Freedom convoy

Justin Trudeau walks to a news conference after police ended three weeks of occupation of the capital by protesters seeking to end coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates in Ottawa, Feb. 21, 2022. (Blair Gable/Reuters)

The truckers brought chaos to Ottawa. What can we learn from them?

Paul Wells: How the misguided fuelling of an ‘us’ versus ‘them’ mentality gave us chaos and a hot tub on Parliament Hill
Police face off with a protester against COVID-19 mandates, Feb. 18, 2022 in Ottawa. (Robert Bumsted/Associated Press)

Ottawa police move in on the protestors

Politics Insider for Feb. 18: The protests collapse; the House of Commons erupts; tensions rise even further in Ukraine
Conservative Interim leader Candice Bergen rises during Question Period, Feb. 16, 2022 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

The Conservatives won’t support the enforcement of the Emergencies Act

Politics Insider for Feb. 17: A breakdown of the Emergencies Act; Ottawa appoints an interim police chief; Doug Ford comes up short on a major election promise
Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly speaks at a news conference in Ottawa, Feb. 4, 2022. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

The tumult in Ottawa rages on

Politics Insider for Feb. 16: Ottawa’s police chief steps down; the Coutts blockade disperses; Doug Ford holds a no-holds-barred press conference
People gather for an anti-mandate protest on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Feb. 13, 2022. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

Ottawa mayor lands a shaky deal with the Freedom Convoy

Politics Insider for Feb. 14: Ottawa changes its approach to the truckers; Justin Trudeau calls a late-night cabinet meeting; Canada pulls troops out of Ukraine
Lightbound speaks about COVID restrictions during a news conference, Feb. 8, 2022 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Joël Lightbound’s push against the Liberal status quo has caused quite a stir

Politics Insider for Feb. 9: Truckers continue to dominate the news; some provinces start to open up; Poilievre pulls ahead in the Conservative leadership race
Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau returns to Parliament with a hard stance against protests

Politics Insider for Feb. 8: Candice Bergen criticizes Trudeau; the trucker horns fall silent; Stephen Poloz’s affection for Star Trek
A police vehicle sits outside Ottawa City Hall after Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson declared a state of emergency for Ottawa, Feb. 6, 2022. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

Ottawa mayor declares a state of emergency

Politics Insider for Feb. 7: The city of Ottawa moves against the occupying protestor; Pierre Poilievre makes a big announcement; the Conservatives stare down a pivotal choice
Trucks are parked on Metcalfe Street as a rally against COVID-19 restrictions, Ottawa, Jan. 30, 2022. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

Ottawa protestors plan to stay put

Politics Insider for Jan. 31: Protesting truckers settle in for the long haul; public opinion on the convoy waivers; Ottawa contradicts itself on Ukraine
Vehicles with Canadian flags, part of the “Freedom” convoy, line up before the departure from Kingston to Ottawa, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. (Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press)

The trucker convoy plans to gridlock Ottawa

Politics Insider for Jan. 28: Ottawa police for an onslaught of trucks; Erin O’Toole agrees to meet with trucker protestors; the Conservative party tried to find its footing