The least-covered news story of the past week is the truck convoy that has converged on Ottawa. If you had any doubt before now that our media are as corrupt as the media in America, this ought to cure you of any thoughts that you can get all the news from our papers. It really is shameful, but the reality is that there are few ways to discuss the convoy without raising the question why we are still shutting our own economies down, with very little reason to expect any change any time soon, or for any explanation of why all this continues to go on. Which is why we hear nothing whatsoever about any of it.
A very insightful story about the convoy is told by a local resident who thought he might go out among the truckers and chat to see what they are up to and who they actually are: A night with the untouchables. Lots to read but let me give you this and you can read the rest yourself.
As I finally made my way back home, after talking to dozens of truckers into the night, I realized I met someone from every province except PEI. They all have a deep love for this country. They believe in it. They believe in Canadians. These are the people that Canada relies on to build its infrastructure, deliver its goods, and fill the ranks of its military in times of war. The overwhelming concern they have is that the vaccine mandates are creating an untouchable class of Canadians. They didn’t make high-falutin arguments from Plato’s Republic, Locke’s treatises, or Bagehot’s interpretation of Westminster parliamentary systems. Instead, they see their government willing to push a class of people outside the boundaries of society, deny them a livelihood, and deny them full membership in the most welcoming country in the world; and they said enough. Last night I learned my new neighbours are not a monstrous faceless occupying mob. They are our moral conscience reminding us – with every blow of their horns – what we should have never forgotten: We are not a country that makes an untouchable class out of our citizens.
And let me add that if they were the kinds of people who “make high-falutin arguments from Plato’s Republic, Locke’s treatises, or Bagehot’s interpretation of Westminster parliamentary systems” they would be as empty of anything worth listening to as the kinds of people who have brought us into the mess we are in who cannot find a way out.
There is also this, the first statement in the Canadian Parliament of Candice Bergen who is the interim leader of the Conservative Party until a leader is chosen later on this year.