The trucker protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates that gridlocked Ottawa and closed key Canada-U.S. border crossings is a sign of the complete breakdown of our political conversation, said former Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff.
Jason Kenney’s leadership could be a canary in the coalmine for Canada’s next populist wave. It will be a test of whether political organizers can harness the anger over COVID-19 restrictions and turn it into results at the ballot box.
For all the consternation and drama, the trucker protests in Ottawa were temporary and largely peaceful. This is in no part thanks to the total failure of our government leadership.
The Great Canadian Trucker Protest was just the latest in a series of intense yet amorphous global populist uprisings of the 21st century.
Author and journalist David Frum weighs in on the trucker protests and the Canadian government’s response with the invocation of The Emergencies Act in this episode of Frum Dialogues.
It’s possible that reaching for the Emergencies Act is not only legally questionable, but also tactically mistaken, because the internal limits and Charter implications of the law will make it an easier target for lawyers.
Canada’s public health measures have indeed lasted too long, and Canadians have a right to be upset.
The spirited and enduring nature of the trucker protests shows how far our policy efforts have splintered society and backfired.
Half of Canadians think the trucker protest is behaving badly, but understand their frustration: Poll
Fifteen percent of Canadians strongly agree and 33 percent somewhat agree that they don’t like the protesters’ behaviour but understand their grievances.
Categorizing our fellow citizens as either “friend” or “enemy” is an easy mode of thinking to fall into, but it is not the most helpful in these turbulent times.