Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is blasting Conservative lawmakers for supporting a convoy of truck drivers protesting COVID restrictions and vaccine mandates. Trudeau spoke from Parliament as truckers organized a third blockade of a port of entry into the U.S.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: “People in Windsor are suffering and losing their jobs because they can’t get auto parts across the Ambassador Bridge. People in Alberta are seeing shelves empty because they can’t get deliveries across the Coutts border crossing. And this Conservative Party, that supports these blockades, won’t even stand up and say, 'Enough is enough. It's time to go home.’”
The border protests have forced automakers, including GM, Ford and Chrysler, to scale back production at plants in Michigan and Ontario. Organizers of the Canadian truckers’ protest have been linked to far-right and neo-Nazi movements. The convoy has inspired similar protests around the world.
Here in the U.S., a Department of Homeland Security memo predicts a convoy of anti-vaccine truckers will block roads in major cities in the coming weeks and could disrupt the Super Bowl on Sunday and President Biden’s State of the Union address on March 1.