I'm pondering a much longer piece about this, but I will throw this out right now -- what is happening in Ottawa and in Coutts, Alberta should scare the living shit out of normal Canadians, because it represents a really, really ugly and frightening development related to Canadian fascism.
I submit that these blockades have nothing to do with vaccine mandates -- never have, never will. What they represent is a "trial run" to demonstrate that, if you can make enough people angry, then harness that anger and point them in whatever direction you want, they have absolutely nothing to fear from either the cops or the RCMP.
And that is exactly what they just proved.
Until now, when Canada's right-wing propagandists like Rebel News, True North Centre, Post Millennial, JCCF and other bottom-dwelling white nationalists encouraged and organized public confrontations, one could at least assume that, if things got out of hand, law enforcement would always be ready to step in and put a stop to it.
If this was a "normal" protest, then there would have been angry truckers, and they would have showed up for a couple days, and honked their horns, and finally got tired and gone home. But this time, things were different. This time, all of this anger was encouraged and funded, with these right-wing outlets exhorting truckers to stand tough, and stay the course, and not back down, and so on, and so on, and the goal here was surprisingly obvious: It was to prove that, if you collect enough angry people, and give them fawning press coverage, and make them feel important, and subsidize them via fundraisers to the point where they're just not going to back down, then the cops and the RCMP will totally throw up their hands and walk away.
This was not a "protest"; it was a trial run to prove, once and for all, that right-wing mob rule will trump law enforcement and, having proven that beyond even the slightest doubt, none of Canada's fascists are even the teeniest bit scared of the cops anymore. They came, they saw, and they put the fear into Ottawa Police Services and, for the first time, they know that they can do that whenever they want.
This is not going to end well.
AFTERSNARK: Snippet from first commenter:
And now the Saskatchewan legislature is seeing the exact same thing happen there this weekend…a bunch of fascists organizing what they are calling a “trucker convoy” without a permit (which they are very proud about) and they have openly stated they will be blocking streets and access to the legislative building.
And I'm willing to bet that, having seen the embarrassing ineffectiveness and cowardice of both the RCMP and Ottawa Police Services, they have absolutely no fear of pushback by law enforcement. This would seem to be the perfect experiment to see if what I've written above is accurate.