I feel a little sorry for the truckers besieging our capital and two vital trade routes. They appear to be unsophisticated and poorly educated people who bumbled their way into a no-win confrontation with the Canadian state. It cannot end well for them. Canada cannot bend to their will and expect to remain a country. The poison we are seeing now would seep across our geography and into the national fabric.
An insurrection by the naïve is still an insurrection.
The prime minister should invoke the Emergencies Act and clear the trade barricades in Windsor, ON and Coutts, AB using all necessary force. Canada manages trade across its borders, not truck drivers. If you can’t or won’t defend your borders then you are not a state. If we need tanks to move those trucks, then so be it.
Perhaps that will concentrate the minds of the Ottawa group enough to negotiate their surrender. On those terms the prime minister could participate without weakening Canada’s position.
To be negotiated:
- the charges the occupiers will face
- where they will be tried
- where federal sentences will be served
- the care and safety of their children until they are reunited with family
It’s harsh. In some ways the truckers are victims, but they are also the authors of their own misfortune.
When it’s done, Canada needs to urgently address the causes.