Truck Drivers Are on the Way to Canada’s Capital to Protest Vaccine Requirements - Modern Farmer

Truck Drivers Are on the Way to Canada’s Capital to Protest Vaccine Requirements

As tensions over vaccine requirements and supply chain issues rise, a group dubbed the “Freedom Convoy” is headed to protest in Ottawa.

Canadian truckers are upset over new vaccine and quarantine mandates.
Photography by Vitpho, Shutterstock.

This weekend, a group of truck drivers and supporters are expected to arrive in Ottawa, Canada’s capital. They’re making the cross-country trek from all parts of Canada, in a massive protest on wheels. 

Under the banner of a “Freedom Convoy,” some Canadian truck drivers are taking issue with a federal vaccine mandate, which would force them to quarantine and test for COVID-19 after crossing the border from the United States if they choose to remain unvaccinated. The mandate had already been in place for most Canadians for the past year, but truck drivers were previously exempted. That changed last week, and protests quickly followed. It’s unclear how many people will show up to protest in Ottawa.

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There have already been supply chain issues at grocery stores across Canada, with some stores missing 15 to 20 percent of their stock. The country is the sixth largest importer of food globally, with much of its produce, poultry and sugars coming from the US. During the cold winter months, Canada also imports plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables from countries such as Mexico, Chile and Brazil, most of which travels via truck or rail through the United States before arriving at the Canadian border. 

One message from the protesting truck drivers has been the impact on the country’s food supply. They say with more drivers off the road or unable to cross the border, supplies are going to get even tighter. However, as the head of one Canadian chain grocer told the media, supply chain issues are already starting to get better, with more product reappearing on shelves. Instead of not enough food, he says the convoy could result in higher prices for the food that does cross the border

Supply chain issues contributing to empty shelves in a Canadian grocery story. Photo by Emily Baron Cadloff

The convoy is set to converge on Saturday in Ottawa, where they will protest at Parliament Hill. The group has the support of several prominent politicians, including Andrew Scheer, the former leader of the opposition party. An online fundraiser for the truck drivers has raised more than $5 million, although there are reports that the funds have been frozen until there is a clear plan about how the cash will be doled out. The fundraiser was spearheaded by members of Canada’s Maverick Party, which advocates for the independence of the country’s western provinces.

The federal government has said it won’t be reversing its stance on mandatory quarantine for unvaccinated truck drivers, and the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has condemned the protests along highways and roads that have popped up along the convoy route. The CTA has also stated that the majority of its members are fully vaccinated, which follows the general population of the country. More than 77 percent of Canadians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and more than 83 percent have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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4 months ago

You clearly are using a provided script! This is about all vaccine mandates, the freedom to all Canadians and new immigrants as outlined in our constitution and a lot more. Many of the cars and trucks involved are people in support, the bridges and highways have supporters everywhere. People who feel the same but couldn’t see a voice due to censorship of the media, and organizations such as you shedding a poor light on a just cause!! Wake up and see all the people out there in freezing weather waving signs. Please your research and do the right thing, show… Read more »

3 months ago

So true Linda! A “group” of truckers and supporters? Try over 100kms of truckers and supporters driving to Ottawa from all over Canada. This convey is MASSIVE and is making history, with hardly any mainstream media coverage. Donations are up to 10 million$$ or more not counting food donations and more. This is not just a “group” of people!

3 months ago

what’s the website that you can follow the truckers..the group that raised over 6million dollars in like 48 hrs? Think Warroom pandemic on rumble are continuing updates. Its not hard to pick out media hacks when we see with our own eyes the support. NO ONE LOVES TYRRANY and we will not forget those media that back the destruction of our people. 60% increase in all cause death after the vaccines… who would choose to take this?