For the past couple of weeks I have been following with great interest the activities of the truckers in Canada. I chose to watch live-stream videos (Ottawalks, Zoke, etc.) rather than follow the activities on the legacy or main-stream media. I preferred to observe the raw footage that was provided, so that I did not have to listen to any particular ideology or political philosophy which is often dictated by various commentators and pundits.
Since the truckers’ situation apparently pertained to the country directly north of us, I think I am relatively objective in what I see, without being directly tied to their political system. Day after day the truckers’ situation in Ottawa (their nation’s Capital) seemed to gain strength and momentum. The protest was overwhelmingly peaceful. Demonstrators picked up trash, shoveled snow, fed the people, handed out hand warmers and actually protected various national monuments (after some fringe agitators tried to “desecrate” them). The protest resembled more of a block party, rather than a violent protest. I saw music and dancing, fireworks, and flags from the various provinces around Canada. When truckers and others were interviewed, they mostly appeared to be hard-working, family-loving people, from mixed ethnic backgrounds, who were fed up with the government mandates and restrictions they had experienced for the past couple of years. I saw truckers praying the Our Father together and people singing the Canadian national anthem with patriotic pride. Canadian flags appeared everywhere. The bottom line of the demonstration was pure and simple: People want their freedom back. Do away with the restrictive mandates.
Fr. Ed Namiotka