Amid the ongoing protests in Canada by the truckers and general public over the issue of the mandate COVID-19 vaccination policy, a state of emergency has been imposed in its capital city of Ottawa by its Mayor on Sunday (February 6, 2022).
Mayor Jim Watson highlighted this decision as to the ‘need of the hour’, adding the need for assistance and support from the other jurisdictions as well as different government levels. The decision comes as, once again, thousands of Canadians dine on the streets to strike against the mandate vaccination policy of the Canadian administration.
Meanwhile, a former United States Ambassador to Canada underscored that US-based groups must stop interfering in the household affairs of Canada.
Speaking and expressing concern on the issue, Bruce Heyman, a former US ambassador under President Barack Obama, tweeted and asserted, “Canada-US relations used to be mainly about solving technical problems. Today Canada is, unfortunately, experiencing radical US politicians involving themselves in Canadian domestic issues. Trump & his followers are a threat not just to the United States but to all the democracies.”
Following the statement, he added, “Under no circumstances should any group in the USA fund disruptive activities in Canada. Period. Full stop.”
Canadian government officials noted that the anti-government took a turn and went ‘out of control’, seeing which the decision to impose a state of emergency has been taken by the authorities.
Hundreds of trucks remain to settle the downtown area near the Canadian parliament. A statement released by Ottawa Police Service informs that a total of 7 protesters were detained during the protest for investigation in relation to the protest.
The protest emerged after a mandate vaccination policy came into effect from the month of January, under the Canadian and United States laws, which required the truckers crossing the border to be fully vaccinated.