The Organizers of the Canadian Trucker Freedom Convoy 2022 held a second press conference yesterday and kept tight control of the messaging. Statements were made by protest leaders and they took no questions. At the end, a lawyer answered questions only about the Freedom Convoy’s Go Fund Me account, which is currently suspended.
Lead organizer Tamara Lich made the following statement which was then translated into French:
“We are here out of love for our families, our communities, and our nation. These past two years, the Covid mandates have divided us. This protest began because of government’s restrictions on truckers’ freedoms. Our movement has grown in Canada and across the world, because common people are tired of the mandates and restrictions in their lives that now seem to be doing more harm than good. As of today, Sweden, Denmark, the UK, Norway, Finland, Ireland and Switzerland have removed all Covid mandates and restrictions. We are therefore calling on all levels of government in Canada to end all mandates and restrictions. We will continue our protest until we see a clear plan for their elimination. Premier Scott Moe of Saskatchewan has taken leadership in Canada by ending restrictions and mandates in that province. Hopefully, these words will turn into long lasting action. No one from the federal, provincial or municipal government has met directly with us. Instead they are using you, the Media, to portray us as racists, misogynists and even terrorists. As a woman of Metis heritage, a mother and a grandmother, I am offended.
The reality is that members of the movement are average, peace-loving, law-abiding citizens from all walks of life who are fed up with being disrespected and bullied by our government. We continue to see additional Canadians coming to Ottawa every day for peaceful demonstrations. We want to thank the thousands of residents of Ottawa who have stepped forward to show their support, providing accommodations, food and just plain friendship to members of our community. This love of community is what Canada is all about.
Let me assure the people of Ottawa that we have no intent to stay one day longer than necessary. Our departure will be based on the Prime Minister doing what is right: ending all mandates and restrictions on our freedoms. We also want to thank the thousands of people who have so generously donated to this protest on Go Fund Me. Over the past three days our accountants and lawyers have been working hard to deal with the legal details. This morning, our lawyer sent all the details that they have asked for. I am confident that Go Fund Me has all the information needed to immediately lift the suspension they put on our campaign. I am hoping to hear from Go Fund Me soon, so that we can get the money to the truckers and keep our protest for freedom moving forward. I will be providing regular updates. I want to thank all Canadians from the bottom of my heart for our quest to restore our freedom. Thank you.”
Then a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who resigned after 15 years in opposition to the mandates, stepped forward. His name is Daniel Bulford and he now seems to be working fulltime for the Freedom Convoy. As former law enforcement, he was able to assure that the heavy police presence, barricades and the like were standard practice for large scale events. The protesters are working with police to ensure access for emergency vehicles. Bulford also addressed the supposed “desecration” of a war memorial and a statue of Terry Fox. The protestors are providing 24 hour protection of these sites; at night volunteers sleep nearby in tents to make sure nobody vandalizes them. He also said that he has it on “very reliable information” that three people arrested recently were outside agitators. The truckers and supporters are feeding the homeless, have brought a trailer full of food to a homeless shelter and are cleaning the streets, shoveling snow and doing regular garbage collections.
These people have their act together, plenty of money, widespread support and show no sign of backing down. Time for Justin to face the music.