Trucker Captures Tense Exchange With Border Agents as Canada’s New Mandate Begins
Windsor, ON — A Canadian trucker captured a tense exchange with border agents over the weekend as enforcement of the country’s new mandate took effect.
Enrique Klassen is a 39-year-old truck driver who lives in Leamington, ON, with his wife and four children.
He works cross-border hauling plastic molds on a flatbed.
In an exclusive interview with Transportation Nation Network (TNN), Klassen, who has been a professional driver for 15 years, said it is not unusual for him to cross into the U.S. and back to Canada two to three times each week.
However, his latest trip across the Windsor-Detroit border was unlike any other he has ever had before.
That’s because on Saturday, January 15, Canada began requiring cross-border truckers to provide proof of vaccination.
Unvaccinated Canadian drivers returning from the U.S. are required to quarantine for 14 days as well as to complete a testing protocol, while unvaccinated U.S. drivers seeking entry are being turned away.
The unvaccinated Klassen had an unforgettable encounter with Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officials and captured it all on video.
WATCH it below.
Klassen told TNN he was “pretty relaxed” when he approached the checkpoint.
“Are you vaccinated,” the agent asks.
“Are you my doctor,” Klassen replies.
“Well, if you’re not vaccinated then you have an exemption that you don’t need to be?” the agent queries.
“No, I do not,” Klassen answers back.
The video, which is edited for time purposes, then shows the agent request Klassen’s drivers license.
When Klassen refuses, the agent explains that since Klassen is unvaccinated he is going to have to be given a “quarantine plan.”
“In order to have a quarantine plan, I need an address where you will be quarantining,” the agent responds.
After Klassen again refuses to provide his drivers license, the agent informs him he will have to speak to his supervisor.
“Let me finish before we go back-and-forth,” the supervisor says. “You know what the requirements are, correct?”
Klassen presses the official on why he is enforcing the requirement.
“I have a job to do. You are driving the truck. You have a job to do,” the supervisor retorts. “I don’t care if you want to follow [the requirement] or not. You have to quarantine for 14 days.”
Klassen then tells the border official his job will soon “get worse” once the U.S. also imposes similar restrictions — which are scheduled to begin January 22.
“No problem. Let it be worse. We don’t get paid by the mile. We get paid by the hour. I’m salary. It doesn’t matter. Ok?” the supervisor says.
Klassen then hands the official his license while “under duress” with the promise he will “never” quarantine.
“Boss, listen, look at me. It doesn’t matter whether you quarantine or not,” the official states.
Klassen is then asked who lives at his address.
“That’s information you are not entitled to have!” he fires back.
He is then given paperwork outlining his quarantine plan which instructs him to report daily on his health status relating to signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
The official also gives Klassen two tests which he is instructed to take on days 1 and 8 of his quarantine.
According to Klassen, the paperwork provided to him orders that he report the results of those tests into the ArriveCAN app, which the Federal Government is requiring cross-border truckers to use in order to track their status.
However, Klassen told TNN he has no intention of complying.
“I’m going to keep on working because I have bills to pay and a family to feed,” he exclaimed. “Unless they pay my salary, I am going to work.”
Further, he questioned the motives of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other governmental leaders.
“It’s not about health and safety. If it was, I would respect that.”
Klassen plans to participate in an upcoming protest organized by a group of like-minded Canadian truckers and activists.
In what is being called the “Freedom Convoy 2022,” participants will begin a “slow roll” on January 23, which will traverse along multiple routes across the country with the plan to converge in Ottawa on January 28.
Click HERE for TNN’s exclusive reporting on the protest.
“If we do nothing it is only going to get worse,” Klassen warned.
TransportationNation.com will continue to follow new developments.