Truckers Block Highways On Canadian Border To Protest Vaccine Mandate
Comes after PM Justin Trudeau issued executive order banning unvaccinated truckers from crossing Canadian border. Unvaccinated Canadian truck drivers entering the country must undergo testing and quarantine
Epic footage from the U.S.-Canada border shows a group of truckers with “Freedom” signs blocking off highways to and from the respective countries.
Several videos from the scene show a convoy of over a dozen semi-trucks outfitted with signs like “Mandate Freedom” and “Trudeau Has Caused Hate, Division & Anger” parading up and down the highways near the border.
Only 50% to 60% of U.S. truckers are vaccinated, according to an estimate from the American Trucking Associations. The rules will make thousands of drivers ineligible for cross-border shipments, exacerbating a shortage at a time when the transportation industry is already strained.
Manufacturers are warning they may be forced to slow production and will likely face higher costs from the snarling of a supply chain that depends on an open border for the movement of some $45 billion worth of goods every month. Canada is the top export market for 32 U.S. states, according to the Department of Commerce.
Dalhousie University’s Sylvain Charlebois, one of Canada’s top food supply experts, warned Trudeau’s government should rescind the order, which will likely exacerbate supply shortages.
“Omicron is hitting the entire food industry. That’s what’s been slowing things down, and the vaccine mandate could add fuel to the fire,” Charlebois said.
More truck drivers are calling for an anti-mandate protest on January 23, saying they can bring Trudeau’s government to “it’s fucking knees.”