By Ian Croft
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Bow River MP Martin Shields believes protesting is a fundamental right of democracy itself and should not be infringed upon.
“I always believe that people’s right to protest, particularly in Ottawa, is a right of democracy,” Shields said when asked about the trucker convoy that occurred in the downtown streets of Ottawa for over 20 days and across Canada. “There have been people protesting all the time — I’ve been here on a daily basis. I believe there is now a valuation through a couple of different committees/different processes of how this particular one was handled in Ottawa. I think that report will come on how that kind of demonstration/that kind of process how it happened and why it happened like it did, and the problems everyone envisioned that they saw in the sense of recommendations for how to deal with a mass demonstration. But I believe in the right to protest lawfully and in Ottawa, we see it on a daily basis.”
The trucker convoy was able to hold its ground in Ottawa due to online fundraisers and sympathetic individuals bringing them supplies.
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