How the Trucker Protest is Affecting Canada-US Trade

Canada and US trade is a key factor in helping both countries to recover from the losses incurred during the pandemic and making economic recovery easier. However, the ongoing protests by truckers, especially near the border, make things tougher.

The Plight of the Auto Industry

The auto industry has already suffered problems like semiconductor shortages and supply chain chaos during the pandemic. The new threat is now directly impacting thousands of workers who work in the industry.

Many big names like Ford Motor, Honda, General Motors, and Toyota have reduced production at several factories in Ontario and Michigan. So, paychecks are now threatened in a very real sense.

Ford released a statement on the matter and stated, “This interruption on the Detroit-Windsor bridge hurts customers, auto workers, suppliers, communities, and companies on both sides of the border. We hope this situation is resolved quickly because it could have a widespread impact on all automakers in the US and Canada.”

It also offers a fresh reminder of how fragile global supply chains are and how connected the US and Canadian economies are. After all, they exchange $140 million worth of vehicles and parts every day.

The Future

No one has the slightest idea when the protests will end. Protests might likely swell in the coming days and might spread to the US. If the protests continue to affect paychecks, workers who have been sent home early will spend less at stores and restaurants.

Also, the slowdown in Canadian trade will likely negatively impact New York, Michigan, and Ohio. There is already a shortage of truck drivers in North America, so the protests that keep truck drivers off their routes will increase the problems for the fragile supply chain.

Harsh Actions

The Canadian authorities have had to take strict actions to control the situation. Many demonstrators who were blocking a critical border bridge, the Ambassador Bridge to Detroit, were arrested, and Canadian suggested that they had negotiated a deal with the truckers who occupied the downtown core of Ottawa for weeks. After arresting several people and towing a pair of pickup trucks, the bridge was reopened late Sunday.

Spreading Unrest

Sadly, the unrest by the truckers was not limited to Ottawa and Windsor. It has spread to Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Who are the Protestors, and What Do They Want?

The protestors are truck drivers who cross the US-Canada border to do their jobs. They oppose the mandatory vaccination requirement, the pandemic restrictions, and the leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. They are closing the borders to increase pressure on the Canadian government.

Justin Trudeau’s Stand

According to a government statement, in a meeting organized on Saturday, Justin Trudeau “stressed that border crossings cannot, and will not, remain closed and that all options remain on the table.”

The US Department of Homeland Security has also warned that American truckers might be planning a protest convoy that might affect the Super Bowl in Los Angeles on Sunday. But it didn’t happen.



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