The Canadian Freedom Convoy protest against Covid restrictions is problematic, argues Emily Leedham of Jacobin Magazine. It presents itself as a people's movement for workers' rights when, in reality, it fights for right-wing special interests. Several entities involved in the protest have ties to right-wing and white nationalist hate groups. They have shown little interest in protecting workers' rights, ignoring many of the labor issues plaguing Canadian truckers, such as worker safety and wage theft. This is not a grassroots movement led by workers, but an effort by a small pro-business minority to air their political grievances, with little care for the actual rights of truckers.
Canada's truckers are justified in protesting for their freedom, asserts David Marcus of Fox News. They are being unfairly demonized when they are simply threatening to strike over the issues they care about. Still, it is being smeared as a white supremacist movement or as being fueled by outside agitators. This is not true. The people on the ground in freezing temperatures prove that. They care about their freedom and disagree with the government's restrictions. Those ideas are not the product of American interference. The biggest issue with this strike is the fact that when trucking stops, the economy comes to a standstill. Their voices and concerns should be listened to.