As the government attempted to remove the Ambassador Bridge, the Freedom Convoy staged a strategic retreat from Ottawa. The thinking appears to be that it does no good to have those protesters arrested and their trucks impounded when they can reinforce what’s happening in Canada’s capital.
That’s got Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, who is definitely not Fidel Castro’s son, lashing out again. This latest threat includes invoking Emergency Act, which gives the government additional power to crush dissidents. The question of whether this could lead to martial law being declared is unanswered.
UPDATE: CBC News reports that Justin Trudeau told the provinces he would invoke the Emergencies Act, which gives the government more powers to handle protests in the country. Trudeau stated that there was no plan to deploy military personnel. https://t.co/yFw9Hj1DhD
— CBC News (@CBCNews) February 14, 2022
There may be “no plans” as of now to deploy the military, but I’m not sure how they accomplish anything without doing so. Civilian law enforcement has already failed repeatedly to dislodge the Freedom Convoy from Ottawa via a myriad of tactics, and with more trucks and protesters still arriving, that task hasn’t gotten any easier. It will be up to the military to implement martial law if it is. It is not yet clear if Trudeau would be open to the idea.
Tamara Leach of Freedom Convoy’s leaders has responded that they won’t be backing down. Instead, they will “hold the line” per David Marcus, who is reporting from on the ground in Ottawa (and freezing his butt off).
Trucker Convoy leader Tamara Leach says if Trudeau imposes the Emergency Act truckers will “hold the line.”
— David Marcus (@BlueBoxDave) February 14, 2022
It creates tension between the government, truckers who make Ottawa their centre of their protest and causes a clash. If the Freedom Convoy participants don’t bow to Trudeau’s demands, and I have no reason to think they will, things could spiral quickly. We’ve already seen police and those against the convoy get violent with protesters. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that on a larger scale.
This would all be over in an instant if the tyrannical Canadian government (man, that feels weird to say, but it’s true) would put aside its pride and admit they were wrong about vaccine mandates. COVID-19 can be spread by vaccinations. Therefore, the vaccines are only a personal decision. They should be vaccinated if they want to. If someone doesn’t want to be vaccinated (or has natural immunity from prior infection), they aren’t hurting anyone else. Truckers also work alone.
Many of the Freedom Convoy truckers are already immunized. This whole ordeal for them is all about principled standing and placing a flag on the ground. Canada’s government has lost control and is using data to manipulate people. That’s worth opposing no matter the situation.