Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre took to Twitter on Thursday to slam the Canadian Prime Minister for his “attacks” on the trucking industry which have lead to empty shelves in grocery stores. Justin Trudeau’s policies have been blamed for rising prices across the country, described as ‘JustinFlation’ by Poilievre. A large convoy of angry truckers is heading to Ottawa to pressure the Trudeau government into reversing the mandate, and is set to arrive in the nation’s capital on Jan. 29.
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Pierre Poilievre, MP for the riding of Carleton, expressed his dismay at the Prime Minister’s recent decision to ban unvaccinated truck drivers from the country. Describing the situation as a “vaccine vendetta,” Poilievre took to Twitter to let his followers know he viewed Trudeau’s newly implemented policies as an “attack.” Poilievre ended the petition with his favourite hashtag: #JustinFlation. The term ‘JustinFlation’ was popularized after being used heavily in the blog The Post Millennial. Roberto Wakerell-Cruz, a writer for the blog, claimed he was the one that coined the term, but added “anyone could have thought of it.”
As of Jan. 15, Canadian border agents are denying entry to unvaccinated American truckers. Less than a week in, and the new policy is already causing chaos, particularly in fruit and vegetable markets, as reported by Bloomberg.
Roughly half of American truck drivers haven’t been jabbed. This is concerning, as approximately 90% of Canada’s fruits and vegetables come from the United States during the winter. Many Canadian grocery stores are struggling financially due to the Covid pandemic and resulting restrictions, and numerous stores across the country have decided to close down. With the current situation, many store owners are worried about running out of food. Grocery stores in Ottawa have already started running out of stock.
In response to Trudeau’s strict policies on truckers, a convoy of angry drivers plan on heading to Ottawa to bring the battle to the prime minister. Reports indicate over 1,000 truckers will be heading to the city, with plans to block major highways and the Canadian Parliament.
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