A populist protest fed by social media and conspiracy craziness in Canada isn’t really surprising. Overlap is inevitable from the U.S., where Trump and the far-right have managed to use lies and fear-mongering to tap into Americans’ anti-establishment mania and obsessive individualism to build an anti-vaxx revolt into a powerful wedge issue.
Trucker convoy protesters are pictured in downtown Ottawa on Jan. 30. Misguided, down-the-rabbit-hole thinking is being seen on a wider basis in the Ottawa trucker demonstration, including calls by convoy organizers to use some kind of far-fetched legal process to remove Trudeau from office, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia