A TikTok video posted by Canadian journalist Marie Oakes yesterday shows an airplane view of the “Freedom Convoy 2022,” which is a Canadian trucker protest against Canada’s vaccine mandate on the trucking industry.
The mandate, which began on January 23rd, forces unvaccinated truckers to undergo a two-week quarantine and COVID-19 test before traveling into Canada from the U.S.
The text in the video states that the truckers are “between Whitewood and Moosomin, Saskatchewan, Canada,” which is less than a couple thousand miles away from their destination, Ottawa, Ontario. The trip began in Vancouver, which is approximately 4,000 miles away from Ottawa, the nation’s capital. The truckers are expected to reach Ottawa on Saturday, January 29th.
Canadians are not alone in the protest. Truckers in Maine are showing support as well. According to WMTW News, Daniel Clarke, a trucker from New York, made a stop in Maine and said, “You’re going to be out of work for two weeks just because you’re not vaccinated? They’re pushing people to get vaccinated.”
Due to the vaccine mandate, worries of further supply-chain disruptions and an increased labor shortage of truckers have surfaced. Truckers are responsible for more than two-thirds of all goods traded between Canada and the U.S.
Despite the worries, Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, has stated, “I regret that the Conservative Party and conservative politicians are fear-mongering to Canadians about the supply chain, but the reality is that vaccination is how we’re going to get through this.”
According to Trucking Info, Transportation Intermediaries Association President and CEO Anne Reinke said, “Americans are struggling with higher prices and scarce goods, at the grocery store, the gas pump, and diners across the country.” “One way to make this drastically worse overnight is to take tens of thousands of truck drivers and forbid them from entering the country, leaving countless amounts of essential freight at the doorstep of our country,” Reinke said.
The group created a GoFundMe to raise money for their cause. They have raised about $5.3 million to date, which is about $700,000 short of their goal of $6 million. Donations to their GoFundMe can be made here.
Watch the TikTok video here:
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