Ontario Premier Declares State of Emergency over Canadian Trucker Protests

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has declared a state of emergency in his province over the Canadian trucker convoy protests.

On Friday, Ford announced he was taking extreme measures to crack down on the anti-government vaccine mandate protesters.

“Today, I’m using my authority as Premier of Ontario to declare a state of emergency in our province, and I will convene Cabinet to use legal authorities to urgently enact orders that will make crystal clear it is illegal and punishable to block and impede the movement of goods, people and services along critical infrastructure,” Ford said in a statement.

Shortly before Ford’s announcement, protesters had opened a lane for Canada-bound traffic at Ambassador Bridge, CBC reported.

Ford began by defending the actions of the government during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Faced with an unprecedented threat to our health and safety; faced with the very real prospect of patients being turned away from overwhelmed hospitals; faced with consequences of inaction, this virus has consistently forced us to make decisions that no one wanted to make,” he said.

“Looking at where we are right now and how far we’ve come pushing Omicron back, there’s no doubt these were the right decisions.

“There’s no doubt they protected our hospitals from collapse and saved lives.”

In an attempt to assuage the public, he asserted, “Today, we’re on track to very soon almost remove almost all restrictions for businesses as part of our reopening plan.”

“People are frustrated, they’re scared, they’re angry,” he said.

Ford tried to laud Canada’s “right to free speech” before demanding “limits” and threatening “consequences.”

“But, with all rights, these are not without reasonable limits,” he continued.

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“Our economy in Ontario is built on trade, especially with our partners in the United States.

“The Ambassador Bridge in Windsor alone sees more than $700 million of two-way trade every single day.”

After stating that jobs were at risk, he said, “We are now two weeks into the siege of Ottawa.

“I call it a siege because that’s what it is; it’s an illegal occupation; this is no longer a protest.

“With a protest you peacefully make your point and you go back home.”

While referencing the truckers and protesters who had left, he told the remaining truckers and protesters, “Please go home. …. It’s time to leave.”

“To the very small groups who have chosen to take a different path, to those who’ve chosen to take a city of one million people hostage for the past two weeks, to those who have attempted to disrupt our way of life by targeting our lifeline for food, fuel, and goods across our borders, to those trying to force a political agenda through disruption, intimidation, and chaos, my message to you is this: your right to make a political statement does not outweigh the right of hundreds of thousands of workers to make their living.

“It does not outweigh our right to get food across our borders.”

“So let me be as clear as I can,” he threatened.

“There will be consequences for these actions and they will be severe.

“We’ve already started by going after the money funding the illegal occupation.”


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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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