Widely condemned ‘Truckers For Freedom’ rally features Trudeau figure in a noose
The so-called #TruckersForFreedom convoy started off today with hundreds of semi-trucks leaving Vancouver and heading toward Ottawa with one demand: to remove the vaccine mandate for truckers crossing the southern border.
What remains to be seen is who these demands will be directed toward. Vague notions of “taking our fight to the doorsteps of Ottawa” and “tyrannical government” don’t count. Will they be talking to any politicians or will they simply be ignored?
Judging by his Twitter account, it sounds like they may be meeting Maxime Bernier – a former far-right MP who doesn’t hold a seat in Parliament.
The whole thing is entirely predictable. It’s the same signs, slogans, and conspiracies that we’ve heard over the past two years, except each rally features a convoy of semi-trucks passing through. The vaccines aren’t safe, covid is a hoax, fear is the real virus, and on and on.
One of the signs read “Truck Trudeau.” It’s at least a nice twist to the usual bumper sticker.
Also predictable: depictions of violence
It’s no secret this far into the pandemic that there are multiple links between the anti-vaccine movement and the far-right. Fascists have used the distrust sown by pandemic deniers to recruit people into their ranks. Even modern conservatism is past the point of flirting with conspiracism.
One thing that is all-to-common at these types of protests is depictions of (or actual) violence. Previously protesters threw rocks and gravel at Trudeau. This time, there was not 1 but 3 fake Justin Trudeau figures – in black face because of course – in a noose. For some reason, the fake Trudeau was also fitting with a hazmat suit.
All this right next to a lady with a cardboard sign with a heart on it. How charming.
What’s worse, is that the GoFundMe page for this convoy raised a whopping $2,975,660 as of January 23, 2022. It will probably pass $3 million soon. What will come of all this nonsense and wasted money? Not much, other than way too much fossil fuels being needlessly burned off into the atmosphere.
Here’s a list of the names of companies that donated over $2000 as listed on the GoFundMe page:
- Raymar Concrete Forming – $10,000
- Harwil Farms Mobile Feeds Ltd. – $5000
- Evans Trucking – $5000
- Families For Choice – $3000
- Bow Valley Partners in Grime Ltd – $2500
- Aurora Wind Feeds. LTD – $2500
- SRC Sales – $2000
- Access Equipment Capital Inc – $2000
There are also names of owners of the companies ESI Rail Ltd, Swamp Donkey Oilfield Services Inc., and Market Place Commodities Ltd. These names are all unconfirmed, although it’s a little suspicious that there are so many that show up on LinkedIn.
Condemned by Trucking Alliance
The Canadian Trucking Alliance is a “federation of provincial trucking associations” that represents trucking companies. “Contrary to popular belief the large majority of provincial member carriers are for the most part family-run small and medium-sized operations,” their website states. There are definitely financial interests at stake here.
The alliance released a statement condemning the convoy for disruption:
The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) does not support and strongly disapproves of any protests on public roadways, highways, and bridges. CTA believes such actions – especially those that interfere with public safety – are not how disagreements with government policies should be expressed. Members of the trucking industry who want to publicly express displeasure over government policies can choose to hold an organized, lawful event on Parliament Hill or contact their local MP. What is not acceptable is disrupting the motoring public on highways and commerce at the border.
What makes this protest all the more of a flop is that even if they achieve their goal of removing the vaccine mandate for truckers who cross the border, it doesn’t matter. The USA also has the same requirement, so they still won’t be able to cross the border.
Aside from needless greenhouse gas emissions, the only accomplishment of the convoy is further consolidation and recruitment of the far-right. Whatever your stance on vaccines or vaccine mandates, the growth of these far-right conspiracy movements and the inevitable violence that goes along with it should be alarming.