A truck driver’s “free convoy” rolling through the prairie on his way to protesting vaccination obligations in Ottawa


A large convoy of trucks heading to Ottawa to protest the Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Directive for truck drivers will pass through Alberta today and arrive at Regina this afternoon.

The Freedom Convoy 2022, which began on January 22 in northern British Columbia, arrived in Calgary late January 23. Convoy will continue to pass through the state on January 24th and will stop at Medicine Hat. , Swift Current, and Regina are on their way to their final destination in Ottawa.

The protest will take place after the federal government requires all truck drivers from the United States to Canada to certify vaccinations from January 15th.

If you want to avoid the two-week quarantine on your return to Canada, Canadian truck drivers must be fully vaccinated. US authorities have announced similar requirements from 22 January to non-US citizens across unvaccinated US, including non-US truck drivers.

Drivers from all over Canada are gathered under a group called Canada UnityA large-scale demonstration will be held in Ottawa on January 29th, with up to 10,000 vehicles participating.

In addition to the Western Canada route, two other routes will later join the convoy on a driver crossing the eastern provinces from Atlantic Canada and a southern route starting in Windsor, Ontario. Trucks gather in Ottawa, what Canada Unity calls the “bear hug” of the country’s capital.

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A large crowd gathers in Langley, British Columbia to show support for truck divers protesting the federal vaccine obligations for truck drivers arriving from the United States on January 23, 2022. (Jeff Sandes / The Epoch Times)

video According to a group post, a large number of supporters gathered at the Flying J truck stop in Calgary on the morning of January 24, and many said, “What do you want? Freedom!” A vehicle with a sign such as “Naru” was seen.

Of the group GoFundMe Campaign Launched on January 14th, it exceeded $ 3.4 million as of January 24th, with more than 45,000 donations, increasing every minute.

Experts have warned that Canada’s supply chain is already vulnerable due to the pandemic turmoil, and government vaccination obligations for cross-border truck drivers exacerbate the shortages found in grocery stores. ..

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) estimates that Mandate could see 10 to 15% of truck drivers off the road, or about 12,000 to 16,000, and does not support or strongly oppose the demonstration. Said that.

Sylvain Charlebois, Professor and Senior Director of Agri-Food Analytics Lab, Dalhousie University, said: I wrote on Twitter On January 24, higher logistics costs associated with the supply chain “catch up with consumers,” he said.

“And with fewer drivers, major buyers take precedence over smaller buyers. Many processors are needed to produce the food we buy every day, on both sides of the border. You’ll have a hard time getting the right ingredients, “he said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters when asked about the effects of inflation due to a shortage of truck drivers. At a press conference On January 24, the biggest risk to Canada’s supply chain is COVID-19, “the best way to keep the supply chain from breaking is to vaccinate everyone.”

Andrew Chen

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Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.