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Transcript of MPP Rick Nicholls statement in the House on February 24th:
“Mr. Speaker, we’re all aware of what happened in Ottawa over the past three weeks, blocking all lines and bridges, inhibiting the flow of goods between Canada, the US in preventing people from getting to work was problematic.
But why were the truckers there in the first place? Fighting for reinstatement of vaccine exemptions?
Initially, yes. But it became much more than that: defending individual rights and freedoms.
To eliminate this peaceful protest, all that was needed was for the Prime Minister and the Premier to meet with the organizers. Sadly, that didn’t happen.
Civilian journalism came to light, Paul Harvey would say “And now, the rest of the story.”
Were the people of Ottawa disadvantaged? Perhaps, but crime was down and people weren’t getting sick and being admitted to hospital.
The many cannot be held responsible for the actions of the very few.
Many question whether those causing trouble were in fact associated with convoy. Truckers took care of things: they had rules of conduct, cleaned up garbage, stood guard around monuments, supported local businesses. They were respectful, and fed the hungry truckers and non-truckers for my writing provided updates. Ottawa citizens would come up to the truckers offer food and hugs.
Negative reports were from the very few.
In summary, I was offended by the characterization of truckers by Trudeau and others. The use of such inflammatory language was unjustified in my opinion. Protests in Ottawa happen all the time. Calling this peaceful protest a “siege,” “illegal,” or calling truckers and supporters “terrorists and occupiers” is so wrong.
Now, the Emergency Act has been revoked. Why now did the Prime Minister change his mind?
Paul Harvey would say, “It’s pure politics.”