Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Wednesday February 9, 2022
Conservatives split on whether convoy protest should stay or vacate Parliament Hill
Conservatives appear increasingly split over whether a protest against COVID-19 health restrictions in the nation’s capital should stay or go.
Many Tory members of Parliament have pledged full support to the protesters, including recently elected interim leader Candice Bergen and Pierre Poilievre, the first candidate to announce his bid for party leadership.
Entering the House of Commons on Tuesday, Alberta Conservative MP John Barlow says he doesn’t think the protesters should leave and believes they have been respectful, adding some of his constituents are in the crowd.
“Let’s put this in perspective. This isn’t like you brought Ottawa to a screeching halt,” he said.
“I live right downtown when I’m in Ottawa. I’ve managed to get to work. I haven’t been kept up all night. Is it ideal? No. But this could be ended if the prime minister comes out and does his job.”