Meet the Extremists and Social Media Influencers at the Centre of the Far-Right Siege of Ottawa - 2022-02-08
The fact remains 90% of Canadian truckers are vaccinated and the rules being protested only impact a small minority of truckers that do regular cross-border routes. Canada's trucking industry had been vocal in disavowing the convoy well before they arrived in Ottawa as their extremism became clear.
While some, like Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre, have sought to downplay extremist elements within the protests as just a few bad apples, many of the group's organizers and participants are drawn from the same old cast of characters.
In many cases, participants are the same people who've opposed public health measures throughout the pandemic and, more recently, stalked Justin Trudeau at campaign stops and protested at hospitals during last year's federal election.