Canadian provinces move to ease Covid rules as truckies dig in

Canadian provinces move to ease Covid rules as truckies dig in. By Michel Comte.

Truck drivers paralysing the Canadian capital in anger at Covid rules showed no sign of backing down on Tuesday, as several of the nation’s provinces announced it was time to roll back restrictions that count among the world’s toughest.

With authorities struggling to bring the protest movement to heel, Saskatchewan in the west said it was ready to lift all pandemic restrictions, with Quebec and Alberta also signalling plans to ease measures.

In the capital, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — who a day earlier issued a stern warning that the protests “had to stop”–– appeared to shift tone, saying he understood “how frustrated everyone is” and that “the time is coming when we will be able to relax”. “We’re all sick and tired of restrictions, of mandates, of having to make sacrifices,” Mr Trudeau said, adding, however, that vaccine mandates were the “way to avoid further restrictions”. …

Protester Martin Desforges, 46, said he was determined to stay “until the end”, which organisers said would come only when all pandemic restrictions were lifted.

hat-tip Stephen Neil