Second Peace Region Freedom Truck Rally scheduled for Saturday

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The second truck rally in the Peace region showing support for truckers on their way to …

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The second truck rally in the Peace region showing support for truckers on their way to Ottawa to protest vaccine mandates in Canada will take place on Saturday.

The “Freedom Convoy Greeting Rally” is scheduled to leave Tumbler Ridge at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The convoy will then drive through Dawson Creek at 10 a.m. and will arrive in Fort St. John at approximately 12 p.m.

Residents are then invited to join those who participated in the convoy at the rally in Charlie Lake, at 13076 Firehall Road, for music and keynote speakers.

Residents in the Peace aren’t the only ones showing their support for those involved in the convoy headed to Ottawa.

A GoFundMe page started by Tamara Lich – a member of the board of directors for the Maverick Party- has raised over six million dollars.

The fundraising campaign had been put on hold by GoFundMe earlier this week until Thursday when the organization said it be releasing $1 million of the funds.

GoFundMe said Thursday that a plan had been presented to them to provide gas for those travelling to Ottawa.

A spokesperson for the fundraising platform said they halted the campaign until organizers could provide a plan stating how the funds would be distributed.

According to the National Post, the “Freedom Convoy 2022” campaign’s description initially claimed that funds raised would be given to truckers to cover the cost of fuel for those participating in the convoy.

However, the description was changed on Sunday to say that an arrangement had been made with GoFundMe to send the funds directly to a bulk fuel supplier and that leftover funds would be donated to a veterans organization.

This isn’t the only inconsistency in regards to the Freedom Convoy.

In a post on the Freedom Convoy 2022 Facebook page, the organization says the trucking convoy is “anti-government mandates,” explaining they oppose any vaccine mandates, not just the one imposed on truckers. However, that message has become more unclear as the movement gains traction.

Organizers have pushed back on those making inciteful or violent comments, saying that it goes against their message of keeping the protest peaceful.

“This is about your rights and freedoms, and we are not here to be violent or anything like that,” Lich said.

In a statement on Saturday, The Canadian Trucking Alliance said that it strongly disapproves of any protests taking place on public roads, highways, or bridges.

“CTA believes such actions – especially those that interfere with public safety – are not how disagreements with government policies should be expressed. Members of the trucking industry who want to publicly express displeasure over government policies can choose to hold an organized, lawful event on Parliament Hill or contact their local MP,” the organization said.

An organization involved in the convoy, Canada Unity, has put together a  “memorandum of understanding” that they plan to present to Governor-General May Simon and the Senate, which they falsely believe would force the government to have to rescind COVID-19 public health measures, or resign.

In a statement on Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that nearly 90 per cent of Canadian truckers have been vaccinated.

With files from The National Post.

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