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Canadian News Jan 25, 2022 5:49 PM EST

Trudeau Liberals keep lips sealed on truckers convoy set for Parliament Hill

The Council Office and the Prime Minister's Office both would not comment on The Truckers for Freedom convoy.

Trudeau Liberals keep lips sealed on truckers convoy set for Parliament Hill
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC

The Council Office and the Prime Minister's Office both would not comment on The Truckers for Freedom convoy or what security measures, if any, would be put in place upon the arrival of the convoy.

A similar convoy in 2019 called United We Roll prompted the Privy Council Office to clear rooftops overlooking Parliament Hill " and distribute staff emails claiming truckers wanted to arrest Justin Trudeau," according to Blacklock's Reporter.

"Scaffolding, crane and above-ground access is NOT permitted," read one staff memo in 2019.

"Our law enforcement partners encourage everyone to be vigilant and to be aware of their surroundings at all times," wrote staff. "Please report any suspicious activity or anything that may be out of the ordinary to the Privy Council Office Crisis Management Cell."

According to those documents, officials feared that as many as 400 trucks and 25,000 protestors would meet at Parliament Hill, with media portraying the groups as being filled with racists.

In the end, only 170 trucks arrived.

Outlets such as Vice said that the group was "plagued by racist messages," and condemned then-Conservative leader Andrew Scheer for embracing the group.

Those protests even prompted then-Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick to voice concerns over assassinations.

"I worry about the rising tide of incitements to violence, when people use terms like treason and traitor in open discourse," said Wernick. "Those are the words that lead to assassination. I'm worried that somebody’s going to be shot."

"I worry about the trolling from the vomitorium of social media entering the open media arena."

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