A statement from Ontario’s Big City Mayors urging all orders of government to work together to end the convoy protests
HAMILTON, ON –Ontario’s Big City Mayors unanimously passed a motion yesterday evening condemning the damaging actions of convoy protests across the province. The motion reads as follows:
“Ontario’s Big City Mayors stand in solidarity with the Mayors of impacted cities and condemn the irresponsible and damaging actions of the convoy protestors. OBCM supports the right to a peaceful protest but what is happening in Ottawa and at the Ambassador Bridge is unacceptable. Public disorder and lawlessness must end. Workers are being laid off, critical industries such as the auto sector are being disrupted, residents are being forced to leave their homes, and illegal and dangerous actions are continuing. Experts are now suggesting that the economic impacts on goods and services could last for months, and we believe Ontario businesses have suffered enough.
OBCM is grateful for the hard work of our first responders, many without a day off since the protests have started, or who have travelled from other parts of the province to where they are needed most. The Mayors resolve their support for co-ordinated action by all orders of government to end the occupations and defend peace, order, and good government.”
These illegal blockades and occupations are inflicting harm and disrupting immediate and surrounding communities. People are unable to access essential services or leave their house for work. While everyone has the right to peacefully protest it is clear this is not peaceful. This behaviour is reckless and dangerous. Now is the time to end public disorder and lawlessness. I support the action by all orders of government to end the occupation and defend peace, order and good government.Mayor Fred Eisenberger