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Rights and Privileges: Ontario premier considering revoking licenses from blockading protesters

Toronto, Ontario — Following his announcement declaring the province of Ontario to be in a state of emergency due to ongoing trucker convoy blockades, Premier Doug Ford expanded on his warnings, saying that measures are even available to revoke personal and commercial licenses from unlawful protesters.

“What they are seeing, it’s not who we are,” said Ford at a press conference on Friday morning.

“This is not how we try to change things here in Canada. We do it through the ballot box.”

In declaring a state of emergency, the government is allowed to grant itself “special powers” to enforce an end to the protests that include the authority to shut down institutions and business, limit travel and seize property.

“We will also provide additional authority to consider taking away the personal and commercial licenses of anyone who doesn’t comply with these orders,” Ford said.

CTV News, among other media sources, reported on Friday morning that protesters had agreed to clear a lane for travel between Detroit and Windsor.

Provincial court is currently weighing out the details of an injunction order that aims to clear the bridge entirely.

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