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Canada: Justin Trudeau invokes emergency powers to end protests

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has invoked emergency powers to try to quell the protests by truck drivers and others who have paralysed Ottawa and blocked border crossings in anger over the country’s Covid restrictions.

Canadian Prime Minister ruled out using the military and said on Monday that the emergency measures “will be time-limited, geographically targeted, as well as reasonable and proportionate to the threats they are meant to address”.

For the past two weeks, hundreds of protesters have clogged the streets of Ottawa, the capital, railing against vaccine mandates and other virus precautions.

Members of the self-styled Freedom Convoy have also blockaded various US-Canadian border crossings with their trucks and other vehicles, though the busiest and most important—the Ambassador Bridge connecting Windsor, Ontario, to Detroit—was reopened over the weekend.

Trudeau met virtually with the leaders of Canada’s provinces and planned to address the nation late in the afternoon.

Trudeau said “all options are on the table” to end the protests, including invoking the Emergencies Act, which gives the government broad powers to restore order.



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