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Supply Chain Problems Are Going to Get Worse Now That Truckers Are Protesting Mandates – Opinion

Politicians imposing mandates on people under the pretext of safety seems to have devastating consequences. The politician is not the problem, though. It is for all those they wish to assist.


Forced mandates are a hot topic in our country, as well as across the border to Canada, so it’s going to be very exciting.

First up let’s see what we had going on here in the nation’s capital Sunday, as my colleague, Nick Arama touched on here —  Anti-Mandate Rally: Thousands Attend in DC

Permits were approved for approximately 20,000 people by the National Park Services. People marched to and from the Washington Monument to Lincoln Memorial to listen to speeches. The number of federal employees who oppose mandates is estimated to exceed 6,000. The mandate imposed upon private firms with 100 or more employees by the SCOTUS was struck down and a Texas federal court overturned the mandate on federal worker.

D.C. now requires vaccinations in order to enter local restaurants. This may pose a problem for thousands of people who came from all over the country.

Nick said that while the regulations in restaurants around town are quite annoying, they could soon become a thing of the past. It appears that the U.S. and Canadian Federal governments placed restrictions on trucks crossing borders carrying goods. Many of these truckers are not complying and will remain home. That means that food won’t be getting to those restaurants and your local grocery stores.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeaus’ government dropped the hammer on Canadian truckers being mandated to be poked last January 15th and Joe Biden ordered the same for truckers here this past Saturday the 22nd.

Canadian truckers seem not to take this seriously, says an article.

Starting at National Post

“We are taking our fight to the doorsteps of our Federal Government and demanding that they cease all mandates against its people,” wrote Go Fund Me organizer Tamara Lich. “Small businesses are being destroyed, homes are being destroyed, and people are being mistreated and denied fundamental necessities to survive.”

Canadian truckers gathered in Ottawa on Tuesday to protest the mandate. This comes amid industry turmoil, including disruptions in the supply chain as well as a shortage drivers.
According to Canadian Trucking Alliance, the federal mandate for vaccines could lead to 12,000-16,000 loss of cross-border drivers.
January 15th was the effective date. Canadian truckers will need to show proof that they have been immunized in order to be able avoid COVID-19 testing at their destination. Also, when returning from the United States they must quarentine. Unvaccinated truckers in the USA will be denied entry.

A group of truck drivers blocked traffic and protested at the US-Manitoba International Border on Wednesday.

Now let’s take a step back and think about this.

Everything you own was moved by truck from your home to a shop or warehouse. During this past holiday season, the “official” reason we were given for shortages was that ships sitting offshore were not getting offloaded fast enough because of labor shortages at the docks.

What happens if there aren’t enough trucks available to transport the food or material?

According to The United States Trade RepresentativeMost of our trade is done with neighbors in the north.

Canada currently ranks 2nd in goods trading with $612.1 million (two-way) trades during 2019. The value of goods exported was $292.6 billion and imports were $319.4 million. In 2019, the U.S. trade deficit in goods with Canada stood at $26.8 million.

This gentleman says that FacebookWhile he claims to be able to run two trips per week from Canada through Florida, there is no shortage of people who do not want to follow Trudeau’s orders.

It sounds more like truckers are hauling cargo than it is. Truckers from across Canada will be heading to Ottawa, where they will inform their government that truckers from other countries (which, if I recall correctly, is a large country in land terms) have not given up on this idea. You can find the Facebook page Ottawa, ConvoyAlready has nearly 300k followers, and receives multiple updates every day on the progress being made to combat this.

I wonder how long it will take for American truckers to get vocal. While I do know some are already vocalizing their support, perhaps because the Canadian government had already made the request one week prior to our north neighbors who were well-prepared for organizing.

Truckers are the backbone of both of our countries’ economies and just like with your back, if you get a kink in it, stuff gets pretty uncomfortable. You may feel paralyzed if you break your backbone.

We are likely to have to live in rougher times if a large number of international truckers, from one country or the other, decide not to tell Washington and Ottawa.

It might be time for Smokey and The Bandit to take a break and think back to when we were having the most trouble sneaking Coors from Texas to Georgia.

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