Not the "small fringe minority" he thought they were.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is currently in hiding after it emerged that the freedom convoy he dismissed as a small fringe minority was in fact 70,000 Truckers thundering their wagons towards his front door.
According to reports, when the true size and scale of the convoy was known it was Trudeau that demanded his security detail got him and his family 'to safety' in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Days earlier, he had dismissed the truckers coming for him as a 'small fringe minority' but he has well and truly been made to eat those words as up to 70,000 joined the convoy on a 2000 mile journey to the nation's capital.
The Convoy, the largest in history, is direct civil action against Canada's vaccine mandates with the truckers demanding that Trudeau is removed from office or face Ottawa being gridlocked until he does.
At some point yesterday Trudeau realised, that far from it being a fringe minority the convoy was huge and was heading directly for him. Reportedly in a panic, Trudeau demanded that his security detail got him and his family to a place of safety immediately. According to CBC reports The PM and his family left their home in Ottawa and went to a secret location just hours before the Convoy arrived.
The PM’s office has said it will not comment on Mr Trudeau’s location for security reasons. The Canadian Parliament’s Sergeant-at-Arms has warned that demonstrators could show up at the homes of other officials.
The protest comes after months of Trudeau acting like a despot with increasingly draconian Covid laws with the Canadian Prime Minister failing to listen to the Canadian people who have repeatedly called for all mandates and restrictions to be abolished.
Trudeau dismissed the protestors saying:
“The small fringe minority of people who are on their way to Ottawa who are holding unacceptable views that they are expressing do not represent the views of Canadians who have been there for each other, who know that following the science and stepping up to protect each other is the best way to continue to ensure our freedoms, our rights, our values, as a country,”
The protest originated last week in western Canada, where dozens of truckers organized a convoy to drive from Vancouver to Ottawa to demonstrate against Covid-related restrictions, particularly a vaccination requirement for truck drivers. The movement rapidly gained steam as the original cross-country convoy was joined by others en route to the federal capital. Their rallying point was Parliament Hill, in the heart of Ottawa.
Police had said they were expecting eight convoys, totaling several thousand vehicles, and perhaps 10,000 demonstrators and were unprepared as around 70000 trucks thundered into Ottawa. The prime minister's office told the Ottawa Citizen that he would continue to 'isolate in the National Capital Region and work remotely.'
Despite security concerns, there have been no incidents at the rally, Ottawa Police said in a tweet. As protests began on Saturday, the Parliamentary Protective Service had wrongly believed Trudeau's assertion that the convoy would be a small minority, but by the time it reached Ottawa it was over 45 MILES long and Ottawa Police Service had to call for reinforcements from the Toronto, London, York, and Durham regions, plus the Ontario Provincial Police.
Justin Trudeau has not commented on the Freedom Convoy since it arrived, but is currently watching proceedings via police intel. Commentators have said that the sheer size and scale of the Convoy has unnerved Trudeau but he is unlikely to relax any covid mandates because of it.