Truckers’ protest reflects rise in ‘disruption politics,’ increasing polarization, say political insiders
Pollster Nik Nanos says if it turns into an 'Occupy Parliament Hill' movement, Justin Trudeau will have a real headache on his hands. He says Trudeau is a 'polarizing figure' and the protests could make him look weak for not intervening or doing anything. 'This is a new, anti-establishment popular front [that] should not be dismissed, and it's not going away.'
A Freedom Convoy organizer, pictured on Feb. 5, 2022, at the corner of Kent and Slater streets in downtown Ottawa. The so-called 'Freedom Convoy' could be a political gift for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, say some politicos, but others say Trudeau should do something now to put an end to the protest or this could potentially morph into a big problem for his government.
The Hill Times photograh by Andrew Meade