Justin Trudeau, the far-left Canadian Prime Minister, told reporters that he didn’t believe that deploying Canadian troops against an Ottawa-based peaceful anti-coronavirus mandate demonstration was possible.
Trudeau’s refusal to turn the nation’s army on a civil exercise that has not resulted in any significant violent or property destruction followed comments by Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly, in which he suggested there might not be a “policing solution”. This was in response to Sloly’s remarks suggesting that a military solution could be an option. Sloly previously stated that there was no evidence of violence at the gathering of thousands of people in Ottawa. He also said Monday that the police did not have any evidence of major disturbances.
Trudeau made these remarks at a “virtual press conference” from an undisclosed location, where he had been hiding since declaring that he was positive for the Chinese coronavirus.
“One must be extremely, very careful before deploying military personnel in Canadian engagements. According to the Globe and Mail, Trudeau stated that it is not something anyone should take lightly. “But at the moment, there are no requests. That is not in our plans right now.”
Trudeau has condemned the protestors in the past and accused them, without any evidence, of being racists or misogynists because they opposed lockdowns.
Trudeau stated that “the concerns expressed by a handful of people gathered in Ottawa right now are not new, and not surprising are heard,” during remarks from an undisclosed location. “But they are a continuation of what we’ve unfortunately witnessed in disinformation, misinformation, online conspirators, regarding microchips, and about God knows what other things that go with tinfoil caps.”
Trudeau’s refusal to use the military to dislodge protesters seems to be an attempt by Sloly to reduce concerns raised during Wednesday’s briefing. Sloly, Ottawa’s police chief is responsible for maintaining order and safety on the streets.
Sloly stated, “This is a national problem, not an Ottawa one.” Sloly stated that he is increasingly worried about the lack of a policing solution. Sloly estimated that to stop people from leaving the city, it would require approximately 50,000 officers. Ottawa only has 1,500.
Sloly acknowledged that a military response for peaceful protests may “mitigate some risks, but escalate the situation.”
Sloly stated that all options were on the table for ending the protests on Monday before making those remarks.
Sloly stated that it could have caused serious and severe injuries and even death. Sloly assured reporters that none of this has happened in the past four days.
Jim Watson, Ottawa’s mayor, stated that his government would do everything to end this peacefully at the same press conference.
Because they were led by truckers in convoys, the protests have been called the Freedom Convoy. They have been vocal against the mandate that vaccines be allowed to travel across Canadian provinces due to the nature of their lives. The convoy, which included thousands of vehicles from across the country, drove to the capital last weekend and used their car horns in protest to honk at government buildings.
Sloly had said that “negotiation” was one option, but Trudeau disregarded this statement on Thursday and insisted that he would not lift federal civil rights restrictions related to the pandemic. Trudeau implied that opponents to the mandates wanted to overthrow democratically elected governments, but he did not cite any comments from protesters or organizers supporting this claim.
Trudeau stated that having people who disagree with an election’s outcome and who want to change the direction and create a new government is not a good idea in a responsible democracy. According to the Globe and Mail.
As protests grow in popularity, authorities are ready for an expected influx. According to reports, hotels are already full in the city. Police intelligence has also indicated that they plan for a larger number of people to join the protesters.
The increasing success rate of the protests has made them more popular.
Quebec declared Monday it will no longer implement the planned tax on those who have not received the allotted doses from a Chinese coronavirus vaccine. This would have been a major legal challenge.
Officials from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba have openedly discussed lifting civil rights restrictions before February 31st. This is a policy change they hadn’t expressed an openness to prior to the protests.