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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will hold an emergency summit Monday with the heads of government of all the country’s provinces amid a wave of protests by truckers and civil society against authoritarian confinement measures.
Trudeau plans to discuss with provincial premiers the crisis caused by protests against vaccination restrictions and mandates on possible “measures” to end the demonstrations. Later, he will meet with all MPs of the ruling Liberal Party.
On Sunday night, Trudeau held another meeting of the Incident Response Group (IRG), an emergency cabinet composed of a select number of ministers and senior officials that is only convened when crisis situations affecting national security arise.
According to a statement posted on Twitter, the Prime Minister said the group discussed actions the government can take to help end blockades and occupations.
The IRG meeting came after Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair warned on Sunday that the government is considering invoking the country’s emergency laws, which could mean the use of the armed forces.
Meanwhile, the situation on the Ambassador International Bridge, which connects the cities of Windsor (Canada) and Detroit (United States), returned to normal on Monday after the Canadian Police cleared on Sunday the blockade that kept the crossing closed for a week.
Trucks and private vehicles began to circulate on the bridge, the main border crossing between Canada and the United States, as of midnight.
The bridge, which handles some $400 million worth of goods daily, had been blocked by truckers opposed to the anti-pandemic measures.
Windsor police said they arrested two dozen people and removed several vehicles in the operation.
But two other border crossings, Coutts in the west of the country and Emerson in the center, remained closed to traffic today as truckers and farmers called on the government to remove restrictions and mandates, so they could return to work.