The legislation, which would permanently prohibit demonstrations and blockades on “protected transportation infrastructure,” like land or water border crossings and international airports, is, on the face of it, in response to the convoy from earlier this year. This has some superficial appeal given the havoc that things like the blockade of the Ambassador Bridge and the occupation of downtown Ottawa caused.
Also, a very similar law, passed in Alberta following the Wet’suwet’en railway blockades, wasn’t even deployed in that province to end the convoy protest blocking the border between Alberta and the United States.
So if this new legislation is redundant and if there are signs from another province that it might not even be used to prevent the kind of demonstrations it claims to respond to, what exactly is it for?
Written by Moya Teklu, Cara Zwibel, and Fred Hahn. Click here to read the full op-ed on TorontoSun.com.