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Canadian truckers' bridge blockade forces shutdowns at auto plants

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One person is responsible for this mess and that is Justin Trudeau - he caused this mess by attacking Canadian citizens and taking away their freedoms. While other countries are opening up, Trudeau is hunkering down, and out of spite and personal pride, refuses to lift these unjustified and unscientific restrictions. If he would only do so, then the truckers could get back to work, the protesters could go back to their lives. everything in Canada would get back on its feet, and people would have control of their own lives again.

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im going to disagree and say the wannabe dictators telling people what to put in their bodies are the ones shutting down the plants, the trade routes, and just basically decimating the economy. The truckers are the heroes here, not the villains.

-2 ( +34 / -36 )

Vive le revolution!

2 ( +31 / -29 )

Hold strong truckers!

Trudeau is just too stubborn to admit the vaccine mandates were a dumb idea and need to be nixed. Countries all the world are not only removing mandates but are taking down protocols that were proven to have little to no effect on mortality.

1 ( +32 / -31 )

The way these things work, the longer this blockade goes on and the more inconvenience and mess it causes, whatever support these protesters have will disappear like water down a drain and the people will want the situation resolved, whatever it takes - and we all know (well, some of us do) how that could turn out. I also don’t know why the Canadian government doesn’t do more to protest the brazen foreign interference in their internal affairs being whipped up by their noisy neighbours across the border, many of whose citizens are currently in that convoy causing all the trouble. New Zealand showed how to deal with this the other day, surely it’s only a matter of time before Canada follows their example.

-8 ( +21 / -29 )

People in positions of authority have continually over stepped their mark.

People just don't like being told what to do.

To manage a good democracy, please just show facts and let the individual make their decisions. If that doesn't work for you, then maybe democracy just isn't for you.

2 ( +26 / -24 )

Their ability to drive truck should be suspended,and should be prosecuted for interfering with interstate commerce

-7 ( +26 / -33 )

They could sit at home and not drive. Disrupting the lives of people who had nothing to do with their beef is selfish.

-6 ( +22 / -28 )

One person is responsible for this mess and that is Justin Trudeau - he caused this mess by attacking Canadian citizens and taking away their freedoms. While other countries are opening up, Trudeau is hunkering down, and out of spite and personal pride, refuses to lift these unjustified and unscientific restrictions. If he would only do so, then the truckers could get back to work, the protesters could go back to their lives. everything in Canada would get back on its feet, and people would have control of their own lives again.

Well, said. And this is only going to get worse. The people have had it.

3 ( +29 / -26 )

If if these 10% of unvaccinated truckers win their protest about the vaccinations they still will not be able to enter the United States without being fully vaccinated. So what is the purpose of the demo

I disagree, with the midterms around the corner the Dems are bailing on pretty much all of their draconian measures and fast, so I personally don’t think that will hold water at this point.

-6 ( +19 / -25 )

intifada right-wingers from the US. Get real.

Just making stuff up this morning?

Disrupting the lives of people who had nothing to do with their beef is selfish.

I’m a little surprised by this comment since that’s how protests have worked for over 2000 years.

The women of ancient Rome took to the streets in protest in 195 BC. It was a striking manifestation of their power in what was a rigidly patriarchal society.

https://www.historytoday.com/history-matters/womens-march-rome

-9 ( +14 / -23 )

Fringe minority??? yeh right!

People have had enough of the covid fear and scare campaigns and now most have had the mild omicron strain they have realised they have been lead up the garden path by big pharma and their puppets in the govt!

-4 ( +20 / -24 )

NOW these frauds are concerned about the economy?

Next thing you know, they'll start advocating for child development.

-3 ( +13 / -16 )

That's what happens when governments make unacceptable laws. If you can't accept it, what are you supposed to do, just disappear?

That's the cost democracies have to pay, until they cease being democracies.

-1 ( +19 / -20 )

from Jan 22 foreign truckers entering the United States are required to be fully vaccinated.

We know.

"Starting Jan. 22, travelers entering the United States at land ports of entry — notably along the Canadian and Mexican borders — and ferry points who are not U.S. citizens must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Department of Homeland Security announced."

Yes, but once again, now that the midterms are around the corner, the last thing the Dems want is more blame and more controversy, they’ll ease up on the vaccination rules. Look how fast the mask mandates are just being dropped like a hot potato.

-1 ( +19 / -20 )

If if these 10% of unvaccinated truckers win their protest about the vaccinations they still will not be able to enter the United States without being fully vaccinated. So what is the purpose of the demo?

It's not about the vaccination, the truckers protest is about removing the mandate which states that they need a vax to cross the border. Some of the truckers are vaccinated, yet they support their non-vaxxed colleagues because they are averse to the govt's overreach. So it's really about freedom and the right to do one's job without govt forcing a jab on them.

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zichiToday  09:01 am JST

GreenPeas

the truckers need to be vaccinated to enter America so they can not leave Canada anyway.

They have to start somewhere! This will and is reverberating around the world. Alot of people have had enough of the 1984 style govts have been pushing for the past 2 years. The US will follow suit quick smart

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  from Jan 22 foreign truckers entering the United States are required to be fully vaccinated.

You just said that.

Not everyone seems to.

They so, but they don’t care or want to get vaccinated.

The mandate is only for foreign travelers and is supported by the majority of Americans. Masks are still required on international airlines and covid testing for all travelers including Americans.

That will change as well, since all these draconian measures are coming to a rightful end.

So you would be happy to unvaccinated and untested travelers to enter the country?

I could care less. I’m not buying into this crap, especially with this new variant and with the herd immunity the world pretty much has reached. If the Dems want to force all this on the people, they should, it makes it much easier for the GOO to take over and bring sanity back to the nation.

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zichi

I understand where you're coming from but the point is the mandates. It's a slippery slope to full-blown totalitarianism if the Canadians allow their govt to keep on taking liberties like this. Remember 2 weeks to flatten the curve? Regardless of whether the truckers can cross the border or not, oppressive and coercive mandates need to be revoked. They are unlawful.

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Who is the GOO, are they some sort of gang?

I think he mistyped… but yeah basically.

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And the far-right kooks continue their campaign of obstruction and lawlessness...now putting hard working blue collar workers out of their jobs due to their selfishness...

Americans will remember the party that is cheering on these deluded fools, and vote accordingly in 2022/24...

Unfortunately for them, most of these fringe truckers won't be around in 2022/24 to vote, on either side of the border...

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/592289-cdc-study-hospitalizations-23-times-higher-for-unvaccinated-than-boosted

-2 ( +16 / -18 )

So you think he might have meant GOD. He was always a believer.

Absolutely not… although I know a lot of them think of themselves as some sort of omnipotent beings.

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Covid19 negatively impacted the global auto industry by forcing shutdowns of semiconductor factories. Just try to get a new car today of any brand without being told there will be a 6 month or more wait. This in turn has had a negative impact on car dealers, suppliers everywhere. So now these truckers are creating a further cause of delay because they are protesting measures to stop Covid19. They can protest all they want but what they are doing is working towards eliminating the need and demand for their own trucking services.

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Put the international cargoes on trains and ships instead of long-distance truck hauling.

And start blocking access to Canada by any company whose trucks can be identified as part of this. Things would start to clear pretty quickly.

-1 ( +11 / -12 )

I understand where you're coming from but the point is the mandates. It's a slippery slope to full-blown totalitarianism

Oh, please.

There is a worthwhile discussion to be had on this topic but I think the totalitarianism/1984 febrile nonsense is just unhelpful.

Its absolutely shameful what the little commie dictator

Not a commie, mate. Relax. Too much coffee in the morning?

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Still support the truckers, but they should reorientate their tactics back to targeting the political elite in the provinces where the mandates still exist. There needs to be clear rationale for the protests to maintain ongoing support and also to present a way out for that same politcal elite. If you present a way out for the politicians, the public will recognize that and heap pressure on those politicians to back down so life can get back to something like normal

Factory workers in auto plants arent your enemy.

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

 So it's really about freedom and the right to do one's job without govt forcing a jab on them.

Your freedom ends when what you do or refuse to do can hurt others. Wear a face mask, keep your distance get vaccinated and quit acting like selfish babies. You might not be symptomatic but you can make someone else deathly sick, and you emphatically do not have a right to do that. I am so sick and tired of people being stupid in the face of a pandemic that has already killed almost 1 Million Americans. The stubborn stupidity of the deniers is literally killing people unnecessarily.

-5 ( +12 / -17 )

  So you would be happy to unvaccinated and untested travelers to enter the country?

I already answered that, next?

You do not care about the 900,000 dead, the 2300 people dying every day? The 78 million covid cases?

Every single one of those deaths are all Covid related? How would you discern that? Can you prove it? Based on what? Let me guess, the CDC, WHO or Fauci?

It was Trump who first introduced the travel restrictions. Did he too force it on people?

At that time we didn’t know anything and now we know a lot more, maybe that’s why people are not in a panic with the drugs and understanding how this virus works, the fears have been subsiding.

You can not travel to America without a covid test and you have said you will never have one so you won't be traveling there.

Yeah, you don’t know what I can or cannot do or where I can go, so just rest with the guessing.

-7 ( +12 / -19 )

You have absolutely no sense of doing your bit to help those around you? Keeping your music to a reasonable level? Helping an elderly person cross the road? Not burning toxic substances in your garden?

Are you seriously comparing turning the music down to injecting a foreign substance into my body?

These things you laid out are nothing more than the golden rule. And since I don’t want anyone forcing me to get an injection and don’t want to force others to. The best way to contribute to others around you is to take care of yourself, mind your business, and try not to be a burden on others.

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Leftists: "Workers Unite!"

Truckers and Farmers: "Don't mind if we do."

Leftists: "No, not like that!"

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Heroes.

-1 ( +14 / -15 )

but not to America without tests.

You can get around them, it is not that hard to do.

.Even this week you posted about jumping into your Beetle and going to Korea. Not without a PCR test buddy.

Wrong.

-1 ( +11 / -12 )

They need to start hauling these truckers off to jail. I’m from Ottawa and used to live in the neighborhood they are occupying, its a disgrace what they are doing to residents. They aren’t protesting, they are just trying to make everybody else’s lives as miserable as they can. Screw those thugs.

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This in turn has had a negative impact on car dealers, 

The corporate MSM will always side with the authoritarian governments. Don’t buy it.

Both Ford and GM are directing their dealers to stop charging so much for autos, according to a new report by the Wall Street Journal. Dealerships have been marking up vehicles over sticker price as a result of a drought of inventory, attributable to supply chain issues and the semiconductor shortage, combined with increased demand.

-2 ( +8 / -10 )

They are prostrating and that’s why both countries are in this mess. The truckers and the rest of the world wants these mandates to end and if they don’t, the truckers should make it hard for the ruling class until they allow all of us to lead normal lives, it’s enough.

They aren’t making it hard for the “ruling class”, they are making it miserable for normal people. They are blaring their horns at all hours in residential neighborhoods, bullying people on the street, shutting down small businesses and, now, costing autoworkers too (according to this article).

All because like 10% of them don’t want a jab and are throwing a tantrum. They are pathetic thugs screwing the rest of my country over and I’m sick of them and their stupid antics. They need to be hauled off to jail and have their licenses revoked.

-5 ( +9 / -14 )

It's not about the vaccination, the truckers protest is about removing the mandate which states that they need a vax to cross the border. Some of the truckers are vaccinated, yet they support their non-vaxxed colleagues because they are averse to the govt's overreach. So it's really about freedom and the right to do one's job without govt forcing a jab on them.

It seems that white majority-ruled countries want and expect special treatment (privilege). People are required to get vaccinations when they travel to third world countries overseas all the time. People get malaria shots etc. This is no different!

You travel to another country then you get vaccinate, so you do not bring your sickness to that country or get sick which means putting a strain on the health resources of that country. Djoke (privilege) was made an example of. Truckers are no different. You do not want to get vaccinated, fine. Stay your behind in Canada!

Do not accept loads that crosses national borders.

-2 ( +10 / -12 )

Since they must be independent operators (I can't imagine a company allowing their equipment to be used), trucking companies should put them on an exclusion list so they no longer get work.

They are unreliable contractors. They're a small minority of operators. Shippers won't work with trucking companies that are unreliable.

Give the loads and work to others and show them the power of a market economy.

-2 ( +7 / -9 )

Amazing how this far-right fringe of truckers, less than 10% according to the Canadian Truckers Union, have become a "cause-celebre" in far-right circles on both sides of the border.

Well, perhaps not that amazing since far-right pols and their right-wing subservient media have managed to manipulate and fool the MAGA-masses with made up issues like CRT and caravans at the border.

"Freedom" they say....freedom to infect others with COVID, to close down streets impacting everyday citizens, to close bridges shutting down industries employing thousands on both sides of the border.

And perhaps most telling, freedom to leave their families and loved ones with a funeral bill.

I guess some would call that "winning"...

-7 ( +8 / -15 )

No. mRNA vaccines are an advancement in science without the need to infect anyone to build resistance.

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

These so-called "Freedom-fighters" highlight just one more contradiction and example of the upside-down world of the far-right.

They say they are protesting to restore freedom and "open up" the economy so people can go back to work.

So, how do you do that by closing down key bridges and arteries that choke traffic and prevent both workers and raw goods from getting to the industries and jobs they support?

They're just showing their ignorance and disrupting daily lives preventing any chance of going "back to normal".

More hypocrisy from the far-right.

-5 ( +8 / -13 )

But I will offer the benefit of doubt and say that even if 80% of the country was in fact vaccinated, that's still 7 million people who have been excluded from society for far longer than humanely necessary.

All those idiots have to do is get vaccinated. I am tired of the excuses for doing nothing in the face of a global pandemic and the awful number of deaths and suffering it has caused. The longer these losers take to do the right thing, the longer this pandemic goes on and the more everyone suffers. Everyone and I do mean everyone, every single person, has a part to play. Get off you backside and do it!

-3 ( +10 / -13 )

They say they are protesting to restore freedom and "open up" the economy so people can go back to work.

Nothing is going back to normal unless everyone is vaccinated. That is what they cannot seem to get through their thick heads. They are making the whole situation worse and prolonging the pandemic.

-4 ( +10 / -14 )

“The will of the people is unacceptable" - Justin Trudeau

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I thought right-wingers hated being told what to do by minorities

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

Been doing my own risk assessment for two years.

Most other people don't even know what that means, because they were told what to do, and they complied.

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

“The will of the people is unacceptable" - Justin Trudeau

Give me a break. We just had a democratic election in Canada a few months ago. Trudeau won. These anti vax thugs had a party represent their views in that same election and it was rejected by Canadians in a landslide - getting so few votes it didn’t even win a single seat.

Now, having lost, they have decided to reject the democratic process and are trying to force Canada, by intimidating and making the lives of ordinary Canadians miserable, to become some sort of anti-vax Qanon Caliphate.

Screw that. These guys are nuts and they belong in jail.

-4 ( +8 / -12 )

If you took a vote, the majority would side with Trudeau. These truckers are just being selfish.

-2 ( +9 / -11 )

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