FACT CHECK: Did Justin Trudeau Send This Letter To The Ottawa ‘Freedom Convoy’ Protesters?

Elias Atienza | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on Facebook claims to show a letter from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office to protesters involved in the Ottawa “Freedom Convoy.”

Verdict: False

There is no evidence the letter is authentic. The Prime Minister’s office denied sending the letter.

Fact Check:

Canada is facing ongoing protests in Ottawa and other border areas over COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions against truck drivers and unvaccinated citizens, according to The New York Times. Protesters blockaded several border crossings, including the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, disrupting trade between Canada and the U.S., The Associated Press reported.

A Facebook image claims to show a letter from Trudeau to protesters, stating he would meet with demonstrators under the condition that they were vaccinated. “Trudeau finally offers to meet with the truckers, here’s the letter,” the post’s caption says.

There is no evidence the letter is authentic. Check Your Fact didn’t find any press releases from Trudeau’s office stating he would meet with the protesters under such conditions. Canadian media outlets such as the Ottawa Citizen, CBC and The Globe and Mail also haven’t reported on the prime minister sending such a letter.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s office told Check Your Fact in an email that the “letter is not from us.” (RELATED: Did Justin Trudeau Call On Canadians To ‘Make Life Difficult’ For Unvaccinated Citizens In A Facebook Post?)

Several grammatical errors are also present in the letter, including no apostrophe in the phrase “Nations Capital.” The words “Ottawa Convoy Protesters” appear above the logo of the prime minister, which is inconsistent with other letters Trudeau has sent in the past. The formatting of the letter is also different, including variations in the spacing and font.

Trudeau previously stated he would not meet or negotiate with the protesters, according to CBC. Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency Feb. 11, opening the possibility of arrests should protesters continue to block streets, NBC News reported.

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