Trucks blocking Canada, chaos is just beginning

2022-05-14 0 By

In February, truckers in Canada staged an increasingly violent protest against the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination measures, triggering a state of emergency in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, and blocking trade arteries at the US-Canada land border, affecting the production activities of many companies.Drivers attach signs to trucks in Delta, British Columbia, Canada, On January 23, 2022.”Freedom caravan” demonstrations spread across the country and continued to spill over.Several convoys of American truckers have announced nationwide protests early next month.In addition, Wellington, New Zealand, Canberra, Australia also broke out similar protests.How did the truckers’ protests gain so much traction in such a short time?And who’s taking the opportunity to heckle?Article | ceramic short house Brigade and scholars to edit | Ding Guizi Outlook, a think-tank, lookout, a think-tank, original articles, this article for reprint please indicate the source before wen (zhczyj), a think-tank outlook and author information, otherwise will strictly shall be investigated for legal responsibility.Where did the siege “fire” start?In early 2022, the novel coronavirus variant omicron strain set off a new outbreak in Canada.Canada’s federal government and provinces have tightened quarantine measures, particularly vaccination passes at borders and in public places.A protest convoy blocks a road in Ottawa, Canada, On January 30, 2022.Canada’s commodity and material supply relies heavily on highway truck transportation, especially the truck logistics on both sides of the BORDER between the United States and Canada.The latest restrictions “stuck” a large number of truck drivers without vaccine permits, from dock loading and unloading to storage, the entire logistics industry into a “big jam”, affecting the supply of goods and materials around the region.The Canadian Trucking Association (CTA) says this could force 16,000 cross-border trucking drivers out of business.Some truckers rallied to the capital Ottawa to block the gates in protest, starting the Freedom Convoy movement.On January 9, the first “freedom motorcade” set off from the Greater Vancouver metropolitan area in The western Province of British Columbia on its way to the Canadian capital.Thousands of miles from Ottawa, it is the epicenter of a logistics “gridlock.”Along the way, the motorcade continued to demonstrate, arrived in downtown Ottawa on the 29th.Later, rallies from all over the country came to participate in the protests.As of February 8, 418 trucks were stranded in downtown Ottawa, said Steve Bell, Ottawa’s deputy police chief.In addition to Ottawa, the freedom Convoy also launched truck sieges of various sizes in Toronto, Montreal and other places.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and members of the federal government tried to compare “truck siege” to “anti-vaccine people” and make it clear that “no negotiation, no compromise”.The Freedom convoy protesters argued that they were angry at the impact of the government’s “overly harsh” quarantine measures on the livelihood of the industry.Some experts pointed out that the initial “freedom convoy” demonstration can be seen as the logistics storage industry to the industry crisis.But the outpouring of emotion has resonated across society because of the protracted nature of the epidemic and public fatigue with the measures.Many disgruntled social groups, including anti-vaccine groups, took the opportunity to chant “Down with Trudeau.”At the same time, the protesters, who have been camped out in downtown Ottawa for a long time, are trying to gain a foothold in the political battle with provocative slogans such as “Down with Trudeau” and “down with the cabinet”, seeking a strong arm and a bright future for themselves.It is this kind of subtle mutual borrowing, just let this “truck siege” for a long time, difficult to see the period.An online fundraising platform has raised nearly $8 million for Canada’s fractured Freedom Caravan in response to widespread understanding and sympathy for its first week of demonstrations.On January 29, when the Freedom Convoy set up camp in the Red Zone around RCGT Park in eastern Ottawa, residents brought fuel, food and camping supplies to the drivers.A protest motorcade fills a road in downtown Ottawa, Canada, On January 30, 2022.But as the demonstrations spread, the “Freedom caravan” in downtown Ottawa day after day honking horns, blocking roads, Shouting slogans, choking fumes, shortages of supplies and the deterioration of security Ottawa citizens gradually unbearable, trying to “drive away passengers.”Of course, the protesters were not willing to retreat, and they intensified the intensity and intensity of the demonstration in order to counter the citizens. As a result, the citizens’ antipathy against the “freedom convoy” was further intensified.The “Freedom caravan” movement has intensified the already existing dualism in Canadian society.A recent survey by Leger, a Canadian polling agency, showed that 65% of respondents thought the truck siege was a case of a minority of Canadians putting their own interests ahead of the interests of the whole nation, and more than half thought the demonstration was “scary” and “reminiscent of the US attack on the Parliament Building”.But 44 percent also said they “sympathized with the demonstrators,” while 32 percent supported the demonstrations.In terms of age distribution, those aged 18-34 are most likely to support the demonstration, while those aged 55 and above are most likely to oppose it.In terms of regional distribution, support for the demonstration was highest in Alberta (40 percent) and opposition was highest in British Columbia (65 percent).Andrew Enns, executive vice president of Legg, said Canadians were deeply divided on truck siege.The protesters capitalised on the unrest, making it more than just the grievances of a few.What began as a demand for an end to compulsory vaccination for truck drivers has morphed into a protest against the government’s vaccination measures as the “freedom caravan” protests have spread across the country.Enns attributed the higher than expected protest support to widespread epidemic fatigue.On February 8, the Toronto Star published a signed article by Kevin Lynch, a member of Canada’s Federal Privy Council and vice-chairman of BMO, and Paul Deegan, a senior official at CN Rail.Harshly criticized Canadian governments at all levels for their poor response to the demonstrations.Protesters warm themselves by a fire in Ottawa, Canada, On February 9, 2022.The article pointed out that when the Freedom Convoy tried to enter Ottawa in late January, the authorities hastily allowed it to set up camp in RCGT Park.The government’s intention was to “keep the trouble within a permissible zone”, but it made it objectively easy for so many trucks to enter and stay in the city centre for so long.The government’s first response to rising public discontent was to engage in public relations rather than try to calm it.”But this is no longer a pr crisis, it’s a policing issue, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is not just for demonstrators.”The article criticized all levels of government for ignoring the role of social media and the public’s weariness with long-term quarantine restrictions, allowing protest organizers to play into their hands.Initially, Trudeau’s government underestimated the power of the Freedom Convoy and tried to solve the problem by “demonizing” and “marginalizing” its opponents.And he himself, in his customary “silent” manner, avoided direct pronouncements for fear of endangering the newly rebuilt federal government.As the crisis widened, Canadian governments at all levels significantly stepped up their response.Since Feb. 5, Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly has tried to cut off outside support for the Convoy and has used police to raid its encampment.On May 6, 257 Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were approved to support Ottawa police.Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson declared a state of emergency in the city after securing federal support.Ottawa’s city Council called for taxes to be collected from protesters stranded in the city after Ontario’s Supreme Court imposed a 10-day ban on honking on city streets.Mayor Watson also wrote to Mr. Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, asking for more police as soon as possible and calling on federal and provincial governments to step in.As of Monday, 22 people had been arrested and more than 1,300 fines issued.At the same time, the federal government has moved from behind the scenes to the front.On The evening of July 7, Trudeau faced the questioning of Jagmeet Singh, leader of the opposition United New Democratic Party (NDP), during an emergency debate in the Lower House of the Union on Capitol Hill.In the face of pressure from all sides, he promised “no evasion, no prevaricating” and would “responsibly meet local requests for assistance”, while tweaking his hard-line tone by admitting that “everyone is tired of the epidemic and the response, but protests are not the way to get through the crisis”.On the same day, Canada’s federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra, Federal Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair, Federal Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino and other relevant cabinet officials attended the emergency debate and press conference in the Federal House of Commons.In the face of media cameras and concerns at provincial and municipal levels, ministers stressed that citizens should not be held hostage, but refused to use more federal authority.Instead of a limited police presence, they want to shift responsibility and risk to local authorities.The best thing, they suggested, would be for Ontario’s Transportation authority to tighten regulation of trucking and freeze licences and car insurance for those involved in the protests.4 Who is taking this opportunity to heckle?The United States is also involved in the truckers’ protest in Canada.Former President Donald Trump was quick to express support for the “righteous truckers”;Ben Shapiro and Michael Flynn, representatives of the U.S. right wing, also posted messages of support.Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene threatened to “legalize” the online fundraising platform after it announced it would stop fundraising for Freedom Motorcade.Ted Cruz, a Texas senator, and Tucker Carlson, a Fox News host, praised Canadian truckers as “heroes.”Inspired by some politicians and the media, protests have spread from Canada to the United States.A trucker movement known as People’s Convoy will rally in Indio, Calif., on March 4 and travel to Washington to protest, organizers said.As for Canada’s main opposition parties, although they intend to use the “freedom convoy” to shake the ruling base of Trudeau, due to the demands of protesters, public sentiment and the complexity of the party, it is difficult to “leverage”.Although the federal Conservative Party is more supportive of “anti-vaccine”, its core support group is big business, and it is difficult to support the “freedom convoy” trade union movement.The Federal New Democracy Party (NDP), despite its strong union roots, favours stricter quarantine measures than the ruling Federal Liberal Party (FDP).Arguably, the Freedom caravan itself is divided, and the two main opposition parties are doomed to fall in line.The first to say “no” in the face of a protracted “truck siege” were indigenous groups.Bobby Cameron, head of Saskatchewan Aboriginal group Sovereign Nations Coalition (FSIN), said the Freedom Motorcade action was an insult to and a persecution of the great efforts of the aboriginal community to prevent the disease.In addition, there is also the view that the government and police were quick to respond to the previous indigenous rights demonstrations, but were unable to confront the freedom convoy, indicating a double standard.Delays in government response mean more depletion of social resources.According to an analysis by Global News TV, the cost of responding to Ottawa’s request to increase the number of police officers to 1,800 in response to the “truck siege” would rise from C $800,000 to C $2.5 million a day.This, of course, will be passed on to Canadians suffering from soaring taxes and prices.Coot welfare Coot’s book giveaway is always here!Get books for Ku Shu to provide 25 copies of “variables: The Movement of a Great Power” to avid readers.Record the changes in China for 30 years and look for small trends in slow variables.He Fan, a renowned economist, measured 9.6 million square kilometers of China’s land with his feet and offered unexpected new solutions to issues such as individual choice, rural 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