Wasn’t sure where to put this as it’s really just a GQ-type question. I’ve seen a few of the interviews with truckers from the Freedom Convoy, a protest of mask mandates in Canada by truckers that’s been going on. Most of the interviews, however, seem to be from people with suspiciously US-type accents. Now, I’m aware that English-speaking Canadians do sound a lot like their US counterparts in the north, but my question is…are most of these truckers actually from the US, or is this mainly a homegrown Canadian protest? Or something in the middle? I haven’t seen a lot on this in the news, but then I haven’t really been looking for it either and was just curious.
Feel free to discuss anything related, I’d especially be interested in the perspective of our Canadian 'dopers, but really my question is simply is this mainly US truckers protesting or is this homegrown Canadians protesting, or something in between.
The protest is organized by fascists. The convoy is about far-right white nationalism. They are using vaccine and other health mandates as a wedge issue to try to get people onto their side. They are doing this for two reasons:
Money. It is a grift for the fascists.
Support/Members. I’m very sure they are hoping that if people support, say Pat King, on this issue, then I wonder what else they might agree with him on?
It is disgusting. I hate fascism and fascists. The police response has been tantamount to collaboration. It is really disgusting. What saddens me is that such a large percentage of Canadians can be so easily fooled by Nazis.
The stereotypical “Canadian” accent isn’t really as widespread as the media tries to make it seem. We all watch mostly US TV shows, so it’s not surprising that a lot of us sound very American to you.
That being said, the convoyers are a mix of Canadians and Americans, but still mostly Canadian. But one big thing to realize is that there really aren’t a lot of people involved with the protest now. They peaked at about 8000 people in Ottawa the first weekend, but now are at most a few hundred. The protest seems large because the use of large trucks to block streets acts as a multiplier. The downtown area of Ottawa isn’t all that large, and they’re really only blocking about half of that area. It doesn’t take that many big trucks to accomplish that goal.
The same thing with the border crossings. Most of these aren’t 8 or 16 lane superhighway type things, most are 2 or 4 lane affairs, particularly when there’s a bridge involved. Blocking those is trivially easy with these big trucks.