Mayor Kennedy Stewart's statement on planned convoy protest

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Mark Hosak
February 04, 2022

Mayor Kennedy Stewart has released the following statement on the planned vehicle convoy protest this weekend in Vancouver.

This weekend we are expecting to see anti-COVID mandate protests making their way across the Lower Mainland, ending in downtown Vancouver.

As the Mayor of a city with an over 95 per cent vaccination rate, my message to the convoy is this: Vancouver doesn’t want you here. Make your point and then go home.

To prepare for this event, I have been briefed by the City Manager and the VPD Emergency Planning and Operational Section (EOPS). EOPS is closely monitoring the situation and taking necessary steps in preparation. I have full confidence in VPD Chief Palmer and his team who will be directing the response to the Vancouver portion of this protest.

The proposed route passes three important healthcare facilities. While every Canadian has a right to peaceful and respectful protest, nobody has the right to promote hate, jeopardize the safety of our communities, or interfere with accesfor patients, staff, or first responders.

Hate has no place in our city. We all have to stand together against hate in all its forms, including when it targets frontline and healthcare workers.

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