The 'Freedom Convoy' Is Now Forcing Shutdowns at Auto Plants - 2022-02-10
As the anti–vaccine mandate truckers continue to dig in across Canada, a major disruption at the border has closed factories and businesses, costing millions to the North American economy.
The Ambassador Bridge, which connects Detroit to Windsor, Ontario, has been hampered for several days by protests. While the protest has been conducted more by pickup trucks than big-rigs, it has been holding up the lanes and only letting traffic going to the United States through. The bridge is a key cog in both the U.S. and Canadian economies as it carries about 25 percent of trade between the two countries.
The halting of trade has bottlenecked automaker Ford's ability to get parts from the U.S. to its plants in Windsor and Oakville. Ford has shut the doors of its Windsor plant and reduced the work schedule in Oakville.