Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday declared the blockade of truckers in the capital Ottawa came to an end but the state of the emergency is not over as he called for “healing” after police evacuated downtown Ottawa after three weeks.
“More than ever, now is the time to work together. This is also time to think on genre of future we want for our country,” Trudeau told a news conference. He defended son decision invoke emergency powers last Monday, citing what he called the menace against the economy.
“This state of urgency is not over. There continues to be real concerns for the days to come,” he said, without giving details.
Police spent two days clearing protesters from the city center, making 191 arrests and towing 79 vehicles at the end of the operation on Sunday.
The demonstrators first wanted the end of cross-border COVID-19 vaccination mandates for truck driversbut the blockade turned into a protest against Trudeau and the Liberal minority government.
“There is a lesson for all of us in what happened this month. We don’t know when this pandemic is going to end, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start healing as a nation,” Trudeau said.
Legislators in the House of The commons are due to vote around 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time (1:00 a.m. GMT Tuesday) on if necessary back by Trudeau decision to invoke the Emergencies Act. the left-leaning New Democrats say they will back the Liberals, ensuring that the measure will be approved.
The truckers protest, which grew until it shut down a handful of Canada-United States border crossings and shut down key rooms of the capital city for weeks, could echo for years in Canadian politics and maybe south of the border.
“I think we started something here,” said Mark Suitor, a 33-year-an elderly protester from Hamilton, Ontario, speaking out as police regain control of the streets around Parliament. Protesters had basically occupied these streets for more more than three weeks, embarrassing Trudeau and energizing the Canadian far right. Suitor believes the protests will divide the country, which he welcomes.
“It’s going to be very big division in our country,” he said. “I don’t believe this is the end.”
While most analysts doubt the protests will mark a historic turning point in canadian politicshe rocked both of Canada’s two main parties.
“The protest gave liberals and conservatives a black eye,” said Nelson Wiseman, a politician science professor at University of Toronto. Trudeau’s liberal look bad for allowing protesters to foment weeks of chaos in the capital city he says, while the conservatives watch bad for defend the demonstrators, many of them from the furthest fringes of the right.
Conservatives ‘must be careful not to alienate more moderate voters, who are generally not sympathetic to protesters or right-wing populism more in general,” said Daniel Béland, a politician science professor at McGill University in Montreal.
The so-called Freedom Convoy shook Canada reputation for civility, inspired convoys in France, New Zealand and the Netherlands and interrupted trade causing economic damage on on both sides of the border. Hundreds of trucks ended up occupying the streets around Parliament, a display it was part protest and part carnival.
Authorities moved quickly to reopen border crossings, but police in Ottawa has done little but issue warnings until past a few days, even hundreds and sometimes thousands of protesters crowded the streets of the city and besieged Parliament Hill.
Truckers ignored warnings they risked arrest and could see their rigs seized and bank accounts frozen under the new emergency powers invoked by Trudeau. Truckers, parked on the streets in and around the Parliament, their horns sounded in challenge of a court order against honking, issued after residents said the constant noise made the neighborhood unlivable.
” He is grand time for these illegal and dangerous activities to cease,” Trudeau said. in Parliament a few days ago, speaking just a few hundred meters from the demonstrations.