Ottawa’s police chief resigned Tuesday after failing to restore order in the Canadian capital during 19 days of unrest – a day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau implemented a sweeping act that critics said was tantamount to military action. position.
Peter Sloli, who has led Ottawa’s police since 2019, was known for his progressive reform agenda but conceded defeat this week as city residents complained about his handling of protests against the Freedom Convoy’s anti-vaccination mandate.
Truck drivers have been parked in the city center since January 27, demanding the cancellation of Trudeau’s vaccination mandates. They have said they will stay until the mandates are lifted, despite the fact that more than 90 percent of Canadians are already fully vaccinated. Other members of their movement blocked US bridges for five days last week, resulting in millions of dollars in international trade losses.
In a Twitter statement, Sloli, 55, defended his police record and said he was retiring “with a heavy heart”.
“Since this demonstration began, I have done everything possible to keep this city safe and put an end to this unprecedented and unforeseen crisis,” he said.
His contract was not supposed to expire until 2024.
Peter Sloli, 55, resigned on Tuesday after failing to bring protests in Ottawa under control.
Trucks block streets in the city center near the Houses of Parliament as a demonstration led by truck drivers continues Tuesday night to protest vaccination mandates.
Truckers in Canada on Tuesday evening in Ottawa continue the protest that began on January 27.
The protesters, pictured in Ottawa on Tuesday evening, vowed to stay until vaccination requirements are lifted.
Ottawa residents said they were fed up with the riots and noise from the demonstrations.
Mayor Jim Watson said in a statement that he supported the police council’s decision to accept Sloli’s resignation.
“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,” he said.
Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair, who worked with Sloli when Blair was chief of the Toronto Police Service, said Tuesday that Sloli was “a decent man in principle faced with a very difficult job.”
“Honestly, I am very saddened by this turn of events,” Blair told The Ottawa Citizen.
“At the same time, I think there is important work to be done to restore order and provide effective policing services to the people of Ottawa.”
Blair called the lack of police action against the protesters “inexplicable” in an interview with CBC News on Sunday.
Trudeau on Monday invoked a rarely used law, the Emergency Act, to end the protests.
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, who was seen in the House of Commons on Tuesday, called for an Emergency Act on Monday to end the protests.
Under draconian temporary powers, mass gatherings may be banned and freedom of movement restricted. Critics compared the act to martial law.
Trudeau defended the act on Tuesday, tweeting: “We will always defend the rights of Canadians to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.”
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“We will also do what is necessary to strengthen the principles, values and institutions that ensure the freedom of all Canadians – and that is what we are doing with the Emergency Act.”
Bridges in the US that had been blocked for five days were reopened on Tuesday after protesters were dispersed.
Trudeau blamed the protest on foreign agitators, and on Tuesday it was revealed that 42 percent of donations to the crowdfunding site came from the US.
Canadians donated $4.31 million to the vaccination mandate protest, less than a third of all donors, compared to $3.62 million donated by Americans, according to the data.
The remaining $8.7 million came from the UK and several other countries.
The majority of U.S. donations, according to an analysis of zip codes by The Washington Post, came from Leander, Texas, a suburb just north of Austin.
The paper says that Leander had the largest number of donations, with 38 individual donors, with many donors referring to the Bible in their pledges.
By all accounts, the largest convoy from the US was Thomas Siebel, who made his fortune in software development in Silicon Valley in the 1990s.
The $90,000 donation was made on Siebel’s behalf using an email address associated with his past Siebel Systems business.
Nancy Wasa, 62, from eastern Oregon, sent $2,000 on Feb. 5, she confirmed to the newspaper.
“I believe we are falling off a cliff into communism and a human uprising could be our last chance to get Americans to fight for our freedoms,” she said, adding that she believes “vaccination demands are part of the mass murder committed Big.” Pharma.
The hack data showed that Canadians made up only 29 percent of the donor base. Americans made up 56 percent of the donor base, while UK donors made up 2 percent.
Elena Danielson, 57, a real estate agent from Beverly Hills, told the newspaper that she grew up in the Soviet Union, emigrated to Canada in the 1990s and then moved to the United States, where she married and has grandchildren.
“I support the vaccine. I am glad that everyone who needed or wanted was vaccinated,” she said.
“But now we all know that vaccination status does not prevent you from getting or spreading COVID again.
“My husband had this for the second time after revaccination.
“If Justin Trudeau was a real leader, he would admit he was wrong and cancel useless mandates.”
Plans continued on Tuesday to send a convoy of 1,000 trucks within the United States from California to DC.
The protesters plan to withdraw at the end of this month.
Dr. Ryan Cole, pilot Josh Yoder and convoy organizers Brian Brace and Maureen Steele told Newsmax’s Eric Bolling that they were optimistic about the planned protest.
“I think you’ll see it grow as we move around the country,” Braze said.
“Originally, we planned to produce a little over a thousand trucks to get started.”
Steele added: “We’ve really managed to get the best and brightest on our team to ensure this convoy goes through without a hitch.
— We have a specialist in logistics, tactics, we ensure the availability of fuel. We brought in Exemplar Financial, which has seven offices across the country and has lawyers and accountants overseeing the fundraiser to make sure everything is zipped up.”
Steele concluded, “Our funds cannot be frozen or stolen.”