Canadian judge authorizes police removal of truckers blocking Ambassador Bridge

Morawetz said the order would go into effect at 7 p.m. Friday.

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“This gives individuals the opportunity and time to clear the area,” he said in the original decision.

The span that connects Detroit to Windsor, Ontario, has been largely closed by Canadian “Freedom Convoy” truckers since Monday in protest of a US-Canada mandate that requires truckers to enter both countries counter need to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

By Friday, calls for Canada to end the impasse were growing among state and federal officials while the province of Ontario state of emergency declaredwhen its prime minister promised new legal action against protesters, including fines and jail terms.

East Lansing adviser Anderson Economic Group estimates there will be a traffic jam on the bridge Cost $51 million in lost direct wages in Michigan in the first week alone, a number it said would “rise at an increasing pace” the longer the standoff lasted.

“With the industry already understaffed and production lines awaiting parts, any further disruption is very costly,” said Patrick Anderson, CEO of Anderson Economic Group.

General Motors closed several shifts at its vehicle manufacturing plant near Lansing this week due to parts shortages related to the closure of the span, which normally moves 8,000 trucks and more than $323 million worth of goods a day. Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. suspended some operations in Canada due to the closure, while Honda planned to end assembly line production at its Alliston, Ontario plant.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the bridge is the busiest international land border crossing in North America and accounts for nearly a third of the estimated two-way annual trade between Canada and the United States more than $600 billion.

In response to the potential economic crisis, officials on both sides of the border are stepping up pressure to end the impasse. The blockade at the Ambassador Bridge also led to this massive traffic backups Earlier in the week at Port Huron’s Blue Water Bridge as truckers sought other routes into Canada.

Canadian protesters have also closed border crossings in Coutts, Alberta, across from Montana and in Emerson, Manitoba, across from North Dakota.

On Friday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she was urging US and Canadian officials to find a way to open the ambassador bridge.

“I obviously set the phone line on fire talking to people in the White House with the Canadian ambassador in our congressional delegation and some Canadian government officials,” Whitmer said.

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