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Alberta senator calls anti-mandate protesters a “systemic problem”

Keean Bexte

January 24, 2022


Late Sunday, Alberta senator Paula Simons took to the internet to condemn the Freedom Convoy headed to Ottawa, parroting the mainstream narrative that it’s just a handful of truckers, and most are protesting icy roads.

“This weekend’s protest by a small minority of unvaccinated truckers probably isn’t helping [the supply chain],” Simons wrote on Twitter,” but it’s just one small part of the larger supply chain issue, a systemic problem that needs serious solutions.”

“I stand with the vast majority of truck drivers who are vaccinated,” she continues, “and who are driving on tricky winter roads, working long and stressful hours, in a global pandemic to get stuff to our stores. These protests are only making their jobs that much more difficult.”

Of course, Canadians aren’t falling for this line, and many tweeted back at the senator to condemn her minor bout of misinformation.

As everyone knows, first and foremost, the Freedom Convoy headed to Ottawa is about ending the mandate for truckers that was implemented on January 15, which prevents all unvaccinated American truckers from entering, and forces the 10-20 per cent of unvaccinated truckers in Canada to quarantine upon returning to their own country. Moreover, truckers are taking this opportunity to fight for all Canadians’ rights and freedoms and are rallying to end all mandates, vaccine passports, and pandemic policies.

This figure, to begin with, constitutes a sizable portion of the trucking population — more than enough to cause supply chain issues and food shortages.

Secondly, it isn’t just unvaccinated truckers protesting. It’s thousands of vaccinated truckers standing with their marginalized brothers and hundreds of thousands of Canadians supporting them, all shouting “Enough is enough!” in unison.

Thirdly, the protest isn’t about poor road conditions — you don’t go on a cross-country protest if you fear a bit of ice on the road. That’s a mainstream lie, first perpetuated by the CBC.

It’s about ending the mandate. Period.

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