Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
Truck drivers have kept our supermarkets stocked & hospitals supplied during this pandemic. The Canadian government is now threatening their jobs.
Many Canadians have had enough. They’re done with ever-tightening restrictions. With vaccine mandates. With being treated like inmates rather than citizens.
Canada’s economy is intrinsically linked to America. Every day, tens of thousands of truckers cross the border between our two nations. Instead of shipping goods internally within a country that’s thousands of miles wide, it often makes sense to sell and acquire goods from across the border, instead.
For the past two years, truckers have kept our supermarket shelves stocked, our hospitals supplied, and our petrol stations open. Early on, our Prime Minister encouraged everyone to ‘thank a trucker.’ Those drivers could have hid in their homes behind laptops the way large numbers of government employees did. Instead they suited up, buckled up, and got the job done.
Canada’s federal government is now rewarding these people by threatening their jobs. Truckers who’ve declined to be vaccinated are no longer permitted to cross the border.
These people spend the vast majority of their time alone in their vehicles. Even paperwork gets competed electronically these days, with no physical contact. Truckers aren’t tourists. They’re either sleeping or driving. There’s no evidence whatsoever that they spread COVID.
Even if there was, the head of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) admitted a full five months ago that the vaccines don’t stop transmission. Some of the most highly vaccinated countries in the world are, at the moment, experiencing record numbers of infections – the exact opposite of what was supposed to happen.
Vaccinating every last trucker won’t accomplish a thing. Which is one of the reasons they’re rebelling. Tens of thousands of them are currently on the move, streaming across this vast country. The plan is to converge on Ottawa, the nation’s capital, from multiple directions this Saturday, January 29th. They say they intend to remain there until the Prime Minister resigns or vaccine mandates are scrapped.
Patriotic Canadians have a tradition of standing on highway overpasses to show respect when the bodies of fallen soldiers return home. Folks are now expressing their support for the truckers in this same manner, despite frigid outdoor temperatures. As I write this, it’s -17C in Ottawa (1 degree F), and an ‘extreme cold warning’ has been issued.
Mainstream media outlets (which take government money) are busy smearing these truckers as far-right, misogynist, white supremacist extremists. CTV News tells us experts are worried some of the language ordinary people use when talking about these matters could be dangerous:
This is the identical playbook the media used during the earliest days of the pandemic. Anyone wondering whether self-quarantine might be a sensible precaution following a trip to China was accused of anti-Asian racism:
In January 2020 John Tory, the mayor of Toronto, assured us that since our “health care professionals” believed the virus wasn’t a concern, the important issue was “Standing with our Chinese community against stigmatization and discrimination.”
Journalists and politicians have an enormous problem. They think their own perspective is the only perspective worth considering. Their automatic, knee-jerk reaction whenever they encounter an alternative point-of-view isn’t respect, curiosity, or humility. It’s dismissal. Marginalization. Demonization.
The video at the top of this post has a playful, rally-the-troops message. It rewrites the words of a well-known song and includes early images from the trucker protest. When I watched it for the first time yesterday, it lifted my spirits and made me feel proud to be a Canadian again.
There’s lots of uncensored video on Rumble.com and on Telegram channels such as:
British Columbia: https://t.me/CanadaSpeakFreely_BC
New Brunswick: https://t.me/CanadaSpeakFreely_NB
Nova Scotia: https://t.me/CanadaSpeakFreely_NS
Prince Edward Island: https://t.me/CanadaSpeakFreelyPEI
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