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Canadian Provincial Head Backs ‘Freedom Convoy,’ Pledges To End Vaccine Mandate

Last updated on January 31, 2022

The leader of a Canadian province expressed his support for the “Freedom Convoy” trucker protest currently underway in Canada, and pledged to end vaccine mandates in his province.

Scott Moe, the premier of Saskatchewan, issued a letter Saturday endorsing the convoy, which was organized to protest Canada’s vaccine mandate.

Moe began his letter by thanking truckers across the country for helping the nation’s economy continue to function during the COVID-19 pandemic. “THANK YOU for delivering the food and household products we all use every day, the parts and equipment that keep our farms and industries running, and every other kind of goods and products you can imagine,” Moe wrote. “If you bought something today, a trucker delivered it. So THANK YOU!”

“You also deserve a special thank you for everything you have done over the past two years, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Moe continued. “In the early days of the pandemic, when we did not know much about COVID-19, we shut a lot of things down and asked most people to stay home. But not truckers. We asked you to keep working, despite the risk, because of how much we rely on you to keep our shelves stocked, our economy going, and our communities open.”

Moe championed the response from truckers, who continued to work during the pandemic. “Truckers stepped up and kept on hauling, they crossed provincial borders and they crossed the US border. You did this prior to rapid tests, prior to early intervention treatments and prior to vaccines. You took the necessary precautions, you kept yourselves and those around you safe, and you delivered the things the people in Saskatchewan needed to live.”
Moe clarified his position on vaccines, writing that he is fully-vaccinated and boosted. He also said that while the vaccine did not prevent him from contracting COVID-19, he believed it prevented him from becoming seriously sick. “My experience was similar to many other vaccinated people,” Moe wrote. “Vaccination does not keep you from contracting COVID-19, but it does prevent most people from becoming seriously ill. That is why I will continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated, because I do not want any of you to become seriously ill.” Moe continued, speaking about COVID-19 transmission rates as it pertains to risk.
“However, the current federal policy does pose a significant risk to Canada’s economy and to the supply chain in our Saskatchewan communities, where you and I live. This federal policy will increase the cost of living, which is now rising at a rate that is creating significant hardship for many Canadians,” Moe concluded. “That is why my government supports your call to end the cross-border ban on unvaccinated truckers and it is why, in the not-too-distant future, our government will be ending or proof of negative test/proof of vaccination policy in Saskatchewan.”

Moe’s support comes as the province of Nova Scotia made it illegal to gather on the interprovincial highway to support the convoy. The Daily Wire reported that the government of Nova Scotia issued a directive that would impose severe fines on individuals or groups who attempted to gather on highways in support of the convoy. “The directive also applies to people who stop or gather alongside Highway 104, the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border, or at the Cobequid Pass toll area in support of the 2022 Freedom Convoy, the Atlantic Hold the Line event, or others organized to interfere with traffic,” a news release said. “Allowing people to gather in those areas would put themselves and others at risk.”

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