A convoy of truckers began their march from Vancouver on Sunday to the Canadian capital metropolis of Ottawa protesting the government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for truckers, which the trade says would create driver shortages and gas inflation.

Truckers beneath the banner Freedom Convoy 2022 had raised C$2.7 million ($2.2 million) by Sunday by means of a gofundme marketing campaign to struggle the mandate. The funds raised could be used to assist with the prices of gas, meals and lodgings, the gofundme web page stated. The convoy is anticipated to attain Ottawa on Jan. 29.

The trucking trade is significant to guarantee clean circulate of products since greater than two-thirds of the C$650 billion ($521 billion) in items traded yearly between Canada and the United States travels on roads.

But as many as 32,000, or 20%, of the 160,000 Canadian and American cross-border truck drivers could also be taken off the roads due to the mandate, the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) estimates. learn extra

The CTA, nonetheless, stated in an announcement on Saturday it doesn’t help any protests on public highway methods and the one approach to cross the border on a business truck is by getting vaccinated.

Canada imposed the vaccine mandate for the trucking trade from Jan. 15, beneath which unvaccinated Canadian truckers re-entering Canada from the United States should get examined for COVID-19 and quarantine themselves.

Driver shortages are additionally anticipated to gas red-hot inflation which is operating at a three-decade excessive, trade foyer teams gave stated.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has resisted trade stress to delay the mandate because it was first introduced in November.


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