Freedom Convoy 2022 – Canadians Fight Back Against Covid Mandates

February 10, 2022 0 comments

By Paul Malvern

If there were a list of those country’s least likely to revolt, Canada would surely top the list. For it is in our very DNA to defer to authorities, shut up and do what we are told.

Part of this is due to our climate where winters are harsh and can last for up to 5 months. No one wants to riot in minus 30-degree weather.

Nor does our history encourage revolt since both English and French Canada were founded on explicitly anti-revolutionary principles. For example, having missed the French revolution, Quebec’s culture remained for a long time similar to that of France’s ancien rếgime. And English Canada, having been settled by refugees from the American Revolution, remained doggedly opposed to radical change until the 1960s. These habits of mind were confirmed by the British North America Act which emphasized “peace, order and good government” in contrast to America’s principles of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.

This tradition of strong governments and limited citizen input was given a decidedly left-wing flavour in English Canada by the current Prime Minister’s father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and in Quebec by the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s which transformed the province from an authoritarian state dominated by the Catholic Church into an authoritarian state dominated by an all-powerful provincial government.

So, it should come as no surprise that Canada has had some of the harshest Covid mandates in the world with next to no resistance from the population.

Even so, there is a point where the population of any nation decides that enough is enough – which is exactly what has happened in Canada.

Like most historic events, it is hard to identify the exact cause – particularly since there are so many outrages to choose from. One was the Quebec Government’s announcement that it would impose a special tax on the unvaccinated. Another was Prime Minister Trudeau’s attacks on the unvaccinated which were seen by many as an attempt to scapegoat people whose only crime was wanting to decide what medical treatment they would undergo. Then there were the calls to make vaccination compulsory – which appeared to violate the Nuremberg Code. And the clincher was Trudeau’s banning unvaccinated truckers entering Canada at a time when real worries existed as to the resilience of our supply chains.

The truckers’ response, Freedom Convoy 2022, has quickly morphed from a protest involving an industry-specific irritant into a national protest which seeks the elimination of all Covid mandates and the restoration of the freedoms lost during the pandemic.

To fully grasp the significance of this event it is important to recognize the difficulties faced by its organizers.

One is the sheer size of the event – which has made it the largest truck convoy in history. Organizers originally estimated that as many as 50,000 trucks might eventually join the convoy. While such a huge number of trucks did not materialize, the convoy nevertheless was enormous. For example, three days away from Ottawa, the convoy stretched 70 kms (43.5 miles) – with more trucks joining later on as it got closer to its final destination.

Then there are the vast distances to consider – as seen by the fact that trucks driving from Canada’s West Coast to Ottawa would have travelled over 4000 kms.

And then there is the fierce opposition to this grassroots movement by governments at all levels and the mainstream media which existed long before the convoy reached the Nation’s Capital.

The extent of this opposition is best illustrated by Prime Minister Trudeau’s comments to the media. Always keen to throw gasoline on a raging fire, he declared the truckers to be a small fringe minority who hold views that are unacceptable to Canadians. Not surprisingly, Trudeau’s remarks drew a number of angry responses – most notably that from renowned psychologist, Jordan Peterson, who declared that , “Every word he says is a lie. A nose as long as the trucker’s convoy”. Even so, Trudeau’s speaking points have been dutifully echoed by Canada’s media outlets which have condemned the convoy, smeared its organizers, and stirred up fears concerning the convoy, its aims and its participants. My favorite was the suggestion by the host on a CBC News program that Russia might somehow have had a hand in the protest. None of which is unexpected given the uncomfortably warm relationship between the PM and the media – a relationship that has grown even warmer following the Trudeau Government’s massive handouts to the media.

But while the powers-that-be may not approve of the convoy, the same cannot be said of many ordinary Canadians who have warmly greeted the protesters across the country, often standing for hours in sub-zero weather to cheer them on or offering them food and refreshments to speed them on their way. And yet others have flooded social media and newspaper comment sections with messages of support.

Nor has the impact of the convoy been limited to Canada. For there has been strong take up of the story by the U.S. media - with a spokesperson from the convoy being interviewed by Tucker Carlson. Even more striking was the warm endorsement of the convoy by billionaire Elon Musk. As well, truckers in Europe and Australia have taken note of the success of the event and have signalled their interest in mounting a similar effort. A similar convoy is being planned in the United States. And even truckers in Bolivia and Brazil have joined the movement.

So, is this the start of a Canadian revolution as some have suggested? Well, hardly, given the natural reserve of Canadians and the fact that the powers-that-be possess the full power of the state to enforce their will. But even so they are worried – as seen by Trudeau’s claim that he would be in isolation while the demonstrators were in the Nation’s Capital. His initial claim was that this was necessitated by his having been recently exposed to Covid. (A strange claim given that he is double-vaxxed and has received a booster!) In response to the scorn heaped upon this explanation, his story then changed – with his next fairy tale du jour being that his security people had demanded that he move to a more secure location to ensure his safety. Yes, democracy can be a scary thing!

As it turns out Trudeau and those around him do have a great deal to worry about. Not from rioting by the imaginary legions of hate-filled bigots he constantly tries to conjure up. But rather from a peaceful protest movement that has caught the imagination of a growing number of those Canadians who live outside the bubble Trudeau and his political and media allies inhabit – namely, those ordinary Canadians who have suffered horribly during the last two years of draconian restrictions. Worse yet from Trudeau’s perspective is the fact that this movement is no longer confined to just Ottawa as seen by similar demonstrations that have taken place in provincial capitals and the blockades that have shut down cross-border traffic in Southern Alberta and the Ontario border cities of Windsor and Sarnia.

But even more significant is the change which has occurred in the minds of many Canadians – particularly those who either oppose mandates or have doubts about the wisdom of giving away freedom for the illusion of safety. For they now know that they are not alone and have a power they never imagined existed.

Canadians are fighting back. And it looks good on them.

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