The protest convoy carries a combustible load. Politicians can exploit it — or confront it | CBC News

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2022-01-29 12:15:00 PM

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The Conservative leader is calling on all sides to 'take the temperature down.' But if the temperature needs lowering, it's all the more unfortunate that the words and actions of some Conservative MPs have contributed to raising it.

. It may have been inevitable. But it's still up to Canadians and their leaders to find a way to muddle through.People attend a demonstration called by the French nationalist party "Les Patriotes" (The Patriots), to protest France's COVID-19 vaccine pass in Paris on January 22, 2022.

(Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)In his own comments this week, Trudeau emphasized the importance of vaccination and described the convoy (parts of it, at least) as a "small fringe minority" with "unacceptable" views. His government has shown no interest in changing its policy. (Even if it did, it would have to also persuade the Americans to do likewise for any change to really matter.)

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O'Toole can speak only for himself. He is a disaster for the real conservatives. Disgusting! Time for O'Toole to resign for lack of integrity on so many levels!!! NOW!!! Cbc fomenting a false narrative O’Toole needs to step aside. That guy can’t take a firm stance on anything. Hand over the reigns to Mr. Poilievre. A true patriot 🇨🇦

It's nice that the protesters in Canada got a shoutout from Trump. Too much right wing media from the USA making it's way to stupid Canadians. ErinOToole & the CPC have lost all credibility & I'm a supporter. This is not about freedom. TruckersConvoy2022 KarenKonvoy CBC Weak leadership, PierrePoilievre needs to take the wheel. cndpoli

It's obvious that Otoole has no foot hold as leader of CPC I think O'Toole is mistaken in his belief that he can sway these people. When he is stoking the fires, sure they will cheer him, but as soon as he appeals to reason, he lose them. Impeach Justine Trudeau! Trudeau, during your 3rd term, set-up a new charity & called it THEY, & if something happened again, tell media & Canadians “THEY” did it not “WE!”

'Freedom convoy' needs to lose extreme rhetoric, says association head as truckers reach Toronto | CBC NewsAs the convoy of trucks opposed to a federal vaccine mandate makes its way through the Toronto area, the president of one trucking organization says the protest's original message has been hijacked by far-right or extreme rhetoric. Extreme rhetoric is anything the CBCNews disagrees with. Horse has already left that barn. Interesting to see the CBC (& by extension the current government) already in the 3rd stage of grief - Bargaining 1. Denial 2. Anger 3. Bargaining 4. Depression 5. Acceptance

Trudeau's mother officially became the only Canadian woman whose husband and son both become prime ministers for 2 & 3 terms, respectively! Says the guy who met with asshats holding 'Fuck Trudeau' flags, thus legitimizing their cause Ottawa Police Service reporting no incidents at this time. This could turn into a super protest... as in spreader.

O'Toole owns it if things go south. Fake news as always. Most Canadians agree with the truckers 'Sorry - we have a problem'? Perhaps it's just you with the problem!

Police on guard against 'lone wolves' as protest convoy arrives in Ottawa | CBC NewsOttawa's police chief says officials are watching for 'social media actors' and 'lone wolves' who might try to infiltrate this weekend's convoy protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Lone nuts, you mean. Good. That's what is needed. There are far too many people in Ottawa right now that would benefit from this turning violent. This would only play into CBCNews & Trudeau little game of division

Health minister says vaccines are not 'the enemy' as protest convoy descends on Ottawa | CBC NewsHealth Minister Jean-Yves Duclos defended his government's vaccination push Friday as a convoy of protesters opposed to vaccine mandates prepares to descend on Ottawa this weekend. Well at least he’s flexible in his single solution or nothing approach. Keeping the dictatorship alive. if the vax worked as advertised you might have a point. Heck if all the truckers were heading to Ottawa to get the vaccine I might actually support them. But they're not. So F them.

Erin O'Toole plans to meet with truckers protesting vaccine mandates in Ottawa | CBC NewsConservative Leader Erin O'Toole said Thursday he will meet with truckers taking part in a protest against vaccine mandates set for this weekend on Parliament Hill — but does not plan to meet with the actual organizers of the convoy. Of course he will. He needs to beg for their votes bc they’re being purged to PPC. CBCNews As apposed to Justin Trudeau “2022 Hide and Seek World Champion” TrudeauMustGo

Coronavirus Update: Ottawa police preparing as truckers’ protest convoy nears OttawaJan. 27: Security forces on Parliament Hill are preparing for up to 10,000 protesters to set up camp in downtown Ottawa this weekend to push back against lockdowns and vaccination mandates Normal for any protest. They'll be liasing with protestor leads, RCMP, RCMP VIP, and have a team in sheilds ready to roll. All normal. God Bless these Truckers If these men fail - Canada will be gone forever. Hire back our nurses, healthcare workers, truckers, all who have been illegally fired. If you support mandates you are NOT Canadian, your are a 1930’s German. Forget the police. War measures act just like daddy. Get ready to take these idiots down with the Canadian military. FreedomConvoy2022 vaccinate

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several European countries . It may have been inevitable. But it's still up to Canadians and their leaders to find a way to muddle through. People attend a demonstration called by the French nationalist party "Les Patriotes" (The Patriots), to protest France's COVID-19 vaccine pass in Paris on January 22, 2022. (Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters) In his own comments this week, Trudeau emphasized the importance of vaccination and described the convoy (parts of it, at least) as a "small fringe minority" with "unacceptable" views. His government has shown no interest in changing its policy. (Even if it did, it would have to also persuade the Americans to do likewise for any change to really matter.) During last year's election, Trudeau called out the extreme views expressed by some of the protesters attending his campaign events, hurling invective (and, in one instance, stones) in his direction. But he was more nuanced in his comments after public safety concerns forced him to cancel a campaign event in Bolton, Ontario . That evening, Trudeau said that "anger" needed to be met with "compassion" and he acknowledged all leaders — himself included — needed to reflect on their own words and actions. Members of an RCMP security detail put their hands up to protect Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau from rocks as protesters shout and throw gravel during a campaign stop in London Ont., on Monday, September 6, 2021. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press) "One of the challenges we face right now is there seems to be a lot of concern that perhaps the desire to bring Canadians together is at odds with the desire and the responsibility we have to keep Canadians safe," Trudeau said. "Science tells us that the best way through this pandemic is to get vaccinated. That's how we end this. That's how we get back to normality that so many people so desperately want. So we have to stand strong for what we know to be true … "But we have to make sure we are hearing those real concerns and responding to them as best we can." "Real concerns" are generally worth hearing out. But one can debate how much compassion should be directed at this convoy. Ideally, cooler heads would prevail and the extremists would be marginalized. Canadians may have rallied over the last two years around the idea that we're stronger together. But the simple reality might be that not everyone is going to agree on the best way out of this pandemic. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Aaron Wherry Parliament Hill Bureau Aaron Wherry has covered Parliament Hill since 2007 and has written for Maclean's, the National Post and the Globe and Mail. He is the author of Promise & Peril, a book about Justin Trudeau's years in power.