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Doug Ford supports Trudeau over Truckers; who is lobbying for Ontario in Washington? Nicholls asks

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To listen to the audio interview with MPP Rick Nicholls, click the arrow in the left of the grey bar.

Doug Ford’s US Trade Table, announced in December, has not held any meetings in Washington to request that the Americans lift the vaccine mandate which is causing blockades and backups at Ontario border crossings including Windsor and Sarnia.

“I don’t believe Doug Ford has sent anyone to Washington as of right now,” Rick Nicholls, MPP for Chatham-Kent-Leamington told RWN on February 8th. “Members of the committee have been announced, including representatives of both auto unions and auto manufacturers; but I am afraid they are not taking very seriously. This is escalating to far more than just whether Truckers are vaccinated.”

While Alberta, Saskatchewan and more than a dozen nations have announced they are ending vaccine mandates, Ontario has made no similar announcements and has actually extended deadlines for vaccine passports and mask mandates.

On February 7th, the US-based Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association sent a letter to both US President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calling upon them to lift the vaccine mandates for Truckers.

The Chatham area is home to dozens of trucking companies.

Nicholls’ riding of Chatham-Kent-Leamington is home to numerous trucking companies, automotive parts manufacturers and agricultural enterprises; it is a major thoroughfare for Truckers driving to the Ambassador Bridge between Windsor and Detroit, the nations’ busiest border crossing.

“It’s time for Trudeau to come out of his ground hog hole and get serious,” Nicholls says. “And Ford is doing nothing.”