With more than 400 trucks flooding the nation’s capital of Ottawa, Canadian lawmakers have no choice but to listen to the voices of the people —and the truckers —that drove the country to this moment.
Four provinces have announced they will lift some COVID restrictions and eliminate others all together: Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island.
According to AP, during a news conference in Ottawa that excluded mainstream media outlets, Benjamin Dichter, one of the protest organizers, said: “I think the government and the media are drastically underestimating the resolve and patience of truckers.”
“Drop the mandates. Drop the passports,” he said.
Despite the progress being made, it sounds like there is still work to be done.
“We’re here for the big picture. It started with the border thing, it started with Trudeau, and until Trudeau moves, we don’t move,” said John Vanreeuwyk, a feedlot operator from Coaldale, Alberta.
“We’ve got guys here — they’ve lost everything due to these mandates and they’re not giving up and they’re willing to stand their ground and keep going until this is done,” Vanreeuwyk said.
A rapidly growing list of Canadian provinces moved to lift their COVID-19 restrictions as protesters decrying vaccine mandates and other precautions kept up the pressure with truck blockades in the capital and at key U.S. border crossings. https://t.co/YbEe9wE26X
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 9, 2022