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The continuing blockades of critical infrastructure by trucker-led protesters demanding the removal of all Covid-19 mandates is undermining Canada’s international reputation and could have “serious economic and reputational consequences for the years ahead,” warns the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and dozens of business organizations from across the country.

“The blockades not only strike against the rule of law that protects our rights and freedoms, but also undermine Canada’s international reputation,” the Canadian Chamber of Commerce says in an open letter to elected representatives released Friday. “We are already hearing calls to move investment, contracts and production from Canada because of our inability to guarantee timely delivery to international customers.”

The open letter from the Chamber of Commerce, which is signed by dozens of business organizations from across the country, states that Canadians “expect our elected representatives at all levels of government and from all political parties to set aside partisanship and jurisdictional squabbling to bring this issue to a quick resolution.

The open letter called upon elected representatives to take the following action:

  • Deliver a strong and unified commitment from the Prime Minister, Premiers, Opposition Party Leaders, and Mayors that the rule of law will be upheld.
  • Urgently enact measures to protect critical infrastructure to ensure further closures do not take place elsewhere in the country in the days ahead.
  • Seek immediate injunctive measures through the courts to assert a clear message that lawlessness will not be tolerated.
  • Ensure law enforcement agencies have all the necessary political support and appropriate tools needed to restore public order and remove any physical blockades that are not dismantled voluntarily.

As of mid-afternoon Sunday, police were finally successful in clearing protesters and their vehicles from WIndsor's Ambassador Bridge with numerous arrests made. However, the bridge remained closed. Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens told the media that once police had the situation fully under control, the focus would turn to figuring out how to properly reopen the roadway to the bridge.

Protests at border points in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba were continuing as of mid-afternoon Sunday and a new one near Fort Erie, Ont., near the Peace Bridge, erupted with people blockng lanes on the Queen Elizabeth Way. And in Ottawa, protesters were in the third week of of their downtown occupation with no clear end in sight.

“The harm is both immediate and severe. Each hour that these blockades continue does more serious damage to our economy and to our society,” the open letter states,  reinforcing the need for urgent response.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce on its own represents 200,000 businesses. Included below are all the other signatories to the open letter.

1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce

Aerospace Industries Association of Canada

 

Alberta Chambers of Commerce

Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce

Animal Nutrition Association of Canada

Associated Equipment Distributors

Association of Canadian Port Authorities

Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers

Association québécoise de l’industrie du cannabis

Atlantic Chamber of Commerce

Beer Canada

Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce

Brampton Board of Trade

 

Brandon Chamber of Commerce
Burnaby Board of Trade
Business Council of Alberta

Business Council of Manitoba
Cambridge Chamber of Commerce

Campbell River & District Chamber of Commerce

Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums

Canada-U.S. Business Association

Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA)

Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters

Canadian Association of MoldMakers / AutomTe Canada

Canadian Association of Recycling Industries

Canadian Automobile Dealers Association

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Construction Association

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers

Canadian Food Exporters Association

Canadian Franchise Association

Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association Ltd
Canadian Horticulture Council
Canadian Home Builders’ Association

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Canadian Meat Council

Canadian Pet Connection

Canadian Produce Marketing Association

Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association

Canadian Rental Association

Canadian Society of Customs Brokers

Canadian Steel Producers Association

Canadian Sugar Institute

Canadian Toy Association

Canola Council of Canada

Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce

Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce

Chaleur Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant

Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton

Chamber of Commerce Niagara Falls, Canada

Chamber of Commerce serving Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows

Chambre de Commerce et d’industrie de Sherbrooke

Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce

Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce

Conception Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce

CropLife Canada

 

Downtown Fredericton Inc.

East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce

East Hants and Districts Chamber of Commerce

Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce

Electro-Federation Canada

Fertilizer Canada

FETCO

Flamborough Chamber of Commerce

Food Health & Consumer Products of Canada.

Food Producers of Canada

Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)

Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce

Fredericton Chamber of Commerce

Freight Management Association

Frontier Duty Free Association

Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce

Georgina Chamber of Commerce

Global Automakers of Canada

Grain Growers of Canada

Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce

Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce

Greater Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce
Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce

Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce

Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce

Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce

Guelph Chamber of Commerce

Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce

Hamilton Chamber of Commerce

Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association of Canada

HRAI:  Heating Refrigeration Air Conditioning Institute of Canada

Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce

Huron Chamber of Commerce – Goderich, Central and North Huron

Industrial Minerals Association – North America

Innovative Medicines Canada

Institute of Canadian Agencies (ICA)

 

Kenora & District Chamber of Commerce

Kivalliq Chamber of Commerce

La Chambre de commerce de l’Ouest-de-l’Île de Montréal

Leamington District Chamber of Commerce

Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce

Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce

London Chamber of Commerce

Lunenburg Board of Trade

Madoc & District Chamber of Commerce

Manitoba Chambers of Commerce

Meaford Chamber of Commerce

 

Medtech Canada

Milton Chamber of Commerce
Mining Association of Canada

Mississauga Board of Trade

Morinville & District Chamber of Commerce

Mount Pearl Paradise Chamber of Commerce
New Westminster Chamber of Commerce

Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce

North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce

NWT Chamber of Commerce

Oakville Chamber of Commerce

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Orillia District Chamber of Commerce

Ottawa Board of Trade

Owen Sound & District Chamber of Commerce
Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce

Peachland Chamber of Commerce

 

Port aux Basques and Area Chamber of Commerce

Port Colborne-Wainfleet Chamber of Commerce

Pulse Canada
Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce

Quinte West Chamber of Commerce

Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada

Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce

Responsible Distribution Canada

Retail Council of Canada

RGA

Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce

Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce

Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce

Sherwood Park & District Chamber of Commerce

Shipping Federation of Canada

Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce

South Stormont Chamber of Commerce

South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce

St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce

St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce

Stratford & District Chamber of Commerce

Supply Chain Canada

Surrey Board of Trade

SWIFT CURRENT & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Business Council of Canada

The Canadian American Border Trade Alliance

The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitain Montreal

The Fort Saskatchewan & District Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce

The Prince Edward County Chamber of Commerce

The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

Tillsonburg District Chamber of Commerce

Toronto Region Board of Trade

Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce

Vermilion & District Chamber of Commerce

Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce

Welland/Pelham Chamber of Commerce

West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce

Western Canadian Shippers’ Coalition

Whitby Chamber of Commerce

Whitchurch-Stouffville Chamber of Commerce

WindsorEssex Regional Chamber of Commerce

Wine Growers Canada

Woodstock District Chamber of Commerce

WRLA

Yarmouth & Area Chamber of Commerce
Yukon Chamber of Commerce

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