As you might know, I don’t usually risk myself when it comes to political issues.
Simply because I am clever enough to recognize that I don’t know enough about it to give my opinion. There are so many other things to talk about anyway, right?
But today, I can’t stay silent.
Tonight, Ottawa (our federal capital) is being flooded with thousands of angry people. You might have heard about the so-called ”Freedom Convoy” online, and I am guessing that the parliament siege footage will go viral all around the world.
But if you allow me, let’s just go back a little, so you understand the truth behind this mess.
When the ground Canada-US border re-opened, a while back, both countries made it mandatory to be fully vaccinated to cross it. Truck drivers got a special permission, to make sure that deliveries continued normally.
In November of 2021, both the US and Canadian governments agreed that the permission should be lifted, and truck drivers had until January 15th to get vaccinated, otherwise, they couldn’t drive across the border anymore.
In all honesty, I wasn’t following the news much arround that date, but I am guessing that the unvaccinated truck drivers (mind you, they only represent about 10 to 12% of all drivers) thought that the government would take a step back, if they stood their ground.
As much as we’re all grateful for the work these men and women do, the government just can’t please everybody that throws a tantrum, and the mandate wasn’t lifted.
Things started to heat up.
An all-across-Canada convoy was arranged, and truckers from every corner of the country agreed to meet in Ottawa this weekend. With their trucks. And to keep the parliament under siege, until Justin Trudeau would lift the mandate.
Up to this point, I didn’t really mind what was happening. I didn’t agree, but we do live in Canada and have freedom of speech and freedom to protest. So be it. Fine. It didn’t seem very environment-friendly, but I got that driving a couple of thousand eighteen-wheeler trucks into the capital would certainly be impressive. But useless… Since, even if, by some sad miracle, Justin Trudeau did decide to lift the mandate, the US would still not allow unvaccinated drivers on their side of the border.
But then, shit hit the fan (forgive my French).
All kinds of people started using the ”Freedom Convoy” to make all kinds of claims, going from ”I don’t want to wear masks anymore” to ”I need to save my children’s future”. Thousands and thousands of Joe Blows, decided to march to Ottawa to let the government know how unhappy they are (as if the rest of us had enjoyed the last two years, because, you know, we’re just sheep!).
And as it always goes, when a big protest is on its way, extremist groups also got interested, and by noon today, downtown Ottawa was flooded with what looks like hundred of thousands of angry people saying they want to protest peacefully, with clanched teeth.
They say they want their freedom back. They say they want the tyranny to end.
What tyranny?? They obviously forgot that we voted last September to elect our Prime Minister. Last September… Not three years ago, when we were still riding unicorns and carelessly wandering outside as if it was safe! Nooo! Straight in the middle of this pandemic. The people spoke, and obviously, even if we don’t all love Justin Trudeau, he was the one we trusted the most with running the country.
They say they want all sanitary mandates to be lifted. No more masks, no more social distancing, no more vaccine passport…
Don’t all these men and women remember that all of these are ruled by their provincial governments? Even if Mr. Trudeau wanted to, he just can’t magically grant them the mandate lifts they are asking for…
Oh, and just on a side-note, (as if there wasn’t already enough to rant about) many of these people chose to bring their children to the protest. I don’t have kids of my own, and it seems obvious to me that I would NEVER bring a child to what will probably be the biggest protest of the country, ever. Do I have exceptionnal parenting skills, that I am just wasting by not raising any offspring?
And the funny thing is that this jolly good gang really thinks that it is speaking for the whole country. Or at least the majority of it… Because that’s how democracy works, right? If the majority is against something, it is just common sense that the government should pay attention to their cry out.
I don’t have the numbers, but I’ll be fair, and I’ll use an estimation I’ve seen online (which I consider is generous on my side, since it comes from the protesters, and of course, they want to make the event look as big as possible!). Ok, so let’s say that there are 1.5 million people protesting right now.
And you know what, I’ll be super fair, and I’ll double that, because there are probably a lot of people who just couldn’t make it to Ottawa, or just didn’t want to get out in the -40 C cold… So 3 million Canadian citizens, wanting to go back to ”normal” life despite the risks, and willing to let our hospitals explode with new covid cases…
Ok, I really wouldn’t want to seem like I want to play with numbers, so let’s double that, making it 6 million people sharing the protesters’ views.
Well, I am sorry, but that’s roughly 15% of the Canadian population.
But I have to say, I have to thank them for the extremely annoying past 2 days. Because I honestly never felt so Canadian in the past. My blood boils, and I hope that Mr Trudeau and his government will not give them a fecking crumble of a favor.
And if I had the time, energy, and exposure to do it, I’d invite the silent majority of us Canadians to stand up. Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if we just did something significant to show our leaders that since March of 2020, we’ve been careful, obedient and quiet? Not because we’re sheep, but because we were grateful to live in a country that took care of us to the best of its knowledge.
I am really tired to see the minority put words in my mouth.
If you are Canadian, and feel like me, please speak up! If you have Canadian friends you think feel the same, please invite them to read this…
Because the minority speaks louder doesn’t mean they are right… Let’s show them that we have a voice too!
P.S. Late tonight, I’ve seen pictures taken in Ottawa, of Confederate and Nazi flags flying in the air. If that’s not a red flag (pun intended), what is??