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Ottawa: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday promised quick action in enforcing the law in response to the anti-Covid vaccine mandate protest by truckers.
In an official statement, the White House said, “The Prime Minister (Justin Trudeau) promised quick action in enforcing the law, and the President thanked him for the steps he and other Canadian authorities are taking to restore the open passage of bridges to the United States.”
According to the WH, US President Joe Biden discussed with Justin Trudeau, the ongoing blockade of key bridges and crossings between the United States and Canada, including Detroit/Windsor, Sweetwater/Coutts, and Pembina/Emerson.
“The two leaders agreed that the actions of the individuals who are obstructing travel and commerce between our two countries are having significant direct impacts on citizens’ lives and livelihoods. The President expressed his concern that US companies and workers are experiencing serious effects, including slowdowns in production, shortened work hours, and plant closures,” the White House statement read.
Trudeau thanked Biden and his administration, the Governor of Michigan, and US officials for all of the assistance that the United States is providing to resolve this disruption, according to the statement.
It added that the two leaders agreed to stay in close touch in the days ahead to ensure that the free flow of traffic is restored at these vital transit points.
Authorities are under increasing pressure to crack down on the demonstrations that have paralysed Ottawa, triggering a state of emergency in Ontario province and copycat demonstrations as far away as France and New Zealand.
The Canadian capital has been clogged with hundreds of big rigs for two weeks. The self-styled “Freedom Convoy” began in the country’s west in anger at requirements that truckers either be vaccinated, or test and isolate, when crossing the US-Canada border.
But the movement has morphed into a broader protest against pandemic health rules and Trudeau’s government.