It’s hard to overstate the import of the Freedom Convoy that on Saturday arrived at Canada’s capital city, Ottawa.
After six days spent crossing Canada, a convoy that began as a protest against mandatory vaccination for truckers who travel to the United States was expected to arrive in Ottawa late Saturday afternoon, with its members and supporters airing a wide array of grievances.
The loosely organized “Freedom Rally” or “Freedom Convoy” of trucks and private vehicles had set off from British Columbia, and ebbed and flowed in size on the way to the capital, where the police braced for an unpredictable weekend of protests. In recent days, the convoy was joined by other, smaller groups from south and east of Ottawa as well as the national capital region itself.
The movement has attracted people opposed to all pandemic restrictions, others who want Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to step down and some who simply dislike government.
On Friday, Chief Peter Sloly of the Ottawa Police Service declined to say how many protesters the force expected to converge on Parliament Hill. His department said that they were coming to the capital in eight different streams.
“The demonstrations this weekend will be unique, fluid, risky and significant,” he said at a news conference.
I have been following the convoy’s progress since early last week. Perhaps the best analysis comes from Neil Oliver, a Scottish television presenter, author, and presenter of several documentary series on archaeology and history.
After reviewing the content of fan letters, which discuss people opting to move from their homes to get away from vaccine dictates, Oliver poetically notes just how “one world” the globalized society has become. He brilliantly segues into the discussion of the Freedom Convoy and opines that he wishes he now was a Canadian trucker.
Neil Oliver: I stand firmly with the Canadian pilgrims in their trucks pic.twitter.com/d3S6EmO5fy
— GB News (@GBNEWS) January 29, 2022
After watching that video, I wanted to paint my face blue, don a kilt, yell “Freedom!”, load up my CRV, and head North.
Everyone who no longer wants to sacrifice individual liberties and personal choice on the altar of misguided pandemic response is a Canadian trucker now.
Except the “elites.” They are not handling the influx of regular citizens demanding their God-given rights terribly well. CBC host Nil Koksal blamed the Russians for the historic convoy while speaking with the Canadian Minister of Public Safety, Marco Mendicino.
“I do ask that because given Canada’s support of Ukraine, in this current crisis with Russia, I don’t know if it’s far fetched to ask but there is concern that Russian actors could be continuing to fuel things, as this as this protest grows, but perhaps even instigating it from from the outset.”
— True North (@TrueNorthCentre) January 29, 2022
Where is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the midst of this celebration of personal freedoms? Citing security concerns, Trudeau and his family are reported to have left Ottawa for a secret location. Of course, the rally has turned out to be peaceful.
Canada’s Prime Minister and his family have left their Ottawa home amid security concerns as demonstrators marched up and down the streets in front Justin Trudeau’s office waving flags- including the Canadian flag, the Quebec flag and American flag- to rally against the vaccine mandates for truck drivers crossing the Canada-U.S. border.
Trudeau’s office has not commented on the Prime Minister’s location for security reasons and the Canadian Parliament’s Sergeant-at-Arms has warned that demonstrators could show up at the homes of officials, CBC News reported.
The prime minister’s office told the Ottawa Citizen that Trudeau was continuing to ‘isolate in the National Capital Region and work remotely.’
Despite security concerns, there have been no incidents at the rally, Ottawa Police said in a tweet.
— Keean Bexte (@TheRealKeean) January 29, 2022
Looking at the footage, it appears Trudeau missed quite the celebration. It also appears the Canadians didn’t allow infiltrators to taint this important demonstration.DONATE
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