Doug Ford said his “cabinet will enact orders to make it illegal to block borders and highways and impose $100,000 fines and prison terms for those who defy them.”
Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a state of emergency for the Ontario province after the Freedom Convoy blocked the Ambassador Bridge.
The premier of Ontario acts as the head of government for the province like a governor of a state.
Leslie pointed out in her post that the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Detroit to Windsor, Canada, is the busiest international land border crossing in North America.
From The Globe and Mail:
Ontario Premier Doug Ford is declaring a state of emergency in Ontario to deal with the border blockade and Ottawa protests and says his cabinet will enact orders to make it illegal to block borders and highways and impose $100,000 fines and prison terms for those who defy them.
Mr. Ford also said that the government will consider taking away personal and commercial licences from anyone who refuses to leave the protests. He urged protesters to depart, including those who have brought children to the blockades.
“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,” Mr. Ford said. “Your right to make a political statement does not outweigh the right of hundreds of thousands of workers to earn their living. … Your right to make a political statement does not outweigh the rights of one million people in Ottawa to live peacefully, free of harassment and chaos in their own homes.”
He outlined the actions on Friday, saying he supported the right to protest but that the blockade of the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ont., was harming an economic “lifeline” for the province. He also called the protests in Ottawa a “siege” and an “illegal occupation.”
Read what else Ford said because he reiterated everything the Freedom Convoy is protesting against:
Ford earlier said “this virus forced us to make unthinkable sacrifices. And I know that this has been extremely difficult watching businesses close, livelihoods lost, freedoms restricted.
“None of this has been easy. People are frustrated, they are scared, they are angry and I know these frustrations have reached a boiling point for many Canadians,” he continued. “The result is what we are now seeing in various cities across our province and our country.”
The Freedom Convoy’s main motive revolved around the COVID vaccine mandate. It’s extended to the government grabbing everything as Ford said.
Why not follow the premiers of Alberta, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Prince Edward provinces by ending or rolling back mandates and vaccine policies?
Oh, wait. That’d be giving in to these awful people. Cannot have that now, can we!
But Ford and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might now have a choice. Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Kieran Moore said he will give the province’s “government recommendations on speeding up” the timeline to end capacity limits due to the decline in hospitalizations.
Dr. Moore also took under review Ontario’s other mandates like the “vaccine-certificate system for restaurants and other high-risk businesses, and its mask rules.”DONATE
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