Tory lawmakers support tracker’s “free convoy” voice against vaccination obligations


Many conservative MPs used social media to express their support for truck drivers on their way to Ottawa in a cross-country fleet protesting the federal government’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccine.

Called the “Freedom Convoy 2022,” the car departed from northern British Columbia and was attended by truck drivers from all over Canada along the way.The group is rallying under the organization Canada UnityA large-scale demonstration will take place at the Capitol on January 29, and it is expected that thousands of trucks will gather in the capital.

Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan, Alb. Garnett Genuis, MP of the, said he stands with a truck driver who is essential to supply to Canadian grocery stores.

“When the driver is sitting alone in a taxi, and when the Omicron variants are already on both sides of the border, preventing people from bringing essentials to Canada for vaccination status is really It’s absurd height. ” He wrote on twitter January 22nd.

The convoy announced that the Canadian-US border cross-border truck driver, introduced on January 15, will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or will face two weeks of quarantine upon re-entry. Organized in response to the new mandatory rules. The US government has announced similar requirements from 22 January if unvaccinated non-US citizens, including Canadian truck drivers, travel to the country.

Andrew Scheer, former leader of the Conservative Party in Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, has blown up Justin Trudeau on social media for introducing a vaccination obligation to truck drivers.

“Trudeau has over-mandated vaccines, attacking individual liberty and threatening the ability of everyone to get food.” He wrote on twitter January 24th. “He is the greatest threat to Canada’s freedom.”

Scheer’s comments were supported by his colleagues Pierre Poirievre, MP of Carlton, Ontario, and Haldimand, Ontario-Representative Leslin Lewis of Norfolk.

“I’m proud of the tracker. Peaceful protests are the basis of our democracy.” Lewis tweeted January 25th. “Liberal missions are unscientific, persuasive, mean, and promote separation. People have a moral obligation to oppose unjustified laws and obligations.”

I’m in Ottawa waiting for a truck convoy on the way to the capital. Canada’s supply chain is important, and the restrictions that limit the mission and freedoms of the Trudeau Liberal Government are too long. It’s time to regain our freedom. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/LAl956dN0V

— Martin Shield (@MartinBowRiver) January 24, 2022

At a press conference On January 24, Trudeau touted the vaccine as “the best way to continue to prevent supply chain disruptions” when asked about the impact of the oncoming truck driver shortage on inflation. He added that 90 percent of Canadian truck drivers are fully vaccinated.

Federal Minister of Transport Omar Argebra also said On January 24, feeding the remaining unvaccinated truck drivers a jab “is actually a solution to a supply chain problem, not an obstacle,” he said.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), which accused the convoy of protests, has regularly vaccinated more than 85% of 120,000 Canadian truck drivers across the border, but up to 16,000 due to new restrictions. May be exempted. Chain problem.

In a joint announcement on Tuesday, the federal government and CTA President Stephen Raskowski acknowledged an “unprecedented challenge” to the sector that ships most of food and consumer products, but on the road to economic health. Emphasized vaccination as.

“Vaccines, medicines, personal protective equipment, food and fixtures continue to arrive where they are needed, thanks to the efforts of dedicated commercial truck drivers,” the release said.

“Both the Government of Canada and the Canadian Trucking Alliance have found that vaccination, used in combination with preventative public health measures, is the most effective way to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in Canadians and protect public health. I agree that it is a good tool. “

Supply chain concerns

As Canada’s supply chain remains vulnerable to pandemic turmoil and soaring inflation, some lawmakers have raised concerns that vaccine obligations exacerbate existing shortages.

Martin Shields, MP of Bow River, Alberta, said on social media that truck drivers who do not want to be vaccinated should be exempted, such as by using rapid testing. He said he would like to meet the truck driver when they arrived in the capital later this week.

“In our industry, it’s important to carry supplies from north to south across national borders. It’s important to have food in our stores, and for many other things we have to do. [keep] Shield said in a video posted on his Twitter page on January 24th.

“We need to support those people and essential services [permit] As is done in other industries, there are exceptions and you can get what you need. “

Truck drivers head to Ottawa from three directions: east, west, and south. Truck drivers from the west coast will depart on January 22nd, and truck drivers from the eastern and southern regions will collide with the road on January 27th. Canada Unity website..

On January 25, the western flank was expected to pass Saskatchewan and arrive in Kenora, Ontario later that night.

Several local parliamentarians along the route have also expressed support for convoys, including Saskatoon-Glasswood. MP Kevin War And Jeremy Patzer, Cypress Hills-Grassland MP.

A large crowd of swift currents for a convoy to Ottawa. pic.twitter.com/HJ7bKXH2xe

— Jeremy Patzer (@JeremyPatzerMP) January 25, 2022

Melissa Lantzman, MP of Thornhill, Ontario, added that many grocery stores have reported “exacerbation of supply problems” since the vaccine obligation came into effect, and gave Ottawa a “duty” for truck drivers. I urged him to reverse. “

“Lack of action in the supply chain will standardize on empty shelves,” she says. Said on twitter January 22nd.

Marilyn GraduThe MP in Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario, said the vaccine passport “does nothing” because vaccinated people can still be infected with COVID-19.

Saskatchewan Prime Minister Scott Moe said the Liberal government’s mandatory vaccines for truck drivers are “unnecessary” and “certainly have a significant impact” on Canadians.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole At first refused to say When asked about some of his MP’s open support for the convoy, whether he meets the truck driver when they arrive in Ottawa During a press conference on January 24

Outur said later In a CTV interview “I will continue to meet truck drivers and the industry from this week to the weekend,” he said.

Canada Unity GoFundMe On January 14th, it helped the convoy with food, fuel and accommodation, earning more than $ 4.5 million as of January 25th.

On January 25, GoFundMe frozen access to the funds and asked the organizers how the funds were being distributed to protect the donors.

GoFundMe told The Epoch Times by email that the Freedom Convoy fundraiser “is still accepting donations live” as of January 25th.

Canadian Press contributed to this report.

Andrew Chen

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Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.