US President Joe Biden had demanded that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stop the ‘freedom convoy’ protesting vaccine mandates at the US-Canada border just before Trudeau declared an emergency.
Trudeau is scheduled to testify in Ottawa on Friday about his decision to clear out the convoy as part of the Canadian government’s investigation into the PM’s use of those powers.
The trucker protest grew so large that it forced the closure of vital trade routes along the Canada-US border, as well as key parts of the capital, for more than three weeks. However, on February 14, all border blockades were lifted.
According to reports, Biden pressed his Canadian counterpart to stop the convoy, and Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said Washington was “very, very, very concerned.”
On February 10, the minister emailed staff, threatening to shut down “all of their northeastern car plants” if the convoy was not stopped within 12 hours.
On the same day, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland met with Biden’s top economic adviser, Brian Deese, who expressed concern about the blockades and estimated that they would cost $2.9 billion in trade.