The Freedom Convoy is Proving Costly

As thousands of Canadian truckers block 3 US/Canadian borders in Montana, North Dakota, and Michigan, it is having a great effect on the trade, jobs, economy, and communities. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shown no sign of giving in to the trucker's minor demands on the release of certain covid restrictions, and on the contrary, stated he will do “whatever it takes” to crackdown on protesters. At ambassador bridge alone, the mayor of Windsor, Canada, Drew Dilkens, stated that there are about $400 million dollars a day that crosses through that border which is now being stopped. Major factories in both US and Canada are being forced to either stop or reduce production. This includes major automobile manufacturers like GM, Toyota, Ford Motor, and Chrysler.

While this movement is being coined the “Freedom Convoy”, the spokesman and VP of the protest, B.J. Dichter, told Breitbart News editor-in-chief Alex Marlow,

“That’s not how our system works,” he said, referring to democracy in Canada. “They serve the people. Not the other way around. I think they’re going to learn this harsh lesson and that’s going to take a little while.”

“Most of society has been locked in their homes and had their freedoms stripped from them for two years; that’s why it was so easy to motivate people to get out and do something,” he said.

While the movement is focused on the angle of reducing covid restrictions, predominantly masking mandates, and the need to show a vaccine passport to drive back into the country, it demonstrates an even greater message. That message is that the people are still united and will work together to create change. They are fed up with their democratic control and want to have a say in the country's legislation. This very rhetoric is not only happening in Canada, but beginning to unfold in countries around the world.

As for Canada's covid restrictions, the science and data show that both masks and vaccines do little to nothing in preventing the spread of COVID 19. However, that did not prevent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from making concerning comments of his stance on live television during the latter of this past year. In regards to individuals that are concerned about getting the vaccine, Trudeau said “They don’t believe in science/progress and are very often misogynistic and racist.” Later stating, “This leads us, as a leader and as a country, to make a choice: Do we tolerate these people?”

In light of all the activism, it comes as no surprise that the Adopt-a-Trucker campaign for the Freedom Convoy had raised over $8.5 million in support. However, Ontario province's attorney general brought an application in the Superior Court of Justice for an order "prohibiting any person from disposing of, or otherwise dealing with, in any manner whatsoever, any and all monetary donations made through the Freedom Convoy 2022 and Adopt-a-Trucker campaign pages on the GiveSendGo online fundraising platform.”

During an interview with Bill Maher, Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy made some valuable comments of his view on the matter.

“Look, I think it is about something more; if you think this is about vaccine mandates, or about white supremacy, you’re missing the point. And this isn’t a Left or Right issue. This is about an uprising of everyday citizens in democracies around the world. It’s not just Canada, it’s not the United States, it’s western Europe, too, rising against the biggest threat to actual democracy, which I think is the rise of this managerial class in democracies around the world that are crushing the will of everyday people through bureaucracies.” Ramaswamy continued,

“And it’s the same people, by the way, Bill, who staff corporate boards of directors, who end up as associate deans of universities, who then end up being appointed as diplomats abroad. These are the unelected class of leaders that ultimately, I think, are using their bureaucratic power to supplant the will of every day, not only Americans, but Canadians and western Europeans, too. And that’s why we’re seeing a fusion of both the Left and the Right here saying that actually, we want our voices heard. We want to be able to speak without fear of putting food on the dinner table. And you know what? The beautiful thing about a democracy is that so far, thank God, this has been a peaceful set of protests. I hope it says stays that way. That’s part of the messiness of democracy. That’s part of what makes it beautiful.”