The trucker protests in Canada earlier in the year have prompted a closer look at the desires and motivations of this key voting demographic. Though their grievances vary, these truckers are united in their demand for change. As the trucking industry plays a vital role in Canada’s economy, their voices cannot be ignored. The question now is what effect these protests will have on Canadian politics.
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.
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.