Kelowna residents weigh in on the trucking convoy headed to Ottawa

Thoughts on truck convoy

Madison Erhardt

Truck drivers from across Canada are heading to Ottawa to protest the recent COVID-19 requirement for truckers crossing into Canada from the U.S.

The federal government's new mandate that all truckers crossing into Canada from the United States be vaccinated for COVID-19 took effect Jan. 15.

As a result, a large contingent of truckers and supporters are taking part in the “Freedom Convoy 2022,” in protest of the new measure and of COVID-19 measures across the board.

A large protest in Ottawa is scheduled for Jan. 29.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance, a federation of provincial trucking associations, issued a statement Saturday condemning any protests on roads and highways.

“CTA believes such actions – especially those that interfere with public safety – are not how disagreements with government policies should be expressed,” the Alliance said.

“Members of the trucking industry who want to publicly express displeasure over government policies can choose to hold an organized, lawful event on Parliament Hill or contact their local MP. What is not acceptable is disrupting the motoring public on highways and commerce at the border."

The CTA says the “vast majority” of Canadian truckers are already vaccinated for COVID-19.

GoFundMe has frozen more than $4 million in funds raised by the trucker convoy.

"We require that fundraisers be transparent about the flow of funds and have a clear plan for how those funds will be spent. In this case, we are in touch with the organizer to verify that information," Rachel Hollis, a spokeswoman for the crowdfunding platform, said in an email.

"Funds will be safely held until the organizer is able to provide the documentation to our team about how funds will be properly distributed."

As of Tuesday afternoon, those funds stood at more than $4.7 million raised from 55,300 donors, according to the GoFundMe page of the "Freedom Convoy."

Castanet hit the streets to find out what your thoughts are on the convoy.

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