“Freedom Convoy” organizer Chris Barber says the preliminary objective of the protest was to get the federal authorities to hearken to truck drivers’ considerations about cross-border COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Barber, 47, is the primary of a number of organizers who will take the witness stand at the general public inquiry investigating the federal authorities’s invocation of the Emergencies Act.
Barber runs his personal trucking firm in Swift Current, Sask., and was greeted with a smattering of applause from spectators within the room.
He says he was contacted by a fellow truck driver, Brigitte Belton, about organizing some type of protest towards the mandates for truck drivers who cross the border between the United States and Canada.
After that, he says the plans got here collectively organically and shortly by way of social media.
Within two weeks, hundreds of vehicles and protesters arrived in downtown Ottawa, the place they finally blockaded metropolis streets for almost a month.
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Nov.1, 2022.