Convoy of truckers: an industrial group condemns the demonstration
OTTAWA – A Canadian federation of provincial trucking groups is speaking out against planned protests by unvaccinated truckers opposed to a vaccination mandate for cross-border travel.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance released a statement on Saturday saying it does not support and “strongly disapproves” of protests held on public roads, highways and bridges.
Alliance President Stephen Laskowski said that with Canada and the United States having cross-border vaccination rules in place, truckers “have to adapt and comply.”
A website run by protest organizers says convoys of protesters are expected to head to British Columbia today, while similar groups from across the country are expected to gather in Ottawa for a mass protest on May 29. January.
The group has raised more than $2.3 million in donations, which will go towards the cost of fuel, food and accommodation for participating protesters, according to its GoFundMe page.
The Liberal government announced in November that all Canadian truckers seeking to cross the border from the United States would have to be vaccinated to avoid a 14-day quarantine, a policy that took effect Jan. 15.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on January 23, 2022.