Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg is missing in action on another transportation crisis — this time, the blockade of the Ambassador Bridge from Michigan by Canadian protesters who oppose their government’s vaccine mandate for truckers.
As Breitbart News reported Wednesday, protesters supporting the Canadian trucking convoy in Ottawa closed down traffic on the bridge that connects Detroit, Michigan, to Windsor, Canada, and which carries 25% of U.S.-Canada trade. Traffic opened from Canada to the U.S., but traffic from the U.S. to Canada remained closed. Truckers had already blockaded the road linking the western province of Alberta with Montana, and reports are emerging of other potential blockades as well.
Toyota will not produce vehicles at their three Ontario plants this week. The Ambassador Bridge is effectively shit down. The Blue Water is slowed. Peace Bridge may shut this weekend.
Good jobs may leave Ontario forever. Bad look for those supporting #FreedomConvoy2022
— Brian Lilley (@brianlilley) February 10, 2022
Moreover, Reuters reported Wednesday that Ford and Toyota were both halting some production, partly due to the blockades.
But Secretary Buttigieg has said nothing, nor has the Department of Transportation issued statements about the blockades.
Instead, Buttigieg has been blasting Florida for a bill — one not yet passed, or signed into law — that would prohibit sexuality from being taught to children in “primary” grades. The Biden administration calls it the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, erroneously.
Buttigieg’s sole recent comment on trucking on social media was to comment on the Biden administration’s purported effort to hire more veterans as truckers.
Anyone who used to drive the Bagram-Kabul highway with me would make a very good professional driver.
So would millions of veterans, and we're putting out the call because our economy and supply chains need more drivers across America. https://t.co/SMvFVkzDKl
— Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@SecretaryPete) February 9, 2022
Buttigieg served in the U.S. Navy Reserve as an intelligence officer and did a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
The Secretary has been vocal about identity politics and Democrats’ other ideological priorities, such as electric vehicles, but took two months off for unannounced paternity leave during the height of the cargo crisis last summer, and was silent as the country discovered mass looting of cargo trains in Los Angeles, which disrupted deliveries of goods throughout the country.
UPDATE: Buttigieg was later reported to have spoken to his Canadian counterparts, urging them to “resolve” the situation.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.