A convoy of truckers and supporting residents are reportedly protesting the federal governments COVID-19 vaccine mandate for cross border truckers at the Emerson border crossing.
One trucker says trucks there will be delays at the crossing while a slow-roll protest is all lanes of traffic. The trucks are taking a circular route that loops back in on itself on MB HWY 75 while blasting horns in opposition to the federal government.
“Truck drivers are circling MB-75 between Emerson Duty Free and the Commercial Inspection station blocking all lanes heading south to the United States and Northbound traffic coming from the USA,” Throp said.
According to a number of reports, organizers plan to keep the protest going all day Monday and may even extend it into Tuesday if they can get enough trucks involved.
Up to 26,000 Canadian and American truck drivers who regularly move crucial supplies across international borders will be impacted by the Liberal mandate, potentially triggering nationwide shortages and putting a burden on the already weak supply system.
This is not the only day trucker protests are set to take place. There is reports of more truckers joining in the vaccine mandate protest in the coming days. Truckers in British Columbia are set to roll out and join the protest on January 23, 2022 in a convoy to Ottawa and along the way more truckers will be joining the cross country drive.