Political insiders for Jan. 28: Ottawa police for truck avalanche; Erin O’Toole agrees to meet with the protesting truckers; the Conservative Party tried to find its footing
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It’s going to be swarm: Freedom Convoy organizers say protesters intends to shut down Ottawathe Mail reports. “The city is going to come to a standstill. Completely,” he said. Jason Laface. “When we first go in there, it will be everywhere and everywhere and everyone will be invaded.”
Ontario Provincial Police told the National Post they did not know how many trucks were in the various convoys, but Ottawa police said Wednesday they were preparing for the arrival of between 1,000 and 2,000 vehicles. Media reports suggested that about 400 vehicles — trucks and personal cars combined — were in the convoy from the west that assembled in Thunder Bay on Wednesday, while other convoys departed from southwestern Ontario and eastern Canada. It’s a far cry from the reports of tens of thousands of vehicles that have circulated on social media, but more than enough vehicles to cause traffic headaches in the city.
getting ready: Police and parliamentary security are bracing for up to 10,000 protesters, CP reports.
The group billing itself as Canada Unity is demanding that the Governor General and the Senate combine forces to order the federal government and all provincial and territorial governments to lift remaining COVID-19 restrictions, waive all fines and cancel “illegal” vaccine passports. There is nothing in the Constitution that gives the Governor General or the Senate the power to take such action. In a video posted on the group’s Facebook page, one follower said that “failure is not an option. Giving up is not an option.”
The deputies warned: sergeant at arms patrick mcdonell warned deputies in the national capital region that they could have protests outside their homes, CTV reports. In a memo to MPs, he suggested that if that happens, they should “go to a safe place”.
“Avoid physical altercations, even if provoked, close and lock all exterior doors, notify local authorities… [and] refrain from posting anything related to the demonstration on social media.”
deputy of the PND charlie angus I didn’t follow that advice.
A victory for the protesters: Ottawa Public Health closed vaccine clinics.
kidnaped: Protest convoy has been hijacked by the extreme right or extreme rhetoric, mike millianPresident of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, He said CBC: “We are seeing signs calling our government Communists and Nazis and comparing [the mandate] to the Holocaust. And if you’re comparing this to the Holocaust, you need to get informed.”
World record? Fox News in the United States has an optimistic report in what could be a record truck assembly.
Blame the journalists: financial critic of the CCP pierre polièvre criticized media coverage On twitter.
andrew macdougallformer director of communications for Stephen Harperhas a column at Citizenwarning Tories against dopamine hits on social media.
By all means, keep Trudeau busy on big issues like inflation, for which he has no answers, but for God’s sake stay away from issues where he has broad public support, like vaccines. Put down your dumb phones and listen to real people, whether in their homes, at your workplace, or in the aisles of the grocery store. As many as you can. Listen more than you speak. Governing is a deliberate act, not a dopaminergic pleasure cruise. Playing everything by clicks plunges you deeper into the electoral hole of the real world.
Ready to Meet: Erin O’Toole said Thursday that he will meet with truckers participating in the protest, CBC reports: “I will be meeting with the truckers, I will be meeting with parts of the convoy. I’ll try to do it outside of the Hill core so it can be done effectively.”
Law and order? Balloon editorialists write that O’Toole he has not done enough to distance his party from the mess falling on the capital.
Diminished: O’Toole is buying time after a post-election review found flaws in the Conservatives’ brand and data game, Global’s alex boutilier reports.
The message that came out of O’Toole’s field on Thursday was a plea for more time, to address perceived “branding” issues and build a new data set, an expensive and risky proposal, and to better familiarize Canadian voters. with O’. Toole instead of changing horses once more. But there is little doubt, even among O’Toole’s supporters, that the leader has waned since last September’s disappointing federal election results.
Free cards? The stars Stephanie Levitz reports the party is considering a proposal to make membership free.
Diversity: The Balloon reports that the party needs to “recruit a greater diversity of candidates and improve its ethnic outreach if it hopes to improve on last year’s results and make gains in Canada’s largest cities.”
popular free land: Speaking of leadership politics, a nano survey at Balloon finds that “25 percent of those surveyed said [Chrystia] Free Land he is best suited to carry the Liberal Party into the next election, compared to 18.4 per cent who said Mr. Trudeau would be their choice.”
Who helped? The RCMP is searching for members of a suspected human smuggling ring who helped smuggle a family from India who froze to death during an attempt to cross illegally into the United States, the Mail reports.
Abandoned influencers: James William Awad, organizer of a notorious Sunwing flight to Cancun, plans to sue the airline for refusing to take his group back to Montreal, CBC reports:: “Yes, we saw the videos, there were a few people partying on the plane. But what happened is that [the airlines] decided to put everyone in the same boat.”
— Stephen Maher