Niagara Centre MP not happy with truckers’ antics in Ottawa


Published January 31, 2022 at 1:55 pm

Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey says the 10 per cent of the truckers who acted out in Ottawa this past weekend have cast a dark shadow on the 90 per cent who are vaccinated and out there doing their jobs, rather than joining in with cross-country convoys.

“What we didn’t see this weekend were the almost 90 percent of Canadians and truckers who have stood up for our country and for the safety of its citizens and our way of life by willingly getting vaccinated,” he said.

“We didn’t see the almost 90 percent of Canadians complaining they were tired, that working to keep older Canadians alive or keeping food on our tables was too much of a chore, or that their freedom to allow a disease to continue mutating and infecting their fellow citizens, overloading an already stressed healthcare system, was being infringed on and they didn’t think that was fair.”

Like many Canadians, Badawey had a hard time stomaching the imagery of the weekend, including the defacing of a Terry Fox statue, dancing on the War Memorial, not to mention Confederate and Nazi flags in the crowd.

Said Badawey: “Our television and social media feeds have been filled this weekend with images of people dancing and parking their cars on the National War Memorial; of a baseball cap placed on the head of the statue of Terry Fox, and decorated with signs and an inverted flag; of Canadian citizens marching with flags containing images of swastikas and many other symbols of hate.”

Perhaps the toughest sound-bite to swallow for Badawey is the notion that these people pass themselves off as “freedom fighters” of sorts.

“We watched as a small portion of our population attempted to claim they were carrying the torches lit by those who died protecting Canadians over the past century in wars and battles around the world,” said Badawey.

“We watched as a small contingent demanded that we “Mandate Freedom,” missing the lesson that Canadians earned their freedom by willingly sacrificing to protect each other – the exact opposite of the actions we witnessed this weekend.”

The MP’s full statement is below.

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