‘It has to stop’: Trudeau accuses protesters of blockading democracy during Commons debate
Federal transport minister calls on Ford government to cancel protesters’ commercial truck licences.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused the Ottawa convoy protesters of trying to derail Canada’s democracy during an emergency debate about demonstrations against COVID-19 public health restrictions and vaccine mandates.
The protesters in Ottawa are “trying to blockade our economy, our democracy and our fellow citizens’ daily lives. It has to stop,” Trudeau said Monday night in the House of Commons.
“The people of Ottawa don’t deserve to be harassed in their own neighbourhoods.”
The prime minister delivered his remarks in person in the Commons — his first public appearance since testing positive for COVID-19 on January 31.
He reiterated the federal government’s commitment to helping bring an end to the Ottawa protest, now in its second week. Trudeau did not announce any new measures related to the protest.
“The federal government will be there with whatever resources the province and city need in this situation,” Trudeau said.