As of Jan. 22, all non-U.S. citizens entering the U.S. from Canada and Mexico must present proof they’re fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Canada imposed a similar barrier Jan. 16. Supply disruptions are already rippling across North America.
In response, Canadian truckers launched a 40-mile-long convoy of trucks from Vancouver to Ottawa in protest. Now the concept is arousing enthusiasm and truck caravans in several nations. Please see the series of updates below, as the Freedom Caravan bloomed in size. The concept is emerging in the U.S., and is going global.
January 23, 2020: About 80% of cross-border trade in corn, soybean meal, hay, vegetables and other food and feed items moves by truck. However, roughly half of the American international truck drivers carry vax “passports.” Suddenly, international trade in commodities faces a major disruption. And the mandates are especially irrational, since the mRNA vaccines don’t block Covid infection or transmission of the virus.
In Canada, food wholesalers are raising prices and allocating supplies.
Cattle feedyards in drought-stricken Western Canada are running low on corn, following previous disruptions in rail shipments from America. There’s no shortage of feed grain in the U.S. — just disruption in the supply chains.
Fertilizer and ag chemical suppliers are encountering logistical hurdles, too. A local independent ag supplier here in northeast Iowa tells us, “Distributors won’t even promise to fill my glyphosate orders — at any price.”
For a detailed report of disruption in Canadian cross-border regulations, visit this link.
In Canada, truckers are organizing a “Convoy for Freedom 2022,” urging truckers to flood Ottawa with 18-wheelers and protests. Before the U.S. imposed the vax barrier, Canadian truckers clogged the Canadian side of the U.S. border at a main entry point.
Last September, Australian truckers forced an easing of interstate vax passport barriers by briefly blockading major highways. The protest was mostly excluded from major news outlets, but officials relented.
Updates January 24, 2022: The Wall Street Journal features a thoroughly researched report on food-distribution problems nationwide. Click on this link.
Epoch Times has a detailed report on truckers’ coordinated movements, including a $3 million fundraising effort.
Update January 26, 2022: The longest 18-wheeler caravan in world history is cruising toward Canada’s capital — aimed at hauling Prime MinisterTrudeau’s international vas-passport mandates outta Ottawa. Hundreds of American truckers are crossing the border to join their Canadian colleagues in the battle. One of the key organizers offers details on the Stew Peters show at this link.
Updates January 27, 2022: Livestock producers report that the shortage of truck transport is curbing shipment of Canadian feeder pigs into the U.S., while shipments of feedstuffs from the U.S. into Canada are falling short of needs because of the vax mandates both sides of the border.
An estimated 50,000+ 18-wheelers will impact Ottawa, backed by more than $3 million in GoFundMe contributions, in an effort to convince PM Trudeau and President Biden to discard the cross-border vax passport scheme.
On Fox News’ Ingraham Angle, former Canadian hockey star and current activist Theo Fleury tells Laura that he’s never seen so many Canadians so politically incensed… and eager to join the truckers in their protest. Apparently some 48,000 people have contributed to support of the truckers’ caravan via GoFundMe.
AgWeb editors and their sources tell how U.S. fertilizer supplies are getting hit by the vax mandates at the Canadian border.
Writing firsthand from Canada, one of our ag-related online colleagues, Susan Beal of Elmira, Ontario, has followed Canada’s Covid-19 dictats closely. Today she tracked down the truckers’ convoy and sent a group e-mail which included us. Here’s her eyewitness report:
Update January 28, 2022: Tesla CEO Elon Musk posted support on his Twitter account for Canadian truckers’ “Freedom” caravan, due to arrive in Ottawa tomorrow. He has 71 million followers on Twitter.
Updates January 29, 2022:
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson interviews a Canadian trucker on why his fellow truckers in Canada and the USA are enthused about the caravan, which arrives in Ottawa today after starting in Vancouver.
A report in the Epoch Times says USA organizers are planning a cross-country truckers’ caravan from the West Coast to Washington DC, with similar objectives: Take back basic freedoms from the politicized handling of Covid.
Scott Moe, premier of Saskatchewan in western Canada, said today that the proof of Covid vax “makes no sense” and he will end it in the “not too distant future in his province. Jason Kenney, premier of Alberta province, said he supports the truckers’ Freedom Convoy and said he plans to discuss vaccine mandates for truckers at an upcoming meeting with U.S. state governors.
Update January 30:
The Canadian truckers’ Freedom Convoy and thousands of supporters occupy the Capitol grounds in Ottawa. Speakers are making the point that despite a near-total media blackout across North America, alternative news sites and social media are spreading the message: End vax passports and get rid of top-down, politically driven Covid mandates.
Freedom Convoys are launching in several countries around the world this week.
Updates January 31:
Farm Journal’s Tyne Morgan offers a trucking update in the Daily Scoop.
Reclaim the Net reports an Ottawa city councilman wants to file a lawsuit confiscating the “Freedom Convoy” Go Fund Me cash. The campaign has raised more than $9 million, of which only $1 million has been released for the truckers’ use.
Update February 1: A comprehensive summary of the Freedom Convoy by Megan Redshaw illustrates that the Trudeau administration is seriously misreading the power and determination of people supporting relief from top-down vax mandates.
Update February 4: More than 140,000 contributors of about 10 million Canadian dollars to the Freedom Convoy learned today that GoFundMe now refuses to release funds to truckers who counted on those supporters. Further details at this link.
Update February 5: GoFundMe promised to automatically refund to donors all contributions to the trucker’s account. Originally the site said it would redirect funds to causes of its own choosing, unless donors request a refund.