PM, OTTAWA MAYOR ACCUSE PREMIER OF NOT RESPONDING TO END ''FREEDOM CONVOY''
Oct 18, 2022
By Bob Komsic
The prime minister and Ottawa mayor accused Doug Ford of ”hiding” in the responses to last winter’s ”Freedom Convoy” for political reasons.
Outgoing mayor Jim Watson’s testifying at the public inquiry into the federal government’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act for the first time in February.
Watson says he was impatient at how long it took to get more police officers sent to the city to end the protest.
According to a transcript and summary of a phone call with Justin Trudeau, the mayor expressed frustration that the premier was not helping, and said the solicitor-general was being ”disingenuous” about the number of OPP officers who were responding.
The prime minister replied by accusing Ford of ”hiding from his responsibility” for political reasons.
Meanwhile, a memo introduced at the inquiry shows Ottawa police considered the occupation around Parliament Hill an ”eyesore,” but then police chief Peter Sloly thought it would be riskier to crack down on the protesters given his experience of mass arrests at the G-20 in Toronto 12 years ago, when Sloly was deputy chief in this city.