A growing number of truck drivers plan to disrupt and block traffic on Quebec’s roads to protest the federal government’s recent vaccination mandate imposed on the trucking industry.
From coast to coast, truck drivers have rallied against COVID-19 vaccination requirements under the Pan-Canadian Convoy for Freedom 2022 banner.
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Thousands of truck drivers are planning to slowly gather and meet on Parliament Hill on January 28.
Quebec continent spokeswoman Joanie Pelchat said the province’s convoy will begin at the Canada-US border crossings.
The drivers behind the cause plan to go under the speed limit or “coast slowly” to denounce what they call an unfair practice, Pelchat said.
From Saturday, unvaccinated foreign truck drivers will no longer be allowed to cross the border into Canada. Canadian truck drivers still have a right of return but must test and isolate themselves for 14 days.
The United States will also tighten its border restrictions next Saturday.
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The Canadian Trucking Alliance says 10 to 15 percent of drivers in the industry are currently unvaccinated.
The mandate would remove an estimated 12,000 Canadian truckers and thousands more from the United States from cross-border shipping routes.
More than two-thirds of the $650 billion worth of goods traded annually between Canada and the United States are transported by road.
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The Internet donation page for the national event has already raised nearly $580,000. The goal is to reach $700.00.
Donations, according to the online publication, will go towards fuel, food and lodging costs to ease the pressure of “this arduous task”.
“It’s a small price to pay for our freedoms. We thank you all for your donations and know that you are helping to bring this once beautiful country back to the way it was,” the post reads.
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Protests have already broken out across the country.
On Monday, drivers of 18-wheelers disrupted Manitoba border traffic for several hours and harassed motorists.
The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) says it is aware of the impending event and is monitoring the situation, according to provincial police spokeswoman Marythe Bolduc.
Bolduc warns anyone who voluntarily disrupts traffic, violates traffic safety regulations and could face hefty fines.
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