Premier Jason Kenney of Alberta is calling for an end to a major car roadblock that is delaying access to the Canada-US border crossing, claiming that it is causing “great annoyance for authorized motorists.”
Kenney stated in a statement on Sunday afternoon that it “may dangerously obstruct the mobility of emergency service vehicles.” “This barrier must be lifted as soon as possible.”
Truckers and cars traveling to and from the United States from southern Alberta have been snarled in traffic as a massive blockage of vehicles linked to a statewide protest over COVID-19 public health measures continues to clog the border.
Since Saturday afternoon, vehicles have been blocking the roadway from south of Lethbridge, Alta., to the Canada-US border crossing in the community of Coutts.
As a result, transportation to and from the border crossing has essentially come to a halt.
The RCMP stated in a statement on Sunday that they are assisting truck drivers who are attempting to leave the region, but that traffic is backed up.
Professional long-haul trucker David May, who has been driving for 15 years and is completely vaccinated, has found it frustrating.
May stopped in Brooks, Alta., to pick up a shipment of beef to bring to Portland, Ore., before hitting the blockage on Saturday. Since then, he’s been stuck in Milk River, Alta.
He stated, “The protest makes no sense at all.” “I returned here and parked alongside a slew of other truckers, all of them are vaccinated and eager to get down to work. It’s quite aggravating.”