MP Cheryl Gallant has come out in support of the “Freedom Convoy” of trucks passing through Renfrew County this afternoon on their way to a massive protest in Ottawa on the weekend.
In a social media post earlier Friday, Gallant said she is looking forward to greeting the convoy this afternoon when it arrives at Irving’s Big Stop in Pembroke.
The convoy was originally scheduled to arrive in Pembroke at 4:30 pm but has been running late Friday after leaving Blind River this morning.
The current estimated time of arrival is 7-7:30 pm.
The convoy will continue on to Arnprior tonight before entering Ottawa Saturday.
The County of Renfrew has warned of “significant delays” on Highway 17 as the convoy passes through, and has closed White Lake Road in Arnprior to minimize traffic when the trucks leave the highway to park at the Antrim Truck Stop.
The road is expected to be closed from 4 pm until midnight, with additional lane closures anticipated Saturday morning to “prioritize truck access to Highway 17.”
“Travel times through this area will be significantly impacted and travelers are advised to use alternate routes if able – thank you in advance for your co-operation,” the county said in a statement.
In her post Friday morning, Gallant said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “dealt our vulnerable supply chain another blow” this month by requiring truck drivers who cross the US border to provide proof of vaccination.
“Imposed at a time when we are already seeing supply chain shortages and skyrocketing inflation, the Prime Minister has implemented a mandate that has left tens of thousands of truckers unable to work. This Liberal policy puts our food security at risk,” Gallant said.
“Conservatives have always supported Canadians’ right to determine their own health choices. We continue to advocate for reasonable measures, such as rapid testing to help protect everyone, especially the most vulnerable,” she added.
“Throughout the pandemic, truckers have safely provided Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast with the food and essential supplies they need. While truckers were safely transporting food to Canadians, Trudeau flew overseas flouting masks and social distancing measures.
“The Liberals should be working with truckers – not against them. Justin Trudeau needs to take responsibility for once again trying to divide Canadians and stoke fear.”
Gallant said the prime minister must “stop misleading Canadians about the risk posed by those who reject his arbitrary decrees.”
“I support all our local Ottawa Valley truckers, together with those from across Canada, and continue to support every Canadian’s right to peacefully and lawfully protest.
“My heart is swelling with joy at the widespread support for the women and men who are on the road to remind the Prime Minister: A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.”
(Photo: Cheryl Gallant)
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