Trucking Group Speaks Out Against Trudeau’s ‘Tyrannical Inhumane Abuse’ of Truckers
Ottawa, ON — While most trucking associations in North America have either condemned the truckers leading Freedom Convoy or chosen not to comment at all, one group is speaking out.
Following a weeks-long historic protest in Canada’s capital city, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the never-before-used Emergencies Act effectively suspending the civil liberties of the protesters.
The authoritarian-style power grab gives the Federal Government extraordinary powers meant to defend against severe and imminent threats to the “sovereignty, security and territorial integrity” of the country that simply cannot be dealt with in any other way.
As a result, Mr. Trudeau’s government is now taking unprecedented actions such as seizing truckers’ rigs, revoking insurance, pressuring banks to freeze business and personal accounts, and suspending and/or cancelling Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR) certificates.
While the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) — Canada’s largest trucking group — praised the Prime Minister’s extreme treatment of protesting truckers, the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) is urging Parliament to reject the use of the Emergencies Act.
“The American small business trucking industry will not stand idly by while our trucker brothers to the North are abused in this fashion and their rights trampled on,” SBTC Executive Director James Lamb said. “We implore Parliament to terminate this inhumane abuse immediately and figure out another way to resolve this conflict.”
The SBTC serves 15,000 dues-paying truckers and motor carrier members throughout North America with approximately 500 located in Canada.
“Make no mistake… this is no longer about freedom to make medical decisions. This is now about government’s tyrannical use of emergency powers meant to deal with terrorists to quash dissent and inflict economic harm on individual protesters who are invoking their right to petition their government for redress of grievances,” Lamb continued. “Mr. Trudeau is essentially saying: ‘Shut up and do what I say or I will fine you, imprison you, and starve you and your children into submission by freezing your bank accounts.’ These are not the actions of an Honorable humane government.”
A vote in the House of Commons to revoke the use of the Emergencies Act is expected early this week.
The legislative body is comprised of 338 members consisting of 159 Liberals, 119 Conservatives, 32 Bloc Québécois members, 25 New Democratic Party members, two representing the Green Party, and one Independent.
A majority vote is needed to revoke the measure.
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