On Tuesday, Freedom Convoy truckers occupying Canada’s capital remained defiant in the face of Justin Trudeau’s new draconian measures aimed at crushing their protest.
The Prime Minister’s announcement of the Emergency Act only strengthened the position of the Day 19 protesters, even as they faced the possibility of their bank accounts being seized for participating.
Other measures potentially covered by the law include expanding police powers and forcing towing companies to evacuate 400 drilling rigs littering the streets near Ottawa’s Houses of Parliament.
But truckers stood firm when city police chief Peter Sloli resigned after being criticized for his handling of the occupation.
Harold Jonker, who led the first convoy of truckers to the Canadian capital, defiantly told DailyMail.com: “It doesn’t bother me.
“Trudeau is trying to scare us more than anything. Because, after all, he doesn’t have the means to shut us down.
“We are a peaceful protest and we are also here legally. And if he really tries to take over our accounts, it will backfire on him because the public will support us.
“No matter what he tries to do, the Canadian public immediately changes how they support us and they will support us.
“Whatever he throws at us, we can handle it. We are getting an exclamation of hope, joy and excitement from the public for what we are doing here.
As of Tuesday, downtown Ottawa is still occupied by Freedom Convoy truckers who refuse to back down.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the National Emergency Act on Monday afternoon.
Truckers stood firm on Day 19 when Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly resigned after being criticized for his handling of the occupation.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the National Emergency Act on Monday afternoon, but the protesters are not stopping.
Measures potentially covered by the law include expanding the powers of the police and the need to tow 400 drilling rigs cluttering the streets near the parliament buildings.
A statue of a bald eagle adorns an illegally parked car as truckers and their supporters continue to protest the introduction of a coronavirus vaccine.
Vehicles continue to clog downtown streets as truckers and supporters continue to protest in Ottawa, Canada.
The protesters tell DailyMail.com that they reject the threat that towing companies will be forced to take the cars.
Jonker, who owns ten trucks in the blockade and parked his personal vehicle at the epicenter of the protest, said the Freedom Convoy 2022 “command center” was constantly developing strategies to deal with new developments.
Harold Jonker, who led the first convoy of truckers to the Canadian capital, defiantly told DailyMail.com that he was “not bothered” by Trudeau’s actions.
Speaking amid a cacophony of noise from roaring truck engines and deafening music, he added: “Obviously there are people in our command center who understand how it all works,” he said. “And they are working day and night reacting to what Trudeau is doing.
“But also the Canadian public reacts to what he does, and that has always backfired on him.
“And the army will not come. It has already been said publicly.”
Jonker is one of the “Captains” of the Freedom Convoy who helps organize truckers from the same region, and now they are all parked together. He led the 350-mile Niagara convoy, starting his journey from his home in St. Anse, Ontario, on January 27.
He also dismissed the threat that towing companies would be forced to seize the cars.
“They won’t come here because if they come here, they will actually be towing my trucks against my will – and they know it,” he said.
“They want to keep my business for the future.”
He continued, “I was here the first day. I entered from the highway leading the Niagara convoy. And I told my wife when we were leaving the congress, I think that we can create world history here.
“Little did I know what we really did.
“Trudeau has already done the worst he can for our freedom. What could be worse than not having the freedom to enjoy each other’s company? What could be worse than families falling apart right now?
Sitting in his car next to Jonker, Bill, 71, who declined to give his last name, said of the emergency powers: “How does he (Trudeau) find the strength to do this. It’s like communism, isn’t it?
“They want us to bow before him. ‘
“I stay, I have 19 grandchildren. I do it for them too. They can’t play hockey, they can’t go to university because they haven’t been injected.
“There are a lot of lawyers here who work for free to help us.”
“Trudeau has already done the worst he can for our freedom. What could be worse than not having the freedom to enjoy each other’s company? What could be worse than families falling apart right now? protesters report to
“The public will support us. Whatever he tries to do, the Canadian public will immediately adapt to how they support us and they will support us,” said one trucker.
“People need to really realize this, so if they want to keep going down this path, we’re in a bad position anyway, so I can stand up now.” It’s easiest to get up as soon as you can, right,” said one of the protesters.
Protesters say Trudeau’s new measures to shut them down have backfired, and they now enjoy more Canadian support than ever.
Bill also said that many of the Occupation cops sympathize with truckers.
“On one street, all the trucks got parking tickets,” he said. “Some cops have to be loved, right. They put up a receipt for a Kenworth truck and wrote Dodge on the receipt.
“The policeman did what he was told, but he was on our side, many of them are on our side.”
Grain farmer Kevin Werink, 39, from Hagersville, Ontario, has been living in his truck since the first day of the protest. He said: “I’m not worried about the new measures. We stand for the truth and for what we believe.
“It depends on how far they want to go, but for me they are all threats. They can make as many laws as they want, but the government breaks the laws.
“People have to really realize this if they want to continue on this path.
“We’re in a bad position anyway, so I can get up now,” Werink added. “It’s easiest to get up as soon as you can, right.
“I’m here to see things through.”
Meanwhile, Police Chief Sloli announced his resignation on Tuesday following a meeting of the Police Services Council.
Sloli has been Chief of the Ottawa Police Service since 2019, with approximately 1,480 officers and 620 civilians under his command. Last week, he announced that he was not going to leave his post.
“I came here to do a job, and I’m going to complete this job,” he told CFRA radio. “Absolutely dedicated, great team here, great officers, we have great partners in the city. We’re going to make it.
Sloli quickly ended the conversation without comment when DailyMail.com contacted him Tuesday morning.
Police Chief Peter Sloli announced his resignation on Tuesday following a meeting of the Police Services Council.
Ottawa police “have a plan to end the occupation” of the city, a new interim police chief said Tuesday.
Steve Bell, appointed after Sloli’s resignation, said: “I believe we now have the resources and partners to end this occupation.
“The Ottawa Police are ready and willing to do what is part of us.
“With new leadership and the stability of our command staff, I am confident that we will be able to end this occupation.
“I can absolutely assure you that we have a plan in place to end this illegal occupation of our streets,” Bell said.
Sloli has come under fire for allegedly not using the new poses given him by the state of emergency in Ontario declared last week.
In a statement by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Sloley for over 30 years with the Toronto and Ottawa Police.
But he added: “Unfortunately, it has become clear that many members of the Police Department, the city council and the general public are not satisfied with the police response to the end of the occupation.”