On February 10, 2022, protesters and supporters set up a major blockade at the base of the Ambassador Bridge, preventing commercial traffic from crossing the bridge into Canada from Detroit. (AFP). The so-called Freedom Highway has become a cause of global and political discomfort for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government as the two-week anniversary of the transporters' protest towards vaccination necessities and COVID-19 restraints in Canada approaches.
Several major crossroads in Alberta, Manitoba, and, most crucially, Ontario, which handles about a quarter of all trucks, are among the protests against COVID's restrictions, which began with the siege of Canada's capital Ottawa. It has developed into a blockade in Ontario.
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On February 10, 2022. Thursday, Trudeau's ministry sought out authorities in Washington to attempt to overcome the crisis prohibiting movement on a crucial bridge that connects Windsor, in the Canadian province of Ontario, to Detroit, the largest city in the US state of Michigan.
According to a statement released by the president’s office on Thursday night, ministers and government officers have been "in constant contact with ministers and authorities from the United States of America to coordinate efforts to address this problem and find a resolution."
According to press reports, Washington has requested that Ottawa utilise "federal officials" to engage with the COVID-19 blockage. Several strike-related discussions, including one with opposition party leaders' members, have taken place. It is impeding business by closing a vital border checkpoint.
The Republicans, the largest opposition party, urged opposition activists to "destroy the barricades, terminate the harmful action, and gather together at the same place." At the same time, acting Conservative Party leader Candice Bergen issued a decision inside the House of Representatives "to post an approach for the substitute of all authorities' regulations and restrictions, and to post that plan earlier than and through February 28, 2022."
On Monday, the resolution will be reviewed and even voted on. Simultaneously, the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario granted the provincial government's request to lock funds transactions and raise the cap on the GiveSendGo crowdfunding campaign, prohibiting violent protesters from receiving contributions as a fund.
The portal wrote in a tweet about the order, "Know this! GiveSendGo." "Canada has no say in how GiveSendGo manages its assets." Another crowdfunding platform, GoFundMe, has previously barred and even refused donations for the Freedom Convoy 2022, and was receiving refunds from contributors.
Opposition leaders continue to criticize Trudeau for the government's failure to resolve the COVID-19 regulatory requirements problem caused by the occupation of Ottawa, which has now spread not only across Canada but has provoked copycat rallies in other cities across the world.
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