For the most part, Canadians talk like us but have certain idiosyncrasies that are clear giveaways. In Canada, if you leave the house to go “out and about”, they’ll tell you they’re “oot and aboot”. Their currency looks like Monopoly money and their national sport is lacrosse, not hockey… go figure. Any discussion in which a fellow Canuck, who happens to be a celebrity, is mentioned will automatically result in the Canadian pointing out that fact. “Ryan Gosling? He’s Canadian, you know.
This was favorite joke of Khruschev. He would laugh his big Russian bear laugh every time we said that. Khrushchev didn’t like many jokes (Stalin and Brezhnev didn’t like any jokes), but Nikita did like that one. Also, that shoe-banging incident at the United Nations didn’t really happen. That was just funny stunt on Milton Berle show. He was such funny man, but we never showed Nikita that episode. He was very sensitive man and would have been hurt.
What Trudeau doesn’t get, is that this isn’t about trucks. It’s about working-class Canadians having legitimate grievances that aren’t being addressed. They are suffering under draconian COVID mandates – to the point of being forced to take a vaccine that doesn’t work. In nearby Minnesota, a majority of COVID cases are now among the vaccinated. Trudeau hasn’t even considered the science behind that evidence.
By being unwilling to listen to the voice of the Canadian people, by ignoring science, and by seeing the Convoy as a threat to his authority rather than the urgent message it is, Mr. Trudeau has brought the situation to crisis. At this point, neither side can gracefully back down. Trudeau cannot walk back his rhetoric nor can he stop the progress of the Emergency Powers Act. He is committed to escalation until his opposition surrenders or is destroyed.
A tractor trailer rig full of the number one selling item from the Minnesota based pillow manufacturer is set to pull out of their docks and hit the highway for the Windsor/Ottawa border today. Mike and his team have been reading stories of the drivers in the convoy sleeping in their trucks with whatever supplies they were able to bring on short notice with them for the trip, and immediately saw an opportunity to help.
Authoritarian governments, on the other hand, tend to favor coercion and intimidation. That is much easier as they only have to issue commands and punish those who disobey. This is consistent with the political philosophy of the Left since, in that view, the people exist to serve and obey the State. An underlying assumption is that one or a small group of bureaucrats is smarter than the whole of the population and is best able to dictate a proper course of action.
Many Canadian truck drivers are participating due to a January 15 deadline that forces unvaccinated drivers to observe a two-week quarantine and COVID-19 test before crossing into Canada from the U.S. The U.S. also implemented new restrictions starting January 22 that will require non-U.S. individuals entering the nation at the Canadian border to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.