(Reuters) – The busiest land crossing from the United States to Canada remained closed on Tuesday, the Canadian border authority said, after Canadian truck drivers blocked lanes on Monday to protest the government's measures to control pandemics. Federal covid-19 vaccine mandate for cross-border traffic began blocking the streets of Canada's capital, Ottawa, on January 28. Since Sunday night, police have slowly begun to regain control, seizing thousands of gallons of fuel and removing an oil tanker.
Trucks began blocking traffic at Ambassador Bridge, between Lake Erie and Lake Huron, late Monday. The Canadian Border Services Agency said on Tuesday that the bridge was closed, but police later tweeted that lanes to the United States were now open.
The owner of the bridge, Detroit International Bridge Co., said international trade on the bridge needed to resume.
"We encourage appropriate officials to take immediate action to alleviate the situation as soon as possible in a manner that reflects mutual respect," said company chairman Matt Moroun in a statement
Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said he closely monitored the situation.
Canada ships 75% of its exports to the United States, and the bridge typically handles about 8,000 trucks a day.
President of Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers & # 39; The Association called for an immediate end to the blockade, saying that "persistent delays at the Ambassador Bridge could disrupt car production that employs tens of thousands of Canadians."
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared in public on Monday for the first time in more than a week after infected by covid-19 and said the protest must end.
Prime Minister Trudeau would return to parliament on Tuesday to meet with opposition lawmakers demanding he do more to end what an aide called a "national humiliation." [19659002"Hehascondemnedtheprotesters'tactics
" Individuals are trying to block our economy, our democracy and the daily lives of our citizens, "he told an urgent debate in the lower house on Monday night. "It must end."