Will trucker-enabling Conservatives bet the house on a Republican-style, COVID-driven culture war?
The success of this sort of campaign relies heavily on promoting a phoney clash between notions of freedom and anti-COVID health rules, a propaganda device that has succeeded beyond all imagination for the American right.
A Freedom Convoy supporter waves a flag at the intersection of Kent and Slater streets on Feb. 5. For the Conservatives to throw their lot in with the extremists behind the nihilistic mob is obviously risky, as one assumes the majority of Canadians will probably return to their centrist political orientation once they get their frustrations over COVID out of their systems, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade