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Canadian Lawmakers Grow Increasingly Uneasy About Economic Impact of Truckers Protesting Vaccine Mandate

The protests have since spread to other locations on or near the Canadian border
The last truck blocking the southbound lane moves after a breakthrough resolved the impasse where anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate demonstrators blocked the highway at the busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alberta, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. (Jeff McIntosh /The Canadian Press via AP)
The last truck blocking the southbound lane moves after a breakthrough resolved the impasse where anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate demonstrators blocked the highway at the busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alberta, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. (Jeff McIntosh /The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadian lawmakers are growing increasingly concerned with the economic impact of the truckers protesting the government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. 

The protests, labeled as the “Freedom Convoy,” first began in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Jan. 23. Hundreds of big rig trucks traveled to Ottawa where they were joined by thousands of Canadians on Saturday in protest against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s coronavirus policies.

But the protests have since spread to other locations on or near the Canadian border, including the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, where a protest caused long backups and at one point stopped traffic in both directions. 

The bridge, which carries 25% of all trade between Canada and the United States, remains blocked on the road to Canada. 

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