Thank you truckers

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying thank you to the demonstrators who paralyzed a city or export routes. I say thank you to the truckers who truck, those who transport the goods essential to our lives.

Unfortunately, in public parlance, we have just spent three weeks using the term “the truckers” to refer to convoys of noisy protesters who have caused costly trouble. While it is true that this protest movement started with truckers, it has become something completely different.

Let’s talk about truckers. There are over 300,000 in Canada. The few thousand who made a point of making their voices heard in demonstrations represent less than 5% of the total. However, of this number, the vast majority made their voices heard in a peaceful demonstration and then returned to normal life.

Those who have settled into permanent lockdowns represent a tiny fraction of that 5%. In short, the demonstrators that we spontaneously call “truckers” represent less than 1% of all truckers.

They work !

Imagine that the others are working! They transport goods. And they are doing demanding work in conditions that the pandemic has made even more difficult. I remember the testimony of a trucker, at the worst of one of the waves, who struggled to find places to go to the bathroom or get a coffee because all the establishments were closed.

With supply chains weakened during the pandemic, the company found itself highly dependent on truckers.

These had to overcome complications and work around obstacles to supply tablets to consumers.

They have also kept the economy running and jobs preserved.

Many truckers experience a lot of frustration when they hear what is being said around the demonstrations.

Negative comments generated by the behavior of a small minority cast a shadow over the work of others. And above all, lead public opinion to criticize the truckers as a whole rather than show their appreciation for the work accomplished.

real problems

They are also frustrated by noting that the great cause of the truckers would have become the refusal of the vaccine. However, the vast majority of vaccinated truckers have nothing to wax about this complaint. Which doesn’t mean they wouldn’t have more important cases to argue.

Truckers are experiencing problems. In Quebec, rest stops are shabby. Insurance costs have skyrocketed. Same thing for fuel. For many independent truckers, these are major irritants. Many raise the issues of family-work balance, others are struggling with health problems related to the trade.

In short, a good 95% of truckers experience the worst of both worlds. You suffer public impatience because your profession is associated with great inconvenience. But your real issues aren’t even on the table.

To the truckers who are at work, let’s say thank you.

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