Early Sunday, morning close to 40 vehicles manned by truckers and their supporters gathered at Delta, British Columbia's Nordel CVSE Inspection Station before heading out on their journey to Ottawa, calling for an end to Canada's COVID mandates.
Earlier this month, the governments of Canada and the United States, through Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S President Joe Biden, used the significantly less deadly Omicron variant as an excuse to implement new COVID-19 vaccine border restrictions that make it harder — or impossible — for unvaccinated cross border truck drivers to carry goods between the two countries.
The additional threat — mandated disruption to an already-strained supply chain — appears to have been the tipping point for many truckers across Canada, causing them to say “enough is enough” when it comes to these mandates, and it seems many other Canadians agree.
A GoFundMe page set up to support the truckers costs has already soared past $3-million in fundraising.
The country-wide convoy is set to rest in front of Parliament, where the truckers feel their demands can’t be ignored, on January 29.
“We are going to stay there until Trudeau ends the mandates, just like Boris Johnson did in the U.K.” said Salvatore Vetro when I asked him what the plan was once they arrived to Ottawa.
Vetro, and Cara Drimmer, who recently got her Class 1 truck driving licence, say it’s time to get their jobs back and are driving to Ottawa together.
Rebel News will be covering this massive freedom convoy every step of the way. .
Be sure to check ConvoyReports.com for regular updates from my colleague Mocha Bezirgan, who met up with the convoy in Calgary, and will be documenting the journey to, and events that take place at, Parliament.
Please also donate to help us cover the various costs to ensure Mocha gets to Ottawa safely. A trip across much of Canada means stops for food and shelter, so your donations will help us bring you the other side of the story, rather than the state-funded narrative of the convoy.