From the conclusion of an extraordinary piece of writing by a senior civil servant who lives in downtown Ottawa. I encourage you to read the whole thing.
As I finally made my way back home, after talking to dozens of truckers into the night, I realized I met someone from every province except PEI. They all have a deep love for this country. They believe in it. They believe in Canadians.
These are the people that Canada relies on to build its infrastructure, deliver its goods, and fill the ranks of its military in times of war. The overwhelming concern they have is that the vaccine mandates are creating an untouchable class of Canadians.
They didn’t make high-falutin arguments from Plato’s Republic, Locke’s treatises, or Bagehot’s interpretation of Westminster parliamentary systems. Instead, they see their government willing to push a class of people outside the boundaries of society, deny them a livelihood, and deny them full membership in the most welcoming country in the world; and they said enough.
Last night I learned my new neighbours are not a monstrous faceless occupying mob. They are our moral conscience reminding us – with every blow of their horns – what we should have never forgotten: We are not a country that makes an untouchable class out of our citizens.
And on the other side, here’s a disturbing analysis via Matt Gurney’s Twitter feed.
So here's where I think we are, this Saturday evening.
1. Ottawa has lost control of itself. Most of the crowd seems non-violent, even cheerful, but the city isn't in control of its territory, so the general non-violence is really just a lucky break.
— Matt Gurney (@mattgurney) February 6, 2022