Trudeau Denounces Freedom Convoy as ‘Small Fringe’ With ‘Unacceptable Views’
Freedom Convoy Responds to Trudeau With List of Demands, Organizers Say ‘Truly Sorry’ Supply Chain Could Worsen
Ottawa, ON — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pushing back on thousands of truckers and concerned citizens participating in an unprecedented protest.
As the Freedom Convoy 2022 continued making its way across the country on Wednesday, Mr. Trudeau dismissed the participants as a “small fringe” and denounced their views as “unacceptable.”
“The small fringe minority of people who are on their way to Ottawa are holding unacceptable views that they’re expressing, do not represent the views of Canadians who have been there for each other who know that following the science and stepping up to protect each other is the best way to continue to ensure our freedoms, rights, and values as a country,” he said.
WATCH more of Prime Minister Trudeau’s remarks below.
Earlier this week the Prime Minister seemed to blame unvaccinated truckers and the Conservative Party for the anxiety many are feeling about the ongoing supply chain crisis.
“Almost 90% of truckers in Canada are already vaccinated, and the best way to continue to prevent supply chain disruptions is to ensure that everyone gets vaccinated,” he said at a press conference on Monday. “I regret the Conservative Party and Conservative politicians are fearmongering to Canadians about the supply chain, but the reality is vaccination is how we’re going to get through this.”
Transportation Nation Network (TNN) first broke the story in the United States about the Freedom Convoy early last week and it has since grown into an event of international importance.
The nationwide protest is being led by truckers in opposition to Canada’s draconian COVID-19-related lockdowns, mandates, restrictions and vaccination requirements and has quickly become an event of historical significance already surpassing the longest documented truck convoy in world history.
Since TNN first reported the story, organizers have raised more than C$5 million and gained hundreds of thousands of supporters.
Organizers tell TNN the convoy will arrive in Ottawa on Saturday, January 29, to demonstrate on Parliament Hill.
Participants intend to remain in the nation’s capital until Trudeau and governmental leaders agree to drop the restrictions.
Organizer of a recent border protest, Rick Wall, owner of Richland Transport in Reinfeld, MB, told TNN he believes the protest will be effective.
“I honestly feel the government will retract and end all mandates not just for the truck drivers,” Wall told TNN. “The trucking industry is the last line of defense for Canadians to get our freedoms back. If we stop, the world stops. They should have known better than to mess with the trucking industry.”