Central-Peace Notley MLA Todd Loewen will be joining the growing truck convoy to Ottawa. The independent MLA says he left the Edmonton region on Tuesday after deciding that it was time to turn words into action and do something to help a cause he believes in.
“I think it’s time for politicians to act, [as] there has been a lot of talk all along on a lot of different issues,” he says. “I want to be there with as many people as can show up in Ottawa to see if we can’t make a difference.”
The convoy, dubbed “Freedom Convoy 2022”, is rolling towards the Canadian capital looking to challenge the federal government’s mandatory vaccination policies for truckers crossing the border, among other concerns. Loewen says there have been movements like this in recent years, but the convoy currently en-route seems to be different.
“This one is a lot wider spread… the issues are, I don’t know if more concerning, but I think they’ve attracted a lot more attention of Canadians.”
“The people I’ve been talking to who are on the convoy, there are a bunch of good people, they’re there for the right reason, they want to have a peaceful, respectful rally in Ottawa and they want to gain some attention for the issues they’re concerned about,” he adds.
Loewen says when they arrive in Ottawa, he is hopeful that the message of a peaceful protest will remain steadfast.
“Of course, anything like this, bad actors are looking for any kind of opportunity they can, and obviously with a lot of people showing up, and the attention it’s created, there is definitely a chance bad actors will show up. I don’t think the actions of a few should paint the whole movement with the whole brush, and I think it would be irresponsible.”
The convoy of truckers and supporters is expected to arrive in Ottawa on Saturday.