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Mayor Hyggen's statement on the Coutts border crossing

As many citizens of Lethbridge are aware, the current situation at the Coutts border crossing has stirred a wide range of conversations, opinions and emotions, both here and across the country.

To the Truckers, the work you do can often be taken for granted, but I want to recognize each of you today and every day. THANK YOU!

It is because of you we have food on our tables, fuel in our cars and the everyday items we all rely upon as we continue to move through the pandemic as a community from coast-to-coast. My hat goes off to you all!

As the newly elected Mayor of Lethbridge, I am committed to public service, the proud husband of a frontline health worker, and as someone who is vaccinated; I am supportive of all the ways in which we can work as a community to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable citizens.

I want to be clear, I support and respect the decisions of each and every individual. I have seen first-hand the continued efforts of our health care professionals, frontline staff, and yes, truck drivers, all who tirelessly provide essential goods and services to our community day in and day out.

I understand how exhausted each of you must be as you continue to serve our community, and I stand with you.

Please understand that I am in full support of peaceful protest and am proud to live in a democratic society where such demonstrations are allowed to take place without intervention.

However, should there be a blocking of infrastructure or deliberate attempts to disrupt the public that could impact emergency services and/or any supply chains we require to make it through this pandemic, that form of protest should not be tolerated, and those involved should be held accountable.

To that end, may we continue to respect each other's opinions and be kind to one another.