Canada’s Freedom Convoy truckers have gained support not just all over Canada, but all over the U.S. as well. The latest move in the pressure campaign against Canada’s vaccine mandate for cross-border trucking is a blockade.
A portion of the Freedom Convoy has begun blocking the Alberta crossing, one of the busiest border crossings between the U.S. and Canada.
According to video and reports on social media, farmers have now joined parts of the convoy or the blockade, using massive farm tractors.
— Marie Oakes (@TheMarieOakes) February 2, 2022
Law Enforcement Involved
As the convoy in Alberta stretched for miles on Highway 4 across Alberta, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have called the blocking of the border crossing “unlawful.” They say they have made “extensive efforts” to negotiate with the truckers but stated, “While we thought we had a path to resolve this, the protesters chose not to comply.”
The RCMP also says that if need be, they are prepared to bring in “additional resources” in order to make arrests or tow trucks.
Video in a tweet dated Feb. 1 at 8:03 pm, shows the convoy – including farm tractors – breaking through police lines.
Canada’s Freedom Convoy breaks through police lines as the people cheer. pic.twitter.com/5qqkZsjygD
— Aaron Ginn (@aginnt) February 2, 2022
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Truckers Taking A Stand
The nationwide protest by Canadian truckers began when the liberal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a vaccine mandate for truckers crossing the U.S.-Canada border.
Benjamin Dichter, a spokesman for the protest, appeared with Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night. He said that, “Canada has gone from Justin Trudeau’s promises of sunny days into dark, authoritarian oppression and control.”
He also described a bit of technology the Canadian government is using. He told the story of approaching the border to return to Canada while driving his truck. He pulled up to the Border agent who would scan a code on his phone enabling him to cross the border as a citizen.
The Border agent informed Dichter that he did not need the code on Dichter’s phone. The GPS tracking on the phone had already alerted him that Dichter was on his way to the border.
Dichter asked the chilling question of what happens if or when this technology goes beyond the border.
Freedom Convoy spokesman Benjamin Dichter joins Tucker Carlson to discuss the huge trucker protest as it makes its way to Ottawa. pic.twitter.com/spwmLIpGmD
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) January 28, 2022
As the convoy arrived in the Canadian capital of Ottawa on Saturday, Justin Trudeau not only refused to communicate in any meaningful way with the truckers, but fled the city with his family, with the CBC reporting that a source cited “security concerns.”
He called those participating in the protests a “fringe minority” with “unacceptable views.”
You couldn’t find someone more out of touch with reality than @JustinTrudeau. Millions of Canadians standing in solidarity with hundreds of thousands of truckers standing on guard for thee, but to our PM, we are a “fringe minority” with “unacceptable views”. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/lCvDj9D7aF
— Jeremy Patzer (@JeremyPatzerMP) January 27, 2022
However, not all the residents of Ottawa were welcoming of the convoy.
WATCH: Man in Ottawa melts down over the honking from the freedom convoy.
— Election Wizard ???? (@ElectionWiz) February 2, 2022
In light of the cross-country protest, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has called for a halt to the quarantine regulations in both countries. And in Quebec, a plan to place a health tax on the unvaccinated has been abandoned. Quebec Premier Francois Legault stated that it would be “too divisive.”
The farmers come to the truckers’ aid in the Canada-U.S. border blockade.
A nothing-left-to-lose battle against gov mandates, it’s a standoff of a few hundred rural Canadians vs the full might of the state.
— Dakota Christensen (@dax_christensen) February 1, 2022