Re: the Ottawa truck convoy. The Liberal government of Canada has sent the dogs in (Armed RCMP) to arrest unarmed peaceful protesters at the Ambassador Bridge between Windsor, Ontario, Canada and Detroit, USA.
Both Federal and Provincial authorities have threatened to fine, jail and take away licences. But who will deliver the goods and move mountains if the authorities reduce the amount of people moving the goods? The truckers, both self employed and otherwise, could easily starve the big cities by simply hanging up their keys, turning off their phones and taking a two week leave of absence. Or a fortnights sick leave by announcing they’d all caught the dreaded lurgi and had to self isolate.
Do the Turd-brains in their clown parliament and local legislatures think they can bring in enough unskilled labour to move Canada’s goods? The freight trains alone can’t do it, the support infrastructure just isn’t there any more and all the delivery points are in big retail stores far from the tracks. There’s also a shortage of new drivers. All the old boomers who formed the greatest demographic of drivers have been retiring. It’s the same all over the world. UK, Ireland, Europe, wherever.
And driving a big rig is a dangerous business. If you’d driven the trans Canada as I have, you’d understand. The broad roads of Canada have their own particular hazards, from wayward wildlife to rainstorms that can wash out even major highways in minutes, whiteout blizzards and windstorms that can blow even smaller vehicles halfway across the highway. That’s without factoring in the ignorance and eccentricity of the average Canadian car driver.
A truck isn’t like a car, it doesn’t manoeuvre like a car, it takes longer to stop for one. it handles differently. So some guy from just off the boat with no experience won’t be able to do the job.
Besides, to get your heavy goods ticket takes a great deal of time and money, not to mention that Canadian licence transfer legislation effectively downgrades your licence if you move countries. Been there, done that, passed my driving test in BC to boot. Lost my light goods certification in the process. Same for Ireland. I’m only just getting my old UK driver certifications back next week after months of writing letters to Service Canada and the DVLA.
So yes, by all means strip the livelihoods from people instead of having the guts to go and actually talk to them. Hobble the Canadian economy. Then whine about driver programmes not being ‘inclusive’ enough because there aren’t enough transgender or feminist drivers. Complain about CO2 emissions then wonder why there’s a lot less on the supermarket shelves and prices are skyrocketing.
The Pandemic is over. It’s been over for some considerable time and there’s no excuse for not lifting all the restrictions. Right now. People want their lives back. They want their civil rights and pre-COVID freedoms back and there is no good reason not to grant this simple request.
Not that there ever was.
Update: and now for a short word from someone who is definitely not our sponsor.