COVID-19 Trucker Blockade Shuts Down Ford Plant
TORONTO (AP) — A blockade of the bridge between Canada and Detroit by protesters demanding an end to Canada’s COVID-19 restrictions has forced the shutdown of a Ford plant and is beginning to have broader implications on the North American auto industry.
Canada has been beset in recent weeks by protests against COVID-19 restrictions and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Canada-bound traffic was halted at the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, while U.S.-bound traffic was still moving.
Ford says parts shortages forced it to shut down its engine plant in Windsor and to run an assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario, on a reduced schedule.
The blockade also disrupted operations at a General Motors factory near Lansing, Michigan.
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