Musk Hails Canadian Trucker Convoy In Anti-Vax Rant

The Hill reports:

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday that “Canadian truckers rule” as drivers made their way toward Ottawa to protest against a COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

The mandate at issue was instituted by the Canadian government and applies to truck drivers who cross the U.S.-Canadian border, Reuters noted.

Ottawa police have already signaled they are on high alert regarding the protests, tweeting earlier on Thursday that “we are aware of inappropriate and threatening language on social media related to this event.”

CTV News reports:

While organizers say they are running a peaceful and law-abiding demonstration, experts have raised concerns over the online discourse related to the trucker convoy.

From social media posts expressing anti-government and violent sentiments to a suggestion that the event could be like a Canadian version of the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, experts CTVNews.ca spoke with said that the messaging and rhetoric is veering into dangerous territory.

The convoy plans to arrive in Ottawa on Jan. 29 with the intention of taking its “fight to the doorsteps of our federal government,” to demand the vaccine mandates end. The Parliamentary Protective Service has told CTV News that it is aware of the planned protest and is “closely monitoring the situation.”

The CBC reports:

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said Thursday he will meet with truckers taking part in a protest against vaccine mandates set for this weekend on Parliament Hill — but does not plan to meet with the actual organizers of the convoy.

The protest, initially billed as a demonstration by Canadian truckers against vaccination rules in their industry, has expanded in recent days to include people with much broader grievances against the federal government and its handling of the pandemic.

Some of those organizing the protest have expressed hopes of dissolving the government upon their arrival in Ottawa.

Toronto City News reports:

Now, amid reports the convoy has grown to take up over 200 kilometres of highway, it seems what the truckers are fighting for is also growing more unclear. “This is no longer about the mandate anymore,” said Jason LaFace, the convoy’s main organizer in Ontario. “This is about Canada, this is about our rights and how the government’s been manipulating the population and oppressing us all the time.”

LaFace made the comments during an interview on Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke in which he admits he is not a trucker himself.  “No, I am a regular Canadian with some very exceptional organizational skills,” LaFace said. “I’m one of the main organizers for ‘No More Lockdowns’ and Canada Unity asked me to join their team and I’ve been organizing pretty much a good portion of Ontario for the rally.”