic-related restrictions.
“Everyone is fed up with the blockade, the steps we have to take, the sacrifices we have to make, but the Canadians have been there for each other for the past two years and vaccinated. I received it, “he said during the question period on February 8.
Trudeau expelled former Justice Minister Jody Wilson Raybold and former Finance Commission President Jane Philpott from the Liberal Party’s Caucus after opposition to the 2019 SNC-La Balance Scandal.
On February 8th social media, Wilson Raybold and Philpot welcomed Lightbound’s opposition.
“The sparkle of democratic independence from Ottawa parliamentarians (Canada needs this wave),” Wilson-Raybold tweeted.
“Thoughts from a speech I wrote for the caucuses but couldn’t convey, April 2, 2019: If the MPs respectfully express different opinions, it’s sound for democracy.” Tweeted Philpott.
Noé Charter and Lisa Lin contributed to this report.