MP calls for public inquiry into trucker convoy that has occupied Ottawa

MP calls for public inquiry into trucker convoy that has occupied Ottawa

NDP MP Charlie Angus is calling for a public inquiry into the “national embarrassment” that led to the trucker blockades of the Canadian capital for more than three weeks.

Angus says an inquiry is needed to determine why Ottawa police let large trucks enter the national capital and set up a blockade that included bouncy castles, while racist members of the freedom convoy harassed local residents and forced businesses to close. He is also calling for an inquiry into foreign funding of the so-called freedom convoy.

Angus made the comments while speaking at the House of Commons as MPs resumed debate on the government’s invocation of the Emergencies Act Saturday.

He called the leaders of the protest “racists” who belong in the “crowbar hotel” and says Canada can’t be made to look like a “failed state” in the eyes of the world.

Meanwhile, Ottawa Police say they’ve made 47 arrests so far today as they continue to try and clear protesters from the heart of the downtown core.

They also say they’ve towed 38 vehicles since Friday and have cleared a stretch of Wellington Street that runs in front of Parliament.

They issued a tweet saying the road is now clear up to O’Conner Street.

But enforcement operations continue amid a tense atmosphere, with police using batons and a “chemical irritant” as they try to disperse the crowds.

The Canadian Press


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