I live in Canada and like anywhere else, the whole vaccination discussion and restrictions due to Covid is wearing thin. We all want to go back to some semblance of normal, but I think for the most part we’re following the science and doing our part to stay safe and healthy.
Recently a bunch of truckers decided they wanted to protest the border being closed if they were not vaccinated. They decided to start a convoy to Ottawa to carry the protest to the federal government. Despite the fact that our government has no control over the United Stated government’s rule that truckers must be double-vaccinated to enter the United States, the movement gained momentum. Before we knew it rumours were flying around that the convoy was long enough to stretch across our two largest provinces (it wasn’t). A go-fund-me page was set up and millions of dollars were donated to support the protest and the protestors.
The convoy and various independent supporters landed in Ottawa and proceeded to essentially blockade and occupy the city. I’m all for peaceful protest, but these guys went on to desecrate the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the National War Memorial, and the Terry Fox memorial statue. For those of you who don’t know who Terry Fox is/was, he was a man who had lost a leg to cancer and at the age of 22 decided to literally run from one side of the country to the other to raise money for cancer research. He almost made it halfway before having to stop his race and dying from cancer shortly afterwards. In the 40 years since then, hundreds of millions of dollars have been raised for cancer research in his name. This is his legacy. So, to see the statue of a Canadian hero being defaced on top of the other desecrations was too much. These protestors had stomped their way over a line.
The protest continues. What these folks also don’t realize (or refuse to acknowledge) though, is that their protest has absolutely no hope of forcing the government to resign and allow them (the protestors) to assume control of the government. It also has no hope of forcing the US government to allow unvaccinated individuals across their border. It certainly has faint hope of forcing the government to end restrictions, mainly because this control rests with the provincial government and not the federal government. It also has absolutely no hope of forcing the government to lower the price of gas. I can’t even remember all the list of things they are supposedly protesting now.
Before recent events I would not have said this, but exactly how uneducated do you have to be in order to be a redneck? These people are saying the Covid vaccine has been rushed to market without testing. Apparently they know better than all the scientists who have been working on a vaccine like this since the SARS outbreak of 2003. As for being untested, this vaccine had the largest testing pool for clinical trials since the beginning of time. Tens of thousands of people wanted to be used as test subjects. Also, if you’re going to make a successful protest to the government, learn the facts first about what your government actually has any control over. Not only that, but don’t show up at your “peaceful” protest with flags depicting racism and hate. Leave the swastikas at home because they have no place at this kind of event. Showing up with this stuff and then spewing bigotry and hate is not the way to make a positive impression on the government, except maybe the conservatives. Only this morning I heard on the radio that our local conservative representative called counter-protestors “idiots”. Not the way to gain my vote!
It is unbelievable how polarizing this whole Covid event has been. People I know personally are showing me how they truly are not the sharpest knives in the drawer. However they land, I just want to say that these so-called protestors do not represent me or my opinions in any way whatsoever.