Jun 02, 2022
By Steve Kee
The fallout and discussion continues following this February’s trucker protests in Ottawa.
The city’s former police chief says Canada’s institutions and police services were unprepared for the scale of the demonstration.
Peter Sloly resigned amid heavy criticism of the force’s handling of the “Freedom Convoy” protest in February.
He told a parliamentary committee that the protest represents a “paradigm shift” in the kinds of security events facing Ottawa and he is calling for the street in front of Parliament Hill to be closed to vehicles to prevent another massive national security threat.
This is the first time Sloly spoke out since he stepped down during the heat of the protest on Feb. 15, when Ottawa’s downtown streets were seized by hundreds of big-rigs, other trucks and thousands of demonstrators protesting COVID-19 restrictions and the Liberal government.
Sloly also suggests placing Wellington Street under the jurisdiction of Parliamentary Protective Services instead of the Ottawa police, though he warned that will be a costly solution and won’t solve communication issues between the various police services that operate on and near Parliament Hill.