Canadian Government in Talks to Use Military to Quell Trucker Protest

Canadian Police said military might be used to clear the vaccine mandate protesters at the nation’s capital.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Canadian officials are reportedly considering the idea of using the military to attempt to clear out the streets of Ottawa as the vaccine mandate protest continues.
  • Local law enforcement report being “overstretched,” according to The Independent, and protesters occupy the streets for six days in a row near Parliament Hill as part of the “Freedom Convoy.”
  • Reports indicate that instead of dissipating, the protest is growing and more protesters are expected to join the demonstration over the weekend.
  • Despite the mass of people, including a convoy estimated to be 45 miles in length, the primary complaints against the group have been reports of non-specific “hate crimes” and truck’s engines running and horns sounding.
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that he does not currently have any plans to send the military to assist police at the nation’s capital, according to The Washington Post.
STATEMENTS FROM OFFICIALS:
  • “We’re looking at every single option, including military aid to civil power,” he said. “None of the options create a beautiful, elegant, simple, safe solution. They all come with massive risks. That option in particular, would come with massive risks,” Chief Sloly told the National Post.
  • “The more this demonstration continues, the more the risk to public safety increases,” said Sloly. “Every option is on the table to resolve this demonstration. That said, there may not be a policing solution to this demonstration.”
  • “Out of an abundance of caution as the events in downtown Ottawa continue to progress and based on direction from Ottawa Police Services and the City of Ottawa, Cadillac Fairview Rideau Centre will remain closed to the public for the remainder of the week,” the Cadillac Fairview said in a statement.
BACKGROUND:
  • The “Freedom Convoy” concept began to pick up steam near the end of 2021 as vaccine mandates closed in on Canadians.
  • Support for the convoy garnered $8 million in donations before GoFundMe paused taking contributions, according to The BBC.