Over 50,000 Truckers Join Freedom Convoy Through Canada Protesting COVID Mandates – Massive Crowds of Canadians Show Up In Support ~ January 27, 2022
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Over 50,000 Truckers Join Freedom Convoy Through Canada Protesting COVID Mandates – Massive Crowds of Canadians Show Up In Support
Jan 27, 2022World
Conservative Treehouse reported on this historic event.
The Canadian ‘Freedom Convoy’ of truckers, pushing back against COVID mandates, forced vaccinations and government regulations, began late last week and has gained incredible support from the public. It is very challenging to put the scale of this grassroots effort into an adequate context.
The fundraiser for the effort now exceeds $5.5 million dollars and still climbing. It is now estimated that over 50,000 vehicles are participating in the convoy effort, and the Canadian Dept of Transportation is doing everything possible to stop, block and impede the assemblies.
Yahoo News reported more on the caravan:
A convoy of truck drivers continued to travel across Canada on Wednesday, January 26, to protest “government mandates” including COVID-19 vaccine regulations for crossing the Canada-United States border, according to local news reports.
As of January 15, Canada has required truck drivers to be fully vaccinated or face a two-week quarantine period when crossing back into Canada from the US.
On January 22, the US Department of Homeland Security began requiring “non-US individuals” to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination when entering the country through land ports and ferry terminals at both the US-Mexico and US-Canada borders.
The truckers are being met with crowds of Canadians supporting them as they go.
“Freedom Convoy” Heads to Ottawa to Protest COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates
A group of Canadian truckers is making its way to the nation’s capital of Ottawa to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates affecting the trucking industry on both sides of the northern border.
Dubbed the “Freedom Convoy,” the large group of vehicles left Vancouver on Sunday and is expected to reach Ottawa by Jan. 29, Reuters reported.
Benjamin Dichter, spokesperson for the convoy, told the Toronto Sun that the protest is about lifting vaccine mandates for truckers at the Canadian-U.S. border and other issues relating to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including forcing drivers to wear masks in trucks.
As of Thursday afternoon, the Freedom Convoy 2022 GoFundMe had raised $6.1 million and the group’s Facebook page had amassed 213,108 followers.
Ottawa police estimate that there could be up to 2,000 protesters in the city this weekend, as truckers from eastern Canadian provinces and the United States are expected to join.
Noncompliance with government vaccine mandates on both sides of the northern border could result in some 20% of the 160,000 cross-border American and Canadian truckers being taken off the road, the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) estimates. The CTA said it does not support the truckers’ protest against the vaccine mandates.
“The Canadian Trucking Alliance does not support and strongly disapproves of any protests on public roadways, highways, and bridges,” the organization said in a statement. “CTA believes such actions — especially those that interfere with public safety — are not how disagreements with government policies should be expressed.”
Scheduled to pass through the greater Toronto area Thursday, the local organizer of the trucker convoy, Dave Steenburg, told the Toronto Star they are working closely with Ontario Provincial Police.
“Safety is a key priority as we pass through [Toronto],” Steenburg said. “Lanes will be left open for traffic to safely merge on and off the highway.”
Beginning Jan. 15, Canada required unvaccinated truckers crossing back into Canada to be tested for COVID-19, as well as undergo a 14-day quarantine period. The United States issued a similar mandate for its border as of Jan. 22.
According to the Star, several industry and business groups have been strongly lobbying against the mandate, including the country’s largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. CFIB President Dan Kelly told the Star on Wednesday that the vaccine mandate is creating supply shortages and driving up shipping costs.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the convoy Wednesday, CTV News reported.
“The small fringe minority of people who are on their way to Ottawa who are holding unacceptable views that they are expressing do not represent the views of Canadians who have been there for each other, who know of that following the science and stepping up to protect each other is the best way to continue to ensure our freedoms, our rights, our values, as a country,” Trudeau said.Related Stories:
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“In Canada we have one of the biggest revolutions happening. Right now there’s 50,000 truckers and 1.4M people headed to the parliament in Ottawa. And they’re going to stay there until Trudeau resigns, or they give us back all of our freedoms and rights.”
National strikes are essential in the pushback against these autocratic, dangerous edicts.