The protesters may believe they should stay until pandemic restrictions are lifted. But they mustn’t overplay their hand — their tactics could actually delay what they hope to achieve, writes Aaron Wudrick in the Ottawa Citizen. The following is an excerpt of his article, which may be read in full here.
By Aaron Wudrick, February 9, 2022
For many of the more than 50 per cent of Canadians — myself included — who believe our governments should end vaccine mandates and lift most of the restrictions we have been forced to endure for nearly two years, the size of the convoy protest in Ottawa has served as further evidence that disquiet about governments’ pandemic intrusions on our freedoms is far from a fringe position.
But as much as organizers may feel they have gained the upper hand, tensions are building on the ground. The police are under enormous and growing pressure to act. Area residents are becoming increasingly frustrated, and a recent court injunction was issued to stop the disruptive horn-honking. As time ticks by, the odds of an ugly ending are rising.
Convoy supporters may believe they should stay until pandemic restrictions are lifted. But they mustn’t overplay their hand. As counterintuitive as it may sound, if they want both substantive and moral victories, they should pack up and leave.