My mother always said “if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all” and my dad was a firm believer in not talking politics. Which means I should stay in the silent majority of Canadians, who at this moment, are all biting their tongues.
But…I’m not going to be silent. My voice has every right to be heard. And I am not the only blogger to decide it’s time to be heard. I am linking up to several writers who’s thoughts echo mine and actually, honestly, say it better than I think I can articulate.
First up is a first hand account of an encounter in downtown Ottawa in a post called So now I’m a Karen?. The trucker convoy and their “so called” freedom movement are keeping regular citizens from work and life in general. Interestingly enough the very freedoms that they are crusading for aren’t even implemented by the level of government that they are presently encamped in front of. Public health measures are set at a provincial government level. So their anti mask anti vaccination rumbles are knocking at the wrong door.
The entire convoy started with the message that was appropriate for the federal government as it was about vaccination requirements for truckers travelling from and to the USA. What failed to capture in the minds of those responsible is that the USA has the same requirements so even if Trudeau gave in to their demands it would not change a flipping thing. The 85% of truckers that are vaccinated are the ones doing those runs.
These thoughts and many more are articulate well here in Outrage from a Canadian: a rant. There is indeed the back story of the now frozen 10M dollars and the second set of funds that is now rising quickly again. It should make the average “Joe” nervous. it certainly has here and with the following article written for The Line amps that up a degree or two. In Dispatch from the Ottawa front line he talks about a second encampment, one that appears to not be evident in main stream information.
The other interesting fact is that in the recent dissolution of the Coutts blockade they found approximately 15 individuals with a significant amount of weapons and body armour. The leader of that protest states they didn’t know it was happening even though it was right in front of them. I believe, quite strongly, that the main protest in Ottawa, has the same element running though it. One that does not have care about the anti vax anti mandate at all and is using this for a front to help destroy the democracy that our country was built on. I feel like we should all be very concerned about the behind the scenes stuff that is going on.
As to the bouncy castles, hot tubs, open fires and parking in a no parking zone I am in the dark as to why the police have let this go so far. This is no longer a protest and they are breaking the laws right left and center no matter how “peaceful” they are. It was very interesting to note the departure of the Chief of the Ottawa Police Department yesterday in a surprise development.
I am not a political junky and so can’t offer much insight into why Ontario’s premier has not waded in sooner. I would guess he didn’t want it to be his responsibility so he faded into the background — not his style but that’s what he did. As to Trudeau’s actions — safe to say I am not a fan of him but… and it’s a big but he is now taking action. I feel like it is too late — he also hide his head in a bush for about 10 days too long. Maybe he just wanted to be the silent majority as well but when you lead a country in crisis you need to be front and center.
When confronted with it personally on a highway in Alberta I want to give them the thumbs down or the middle finger up. Cooler heads in the vehicle said that wasn’t an option because there was more of them than us and in bigger vehicles. I still disagree with that but I respected the driver’s opinion. Fellow blogger Allan wrote about encountering them entering Vancouver here at Truck You! I agree with him that we can’t stay silent. That makes us complacent and when it comes to my country I won’t be.
I am a proud Canadian and I want our flag back. I don’t want it used as a tool of disrespect. I don’t want it to be seen as a tool of anarchy. As I said I am not a huge fan of our Prime Minister but I agree with his words below. This debacle in Ottawa has long gone from a peaceful assembly and the situation is more dangerous than the average Canadian realizes. It also has very little to do with vaccination mandates which are being loosened across the country by the provinces. But that’s a whole different rant post about rights responsibilities and political choices.
I know there will be many who don’t agree with me. And that’s fine. We can have a difference of opinion and still be respectful. It’s all about choices, responsibilities and the fact that none of us live in a vacuum. Even if the last 2 years have made us feel like we do.
So I will end with hope. Hope that the resolution of this crisis can come without blood shed. Hope that our flag can once again be seen as a sign of pride and not tarnished.