Canadian Truckers in Freedom Convoy Dismissed as ‘Fringe Minority’ with ‘Unacceptable Views’ by PM Trudeau
GoFundMe freezes $4.7 million from trucker convoy campaign, saying it wants “a plan”.
I recently reported that hundreds of Canadian truckers rolled out of Metro Vancouver on a cross-country convoy to the nation’s capital of Ottawa to protest the nation’s vaccine mandate for truck drivers.
The Freedom Convoy is now reported to be the largest truck-based rally in history.
“It’s 70 km long,” said Benjamin Dichter, spokesman for the Freedom Convoy 2022. “I have seen footage from an airplane. It’s impressive.”
…“The largest parade of trucks consisted of 480 trucks and is achieved by Tahya Misr Fund (Egypt), in Cairo, Egypt, on 20 November 2020,” Guinness says on its website. “With a length of 7.5 km, Tahya Misr Fund was able to organize a parade of 480 trucks, amid the harsh weather and heavy rain, breaking the Guinness World Records title for the largest parade of trucks, which was achieved 16 years ago in the Netherlands with a parade size of 416 trucks.
There are estimates the Canadian convoy could comprise 50,000 trucks from the West, East, and even from the United States. It’s difficult to speculate what will transpire in the days ahead.
It appears that the movement is gaining in popularity, especially after experiencing the heavy hand of big government.
Those supporting the convoy, for their part, say their coalition is not against vaccination, but that they oppose mandates and view them as a part of a larger trend of government overreach that has seemed to become more common during the pandemic.
One long-haul trucker, Winnipeg’s Sunny Matharu, was driving his truck through Alberta on Monday toward Calgary when he came across a few protesters holding up signs along the road in support of the convoy that was snaking its way across the snowy province.
Matharu said that while he’s vaccinated, some of his fellow long-haul truckers didn’t want to be and have threatened to permanently relocate to the United States if the trucking vaccine mandate isn’t rescinded by the federal government.
“During the peak time of COVID, when COVID started, the truckers travelled all over,” he said. “Why didn’t they talk (about a vaccine mandate) that time? Because there was a need at the time and they wanted to use truckers? Wasn’t their life valuable that time?”
Drone view of the freedom trucker convoy in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
The convoy is making it’s way to Ottawa to protest mandates and restrictions in the country.#FreedomConvoy2022 @BezirganMocha pic.twitter.com/LfDsmEi6A8
— Marie Oakes (@TheMarieOakes) January 26, 2022
They got a verbal, back-handed slap by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who called the truckers “a fringe movement” with “unacceptable views”.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is decrying the “fringe” views among some of those who are supporting the trucker convoy making its way to Parliament Hill to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other policies they feel infringe on their freedoms.
“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 Wednesday.
Answering questions about the coming protest on Parliament Hill, Trudeau said that Canadians who have stepped up to “do the right thing,” by getting vaccinated are the ones protecting “the freedoms and the rights of Canadians to get back to the things we love to do.”
NEW – Trudeau says the "small fringe" trucker convoy on the way to Ottawa does "not represent the views of Canadians."pic.twitter.com/IBOM3ju0yR
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) January 26, 2022
The truckers are also being slapped around by Big Tech, as GoFundMe has frozen access to more than $4.7 million in funds raised by the truckers.
“We require that fundraisers be transparent about the flow of funds and have a clear plan for how those funds will be spent. In this case, we are in touch with the organizer to verify that information,” Rachel Hollis, a spokeswoman for the crowdfunding platform, said in an email.
“Funds will be safely held until the organizer is able to provide the documentation to our team about how funds will be properly distributed.”
As of Tuesday afternoon, funds were raised from 61,100 donors, according to the GoFundMe page of the “Freedom Convoy.”
CANADA – The longest Convoy in the world. Truckers make their way with
Supporters lining the way, cheering from bridges, delivering food, drinks and buying fuel.
Trudeau has a problem here, a big one.#TruckersForFreedom #COVID19
— Bernie's Tweets (@BernieSpofforth) January 26, 2022
A chill wind is blowing from Canada, and it isn’t part of any Arctic Express.
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Let the truckers turn off their trucks for a couple of weeks and that will change the perspective.
A 45-mile-long convoy of truckers? That’s a hell of a fringe.
What keeps this buffoon Trudeau in office? Montreal? Calling your truckers who make the supply chain happen the “fringe” seems unusually brain dead to me.
And after I posted that comment I saw last night a new estimate: over 60 miles.
What keeps him in office is the Canadian multi-party election/coalition process. Enough people run that the vote gets split, and he wins on a mere plurality.
This effete fop had better learn to respect truckers. Everything gets to where it is by truck.
A lot goes by train but trucks carry consumer goods the final mile
Why people use gofundme is beyond me
They are a left wing liberal organization and NOT our friends
Same reason people still use facebook/twitter.
I just dropped them a note. I suspect they haven’t been following the US freedom community as closely as those of us in it do, and weren’t aware of the details. I mean, say “Coca Cola” to anyone outside the USA, and chances are that “woke racist assholes” won’t be within the top 10 reactions.
Is there an alternative to gofundme?
GiveSendGo. They also don’t take a cut of your donations.
Maverick Party responded to me:
“Everything was sorted out with GoFundMe and we’ve heard they’ve begun distributing funds.”
Beta males handed high office often are the worst tyrants.
Just look at Obama and Biden.
It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.
I hope they get some nice pro bono representation. I’d imagine there’s a ton of precedent of gofundme not witholding funds for “a plan” from liberal causes and orgs.
Democracy is not viable without demos-cracy.
Tyrants who have never faced effective opposition before tend to OVERreact. I am having this funny feeling that the government of Canuckistan is going to panic and order their Coercive Organs of State Power to use deadly force to stop them. And the dance may be on. This may turn into a dress rehearsal for what happens in a Leftist urban area that finds itself blockaded.
Which is why 1/6 must be crushed. The Left has had to buy their grassroots… Trump’s came willingly. We are talking millions who who could be rallied to oppose the Nancy/Chucky/Brandon show. For a nation prepared to withstand a full scale nuclear attack and not lose chain of command and control of governmental function, the 1/6/21 march could never rank as anything close to “toppling the government”.
Junior Soy Boi Premier is skating on thin ice.
Guy running a channel YouTube called ‘Bonehead Truckers’ did a episode on the Canadian truckers. Some of the comments seemed to indicate using the Canadian military was considered but the military was extremely reluctant to intervene.
I’ve also gathered the populace in the Western provinces are very close to rebellion, closer than US folks are.
Fringe?? Truckers make a heck of a “fringe” group since they are super crucial to dinner and everything else.
Everything we consume (except natural gas and water) travels by truck multiple times before it gets to us. This is why US President Biden’s actions restricting petroleum production have been so inflationary. Most products have traveled by truck five to seven times (including the ingredient stage) by the time the item gets to the local store.
Most people have almost nothing in the way of food storage. If our grocery stores quick getting shipments Trudeau will learn the nation is nine meals from anarchy.
Which will happen when, Mr. Trudeau? Previous “if we get to this level of vaccination” plans have been surpassed and ignored. The real answer is “never”.
s/plans/promises/ — that’s the real condemnation here.
Little Fidel for sure….not just in looks anymore. His inner Castro is showing…
Fringe??? maybe trudeau’s coattails are fringed, this is definitely not
Many of the trucker are vaxed, it’s infringement on freedoms that has pizzed these guys/ladies off….
and just out of the blue trudeau tested negative for covid but he is self isolating just in time to miss the arrival of the convoy.
The political class in Canada (and many other countries) are a fringe minority with unacceptable views. Whichever gang of them wins elections, the tyranny continues and grows (though sometimes in different ways).
If an election is called for later this year we can hope Canadian voters will be smarter than last time and kick Trudeau to the curb..
I visited the Canadian Rockies in Oct. of 2019, I think they were just weeks away from an election….could have been a recall.
Trudeau is a wussy on his best day. And like a little 8 year old girl he enjoys dressing up.
The tragedy is Canadian voters actually agree with him.
“unacceptable views”? What, do they drive in blackface?