St. Catharines Mayor joins others condemning truckers’ blockade

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Published February 14, 2022 at 11:45 am

St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik joined other mayors in condemning the illegal border blockades caused by the "Freedom Convoy" truckers.

St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik joined a number of other Ontario mayors in roundly condemning the illegal blockades in Windsor and other Canadian towns at U.S. border crossings.

“As a member of the Ontario Big City Mayors, I join my fellow mayors in condemning the damaging actions by the convoy protestors and call on all orders of government to work together to end the convoy protests and defend peace, order and good government,” posted Sendzik.

He was appreciative that Premier Doug Ford declared a State of Emergency on Friday (Feb. 11), “putting in measures to protect the flow of goods and people to keep our economy running. Hopefully, this will put an end to these illegal blockades and occupations.”

He also thanked the Niagara Police, Niagara OPP and authorities at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie for effectively blocking off all routes to the bridge on Saturday as Canada Unity posted that it would be the next bridge protested.

“Thank you to the (Niagara Regional Police), OPP, Peace Bridge Authority & others for doing an outstanding job in managing the issues related to protests targeting Niagara border crossings. Your efforts are very much appreciated.”

However, he recognized that the truckers protest represented just a small fraction of their own community and thanked those who have kept things rolling through the pandemic.

“Thank you to all the first responders, those working in our healthcare system, and those who continue to move vital goods throughout our province and country,” said Sendzik.

Below is the joint letter from the Ontario Big City Mayors group.

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