Canadian Trucking Alliance Condemns Truckers Planning Highway Protests
Ottawa, ON — The largest group representing trucking stakeholders in Canada is speaking out about truckers protesting the country’s draconian mandates.
On Wednesday, the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) issued a statement in response to planned “slow roll” protests against Canada’s COVID-19-related restrictions — which are gaining momentum among many within the trucking community and beyond.
“The CTA does not support and strongly disapproves of any protests on public roadways, highways and bridges,” the group said. “CTA believes such actions – especially those that interfere with public safety – are not how disagreement with government policies should be expressed.”
CTA, which has been a fierce critic of imposing vaccination, testing and quarantining policies on cross-border truckers, urged members of the trucking industry upset over the mandates to “hold an organized, lawful event on Parliament Hill and not disrupt the traveling public.”
Earlier this week, Transportation Nation Network (TNN) reported on support that’s building for a nationwide protest organized by a group of truckers and activists.
In only a few days, organizers of the demonstration dubbed the “Freedom Convoy 2022” have raised more than C$450,000 via a GoFundMe campaign to “help with the costs of fuel, food and lodgings.”
Despite recent social media chatter claiming the group plans to “lockdown Ottawa,” Freedom Convoy organizers told TNN on Wednesday they intend to only engage in lawful conduct.
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U.S. border officials are set to begin enforcing similar policies on truck drivers seeking entry into the country on Saturday, January 22.
So far, U.S. truckers have not organized any rallies or protests.
TransportationNation.com will continue to closely follow new developments.
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