Over $1 million raised to cover costs of anti-vaccine convoy protest
One movement, called Freedom Convoy 2022, is only a week old, but the Alberta organizer of a fundraising campaign to support the event has raised more than $1.4 million for the effort.
The campaign was started by Tamara Lich, a Medicine Hat woman who says she opposes federal government rules and regulations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the GoFundMe page, the money should be used to cover the cost of fuel, food and accommodation for protesters participating in the convoy.
By early Saturday afternoon, he raised $1,611,200.
Last week, the federal government said it had erred in saying it would exempt Canadian truckers from a vaccination mandate rule when crossing the Canada-US border.
Instead, Ottawa said the regulations would be in place for all truckers, regardless of their country of origin, to help combat the spread of the Omicron wave of COVID-19.
Many in the trucking industry protested the move, saying it would negatively impact shipping due to the additional requirement.
Others took their arguments one step further, joining a movement to drive to the nation’s capital to demonstrate on Parliament Hill in person, a move reminiscent of the action of the truckers who pushed Ottawa to supporting the oil and gas industry and the construction of pipelines. .
The 2022 Freedom Convoy is scheduled to stop in Calgary on Sunday evening and depart for Regina the following day.