Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today, Tuesday, that the ongoing protest against the imposition of public health instructions to combat the emerging epidemic of the Coronavirus in Ottawa “is trying to blockade our economy, our democracy and the daily lives of our citizens,” calling for an end to this protest.
Trudeau appeared in the House of Commons to participate in an emergency debate on the protest in Ottawa, which has entered its second week.
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said – in Parliament – that the government agreed to a request from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for additional resources to police the protests.
On Monday, the Ottawa City Council voted to formally petition the federal government to take charge of public safety in the Parliamentary District to allow Ottawa officers to return to protect neighborhoods.
In a letter to Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said in order to “quell the insurgency”, the city needs another 1,800 officers in addition to his existing unit of 2,100 police and civilians.
And the chaotic protests organized by the Canadian right caused a state of terror in the center of the capital, Ottawa; This prompted many downtown residents to leave their homes and move to other neighborhoods. Many Ottawa residents are calling for the government to leave the army to enforce law and order.
It is estimated that the downtown demonstrations are costing the city $1.8 million to $2.2 million per day for the police alone. Jim Watson said the city keeps a tally of all unusual costs associated with the protest and will seek compensation from higher levels of government when the protest is finally over.