Interim leaders of the Conservative Party of Canada say the situation unfolding in the country’s capital as police crack down on protesters was triggered by the Prime Minister and “his desire to divide Canadians.” ..
“I am anxious and sad about what I see in Ottawa today. This situation was created by his desire to split the Prime Minister and the Canadians,” Bergen said. .. Tweet On February 18, “It’s time for MPs to return to the House of Representatives tomorrow to stop this government overkill and regain unity, integrity, and hope for our country.”
Police escalated operations against protesters in Ottawa on February 18, arresting more than 100 people and towing more than 20 vehicles. Mounted police and police advanced the demonstrators on foot, and in some cases horses knocked down protesters.
The expanded operation will take place after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau enacted an emergency law on February 14, the first time since it was passed in 1988.
Conservative Senator Leo Housakos reiterated Bergen, saying Trudeau was responsible for the situation in Ottawa.
“What’s happening in Ottawa today is honestly at the feet of one person. Justin Trudeau. He was political when it was time for all indicators to mitigate such measures. He pushed forward with a cynical mission for convenience. Said On Twitter on February 18th. “Only Justin Trudeau and Justin Trudeau own this.”
Protests in Ottawa were initiated by truck drivers in opposition to the federal government’s request that all truck drivers crossing the US-Canada border need to be vaccinated with COVID-19. The protests expanded with the participation of many people from all over the country who opposed the obligations and restrictions of COVID-19 vaccination.
During the 2021 election campaign, the Liberal Party mandated COVID-19 vaccination in its election pledge. After defeating the minority government in the September 20 elections, the Liberal Party mandated COVID-19 vaccination for air and train trips and federal government employees.
Opinion polls released after the election found that Canadians are becoming more and more divided.
According to a survey released by Maru on September 25, 77% of Canadians feel that the country is more divided after the election than before the federal election.
Another poll by Leger of the Canadian Research Association, conducted September 10-12, found that more than three in four respondents had negative views on unvaccinated people. rice field.
Liberal Party member Joel Wrightbound said on February 8 that he had defeated the party and that the Liberal Party had politicized the pandemic during the 2021 election.
“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 agencies,” Lightbound said. Said at a press conference.
Liberal lawmaker Yves Robilard also broke the ranks at his party the next day, telling the Hill Times on February 9 that Lightbound “told exactly what many of us are thinking.”
Bergen reiterated concerns about Lightbound at the House of Commons on February 8, stating that Lightbound “cannot agree anymore” and “clearly and strongly stated that it was time to end division and politicization and end the mission.” “.
In response, Trudeau admitted that people were fed up with pandemic-related restrictions, but said his government would “continue to follow science” on appropriate health measures.
“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 have been vaccinated. “Trudeau said.
The urgent law must be discussed and voted in parliament within seven days of its enforcement. House Speaker Anthony Rota said the House’s proceedings would be suspended on February 17 due to increased police efforts by Congress to eliminate protesters.