How North America Was Affected by COVID-19 Truck Blocade in Canada

Canadian protesters were not playing as protest entered its third day. Truckers parked at the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Canada, refusing to budge. They allowed traffic to enter the U.S. but none could enter Canada.

The bridge carries 25% of all trade between the two countries, and Canadian authorities expressed increasing worry about the economic effects. The protests have affected the auto industry.

Ford was forced to shut down its plant in Windsor because of a lack of parts and was forced to run an assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario, on a reduced schedule.

Shortages due to the blockade also forced General Motors to cancel the second shift of the day at its midsize-SUV factory near Lansing, Michigan. Spokesman Dan Flores said it was expected to restart soon and no additional impact was expected for the time being.

Toyota spokesman Scott Vazin said the company will not be able to manufacture anything at three Canadian plants for the rest of this week due to parts shortages.

Stellantis, formerly Fiat Chrysler, reported normal operations, though the company had to cut shifts short at its Windsor minivan plant.

Protester John Vanreeuwyk, a feedlot operator from Coaldale, Alberta, said, “Until Trudeau moves,” he said, “we don’t move.”

Source: BCNN1