The convoys shook Canadians’ confidence in their public institutions and led Trudeau to invoke never-before-used emergency powers to quell protests. Marco Mendicino, Trudeau’s public safety minister, warned that some members of the movement are following far-right ideology in an effort to overthrow the government.
An X-factor in the story could be the enthusiastic support, financial injections and widespread attention that the convoy attracts from the United States. Americans sent millions of dollars to help fund the Canadian movement, which took on a cross-border anti-government note. .
And in the liberal Justin Trudeau, they found a perfect punching bag.
Former President Donald Trump has beefed up the convoy campaign against what he called the tough Covid-19 policies of ‘far-left crazed Justin Trudeau’. This week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has publicly supported the movement, compared Trudeau to Adolf Hitler in a since-deleted tweet.
Other notable Americans who have supported the Canadian convoys include Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the senator. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Donald Trump Jr. and Fox News host Tucker Carlson — who used his platform to hammer Trudeau and promote the trucker protests.
Lindell arrives at the party late, but loud. He says he is trying to offer his support for the movement by donating the pillows for protesters and their children, who are camped out in Ottawa and facing what appears to be imminent eviction. The shipments include “Bible” pillows, which he says feature scenes such as Noah’s Ark.
“We just want to give them some comfort while they’re up there because everyone’s behind them,” Lindell said.
But the Minnesota business owner’s quest to get his pillows into Canada hit a snag days ago before he could truck them across the border.
Lindell says his company didn’t have the correct permit to enter Canada, but he insists the paperwork issue was sorted out on Thursday. The pillow delivery is expected to arrive soon on trucks crossing upstate New York, he added.
At least one media report this week said Lindell himself was stopped at the border. He called the report a “lie”.
Lindell then bragged about misleading a reporter on Wednesday by telling him he planned to drop the pillows in Canada from a helicopter with small parachutes.
“I punked it,” Lindell said, with a chuckle.
Lindell says he is disgusted by Trudeau’s decision this week to invoke the Emergencies Act to quell protests.
The law immediately gave the authorities the possibility, for example, to apply severe penalties for certain types of public assemblies and to take more forceful measures in an attempt to cut off funding for the movement.
With their new powers in hand, police in the capital warned protesters to leave or face arrest.
Officers began closing in on protesters and the hundreds of trucks crowding downtown. Early Thursday, police erected fences and barricades around key sites, including public lands around Parliament Hill.
“Action is imminent,” Acting Ottawa Police Chief Steve Bell told reporters Thursday. “We are fed up with what is happening on our streets.”
Bell, who took over the top job in the force after Peter Sloly resigned earlier this week, also said police had set up a perimeter with nearly 100 checkpoints to prevent others from joining. to the “illegal” demonstration.
Trudeau and his government, Lindell insists, are trying to destroy the great country of Canada.
“You went from socialism in Canada to communism,” he said. “I hope you are at a crossroads and can get your country back.”