Statement from Ontario’s Big City Mayors urging all orders of government to work together to end the convoy protests
As a member of the Ontario Big City Mayors, I join my fellow mayors in condemning the damaging actions by the convoy protestors and call on all orders of government to work together to end the convoy protests and defend peace, order and good government.
Thank you to Premier Doug Ford for taking action by declaring a State of Emergency and putting in measures to protect the flow of goods and people to keep our economy running. Hopefully this will put an end to these illegal blockades and occupations.
Thank you to all the first responders, those working in our healthcare system, and those who continue to move vital goods throughout our province and country.
Please read the motion unanimously approved by Ontario’s Big City Mayors in its entirety below:
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 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 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.