Hundreds of truckers in Canada who are protesting vaccine mandates have shut down bridges and borders and brought the nation’s capital Ottawa to a near standstill. The protest began in late January when a convoy of trucks began traveling from western Canada to Ottawa. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has demanded that the protesters go home, but the truckers and their supporters show no signs of leaving. Meanwhile, copycat protests have emerged in France, New Zealand and Australia and there are talks about organizing a similar demonstration in the U.S. We’ll talk about the protest and its implications.
Trucker Convoy Protest in Canada Continues and Inspires Copycats
A man holds a sign as truck drivers and their supporters gather to block the streets as part of a convoy of truck protesters against COVID-19 mandates on February 09, 2022 in Ottawa, Ontario. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Emma Jacobs, reporter, NPR; has covered the Ottawa protests on the ground
Steve Reilly, investigative reporter, Grid News
Andrew Cohen, journalist and associate professor of journalism and communications at Carleton University, Ottawa