(Natural News) The deeper we get into the COVID-19 pandemic, the more authoritarian Western “democracies” are becoming, as evidenced this weekend by the government of Nova Scotia, Canada, which has barred displays of support along highways for truckers engaged in protesting the country’s vaccine mandate.
As drivers taking part in the “Freedom Convoy” made their way to the Canadian capital of Ottawa, the provincial government made it illegal for people to gather along the highway so they could show support for the protest, Fox News reported.
Specifically, the edict prohibited supporters of both the Freedom Convoy and another protest, known as Atlantic Hold the Line, from gathering alongside Highway 104, along the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border, allegedly because “allowing people to gather in those areas would put themselves and others at risk.”
“My message to anyone planning a blockade of a highway is — don’t do it,” Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston said last week, according to the Toronto Star. “Nova Scotians have no patience for highway blockades and, personally … I have even less, so just don’t do it.”
Violators face fines between $3,000 and $10,000, while corporations could be fined between $20,000 and $100,000, Fox News added.
According to CBC News, the edict lasts for at least two weeks, through Feb. 6, for the time being, extending the tyranny for as long as necessary to crush free speech.
Fox News noted further:
The Freedom Convoy left from Vancouver for Ottawa last Sunday to protest the federal government’s vaccine mandates for cross-border truckers, which took effect on Jan. 15. The Canadian Trucking Alliance estimates that roughly 15% of truckers in the country are not fully vaccinated, or about 16,000 truck drivers.
But not all Canadian premiers share Houston’s tyrannical views: Scott Moe, the premier of Saskatchewan, has issued a statement in support of the Freedom Convoy, according to The Daily Wire.
He began by thanking truckers across the country who are continuing to do their jobs, and have continued to do them, throughout the pandemic.
“THANK YOU for delivering the food and household products we all use every day, the parts and equipment that keep our farms and industries running, and every other kind of goods and products you can imagine,” Moe wrote. “If you bought something today, a trucker delivered it. So THANK YOU!”
“You also deserve a special thank you for everything you have done over the past two years, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he continued. “In the early days of the pandemic, when we did not know much about COVID-19, we shut a lot of things down and asked most people to stay home.
“But not truckers. We asked you to keep working, despite the risk, because of how much we rely on you to keep our shelves stocked, our economy going, and our communities open,” Moe added.
He then praised the response from truckers, the majority of whom continued working even as the pandemic spread.
“Truckers stepped up and kept on hauling, they crossed provincial borders and they crossed the US border. You did this prior to rapid tests, prior to early intervention treatments and prior to vaccines. You took the necessary precautions, you kept yourselves and those around you safe, and you delivered the things the people in Saskatchewan needed to live,” he added.
Moe then addressed the vax mandate.
“Vaccination does not keep you from contracting COVID-19, but it does prevent most people from becoming seriously ill. That is why I will continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated, because I do not want any of you to become seriously ill.” Moe wrote.
“However, the current federal policy does pose a significant risk to Canada’s economy and to the supply chain in our Saskatchewan communities, where you and I live. This federal policy will increase the cost of living, which is now rising at a rate that is creating significant hardship for many Canadians,” Moe concluded.
“That is why my government supports your call to end the cross-border ban on unvaccinated truckers and it is why, in the not-too-distant future, our government will be ending our proof of negative test/proof of vaccination policy in Saskatchewan.”