KAWARTHA LAKES-The big rigs will be rolling into Peterborough early Saturday morning on their way to Ottawa as part of the Freedom Convoy 2022.
Residents lined up along the highway and on overpasses as the convoy headed toward Ottawa.
The truckers are protesting vaccine mandates after the Federal government essentially made vaccination mandatory for truckers crossing the border to the United States. As of Jan. 15 Canadian truck drivers and other individuals entering the country who aren’t fully vaccinated must get a PCR test outside of Canada within 72 hours of planned entry and adhere to a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.
More than 50,000 truckers and over a million people are expected to attend the rally on January 29th at Capitol Hill in Ottawa. Organizers say the group will not leave until all mandates are dropped.
“We are a peaceful country that has helped protect nations across the globe from tyrannical governments who oppressed their people, and now it seems it is happening here. We are taking our fight to the doorsteps of our Federal Government and demanding that they cease all mandates against its people.” said organizers of the Go Fund Me.
A Go Fund Me campaign set up on January 14th to support truckers with fuel, food and shelter costs has raised more than $5,500,000 so far.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance say the vast majority of the Canadian trucking industry is vaccinated with the overall industry vaccination rate among truck drivers closely mirroring that of the general public.
“The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) does not support and strongly disapproves of any protests on public roadways, highways, and bridges. CTA believes such actions – especially those that interfere with public safety – are not how disagreements with government policies should be expressed.” said a statement from the group.
Both unvaccinated and vaccinated truckers are taking part in the convoy.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists vaccines are the way out of the pandemic.
“Almost 90 per cent of truckers in Canada are vaccinated,” Trudeau said, speaking to reporters in French. “I regret that the Conservative Party and Conservative politicians are in the process of stoking Canadians’ fears about the supply chain. The reality is that vaccination is how we’ll get through this.”
Both the CDC and the CEO of Pfizer have said vaccines no longer prevent transmission of COVID-19.
“Our vaccines are working exceptionally well,” Walensky told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer back in August. “They continue to work well for Delta, with regard to severe illness and death — they prevent it. But what they can’t do anymore is prevent transmission.”
The convoy will be at Crestwood Secondary School in Peterborough at 5:30 am on Saturday and will depart at 5:45 am.
A group of supporters is also meeting in the west parking lot of the Lindsay Square Mall on Saturday morning at 6am.