Rotten to the Core

*Trigger Warning: Transphobia, Homophobia, Islamophobia, Xenophobia, Racism, Abortion, Anti-Semitism, Threats of Violence*

On January 18th, 2022, James Bauder and Pat King went on a Livestream and promoted “Operation BearHug/ Freedom Convoy.” Bauder says that this is not a “leaderless” protest, that there was a group of “five leaders.” (1).

While there is no specific list of these leaders, the following people have claimed to be a founder or integral in making this convoy happen.

Full Transparency: There is a list of provincial organizers for the convoy on the Canada Unity website. However, there is no official list of founders of the movement. The names that I am presenting are based on my research and have the potential for bias. Please complete your own research.

Please also note that I am unsure if James Bauder counts his wife Sandra Bauder as a founder, although she did sign the M.O.U.

Founders of the Freedom Convoy

I have compiled information on each of the founder’s of the Convoy. Please click on each photo to see why they are problematic.


I created a timeline because I think that it’s pertinent to know the order of events that went into making this Freedom Convoy happen.

This movement didn’t start on January 15th when the Canadian Government imposed mandates on cross-border transportation drivers. It didn’t start on December 15th when the Canadian Government announced these mandates. It started in February of 2019 when no one knew the word “COVID.” It had absolutely nothing to do with “mandates.” It had everything to do with trying to dissolve the Canadian Government. 

  • February 2019 – James Bauder and Patrick King protested at “United We Roll.”

  • February 14th, 2019– James Bauder created the “Canada Unity” Facebook page. (48)

  • February 27th, 2021– James Bauder made a Facebook status that said, “I’m creating a Canadian Federal Grass Roots Political Party.” (49)

  • March 13th, 2021– James Bauder created the Canada Unity website. (50)

  • August 23rd, 2021– James posted on his personal Facebook page that he would start a “Federal Unity Party” that would break from the monarch and make Canada a free and independent nation. He hoped to collect 350 signatures (out of a required 1000) to form a party. His goal was for a Spring 2022 start. (51) 

  • August 30th, 2021– James posted on his personal Facebook page that he would start a “Convoy for Freedom.” (52)

  • October 1st,  2021– James Bauder, his wife Sandra, and fellow Canada Unity member Martin Broadmann penned the “Memorandum of Understanding.” (53)  A document that called for the removal of the current Government unless mandates regarding COVID protocols were removed (54). The M.O.U. states that if the current Government does not meet their requests, they must be replaced and that Canada Unity will have a say in who is selected (55). The M.O.U. is the grounds for their protest. (56) See my last post for more information. 

  • November 19th, 2021– “The government announced in November 2021 that all Canadian truckers seeking to cross the border from the United States would need to be vaccinated to avoid a 14-day quarantine.” (57).

  • December 5th, 2021– James Bauder attempted to meet with Government officials to present the “Memorandum of Understanding” and was not seen. (58) (59)

  • December 10th, 2021– James Bauder sent a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding by registered mail to members of the Government.  (60)

  • December 16th, 2021– Pat King, who is a founder of the movement, made a statement in a live stream that “the only way this is going to be solved is with bullets.” (61) (62) 

  • January 14th, 2022– Tamara Lich set up the “Go Fund Me” account for the Freedom Convoy. (63)

  • January 15th, 2022– The Canadian Government enacted the mandate requiring all cross-border transportation drivers to be fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus. (64)

  • January 15th, 2022– Tamara Lich invited B.J Dietcher to “come on board.” (65)

  • January 18th, 2022 – James Bauder went on a live stream with Pat King to promote the Canada Unity website and to announce it as the official page for “Bearhug” or “Freedom Convoy.” (66)

But if they’re racist, why have they openly denounced hatred and violence?

On the Canada Unity Website, their code of Conduct is listed as follows:

“Violence ONLY begets violence. In the event of violence, the threat of violence, disengage and inform an officer. Be kind and respectful towards you fellow Canadians & International supporters.” (67) 

They also make statements denouncing hate symbols and promoting unity, love and forgiveness. 

“We are working with the police and other local authorities to help ensure public safety, we ask that all individuals be on their best behaviour while spreading the message of unity, love & forgiveness. It is time to take back & heal our country for these & future generations.” (68)

“The Canada Unity Freedom Convoy Condemns ALL Hate Symbols. Individuals who are expressing messages of HATE and division are NOT members of the BearHug movement. Those individuals DO NOT represent the Values and Code of Conduct by BearHug Participants” (69)

The Founders and Organizers will state that violence and blatant acts of hatred will not be tolerated. If they deemed them permissible, they’d not only garner less support; they would also be breaking the law. (70)

So, instead of openly supporting racism, hatred, and violence, they post a P.R. statement abdicating them from the responsibility of protestors. Think of Donald Trump on January 6th. He never outright called for violence, but his protesters read between the lines of his message.

By stating that this is a “peaceful protest,” the founders will not be held liable for the protesters’ actions. 

My Opinion

The five “founders” of this movement have demonstrated through their words, associations, and actions that they are ALL anti-government, and some have shown no regard for the rights of BIPOC, Muslim, Jewish, or LGBTQ+ people. 

Thus, if this whole thing was never about truckers… and never even about vaccine mandates… what IS it about?

It was about overthrowing the Government and replacing it with members of Canada Unity (71) and replacing the current Government with, in my opinion, those who share the same hateful views.  

So how do you overthrow the Government? 

-A Member of Parliament must put forward a motion stating that the house has lost confidence in the current Government. (72) (This is what they’re attempting with the M.O.U)

-Once the motion is put forward,  members of the House of Commons will vote on the motion. (73)

-If the vote is in favour of the motion, the Governor-General can either invite the official opposition (Conservative party in our current case) to form a new Government OR start the process of holding a new Federal election (74).

The founders of this protest, who are vocally anti-government, have stated in the M.O.U. that if their demands are not met, they call for the dissolution of the current Government. If you pair that with the fact that they have no regard for the rights of BIPOC, Muslim, Jewish, or LGBTQ+ people… it means that they are fighting for the freedom of people who think and look like they do.

Straight, white, Canadian-born citizens.

*Please do not send me the names of the few people from the communities mentioned above that do support this cause. This is called “tokenism” and is a form of bias.*

Moreover, if it was about freedom for straight, white Canadians, what does it mean to support this protest?

I want to be clear about this… You have the right to protest. You have the freedom of choice. You have bodily autonomy. Has this pandemic ruined the economy and desecrated small businesses? Absolutely. Has the mental health of countless people worldwide suffered from lockdowns? Yes. Are you a racist for supporting these things? No. 

The issue does not lie within these beliefs. The issue lies within this particular protest itself. 

If you are a white Canadian and still choose to support this protest, you no longer support freedom. You are condoning hatred. You (consciously or unconsciously, knowingly or ignorantly) admit that you think that YOUR rights are more important than others. 

It is our duty as white Canadians to acknowledge our privilege. It is our duty to be an ally to marginalized Canadians. It is our duty to DENOUNCE hatred.

If you choose to stand up for freedom, you need to do it by standing up for ALL Canadians. And you cannot do that by supporting this protest.

Stating that “it is just a few bad apples” is not a valid excuse. This whole movement is rotten to the core. There are not “extremists latching onto the protest.” Extremists founded this protest. You have been lied to and manipulated to believe that it is about supporting rights for truckers and freedom of choice, but that is not the case. 

I have seen statements saying that this is causing a great divide amongst Canadians and that there should not be an “us vs. them” mentality.

I believe it should ABSOLUTELY be “us vs. them.” Racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Xenophobia, Msyogny, and Anti-Semitism have NO place in Canada (or anywhere for that matter).

Groups Associated with the Founders

NameIdeals/ PlatformsParticipants
Yellow Vests Canada“Yellow Vest Canada, inspired by the French movement of the same name but bearing little resemblance in terms of substance, now has over 110,000 members on Facebook, and has become notorious for hateful rhetoric about immigrants, and especially Muslims.” (75) 
“The national page’s description reads: “This group is to protest the CARBON TAX and the Treason of our country’s politicians who have the audacity to sell out OUR country’s sovereignty over to the Globalist U.N. and their Tyrannical policies.” (76)
Tamara Lich
Pat King
James Bauder
United We RollFounded in 2019 by Glen Carritt, this movement aimed to eliminate carbon tax and overhaul the environmental assessment process. (77)
Originally called “The Yellow Vest Convoy,” the “United We Roll” convoy renamed itself to distance itself from the extreme anti-immigrant views that were associated with the”Yellow Vest Canada” movement. (78).
 While they might have changed the name to distance themselves from the “Yellow Vest Movement,” according to a report done by the Ottawa Citizen, about half of the protesters were wearing yellow vests. Including the co-founder. (79) 
According to C.B.C. News, “A manifesto making the rounds online lists “illegal immigration” as just one of many concerns: carbon tax, pipelines, dependence on foreign oil, electoral reform, transfer payments, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and sovereignty over immigration policies.” (80)
Pat King James Bauder
Wexit“Climate Change is a movement led by the Globalists and is powerful because it is a fear-based movement using psychology rather than science or common sense.” (81)
“The effort to reconcile relations with First Nations people, lift them out of poverty and respect treaty rights – cannot be used as a veto to shut down all necessary economic development and infrastructure projects. Allowing militant First Nations and other environmental protest groups to illegally shut down the railroad and other infrastructure cannot be allowed to continue. This is a path towards anarchy and certain violence. ” (82)
“We believe the best long term solution for the people of Western Canada [Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and British Columbia]  is to separate themselves from Eastern Canada in order for us to be free and to economically prosper as an independent country.” (83)
 “They can’t have their Great Reset until they bring the West to its knees, and this tax will go a long way towards that goal.”  (84)
Tamara LichPat King
Maverick Party (formerly Wexit)After Wexit began being associated with far-right conspiracy theories and White Nationalism; it rebranded and called itself the “Maverick Party.” (85)
“Wexit stands for Western Canada Exit, a movement calling for Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and even B.C. to leave the rest of Canada to become separate nation-states. The goal is to form a “nationalist” party in Alberta like the Bloc Quebecois while steadily working towards full separation.” (86)
The following information was copied and pasted from the Maverick Parties website: 
“Maverick strives to achieve greater fairness and self-determination for western Canadians through constitutional change, or the creation of an independent nation.”
“The Maverick Party believes the current refugee policy is unsustainable, costly, and it is being consistently abused by refugees illegally entering at our borders. The statutory responsibility of Canada’s Government is to first help those in need among our own population and then prioritize genuine refugees in need. Strong legislation and enforcement are required.”
“The Maverick Party will advocate for more control over immigration to western provinces.”
“The Maverick Party supports and welcomes genuine refugees.””The Maverick Party supports a thorough review of financial commitments made to all international organizations and the United Nations with a goal of limiting our support for the United Nations regarding its’ globalization initiatives related to climate change, refugees, immigration and WHO.”
“The Maverick Party advocates that western provinces pursue greater provincial autonomy in the areas of taxation, E.I. insurance, pensions, immigration, policing, education, environment, childcare, and healthcare by renegotiating federal-provincial agreements and restoring the rights ceded to Ottawa or which Ottawa has encroached upon.” (87)
Tamara Lich
Wildrose Independence Party“Alberta has the potential to become a great nation when not held back by bad policies and politics. It’s time we move forward to an exciting and prosperous independent Alberta.” (88)Tamara Lich
The Clarion Project“The Clarion Project is an organization that advances anti-Muslim content through its web-based and video production platforms. Its films have been used in trainings with law enforcement, the U.S. military and the Federal Government, and one was reportedly wielded to influence the outcome of the 2008 presidential elections. The Clarion Project has close ties with American anti-Muslim figures such as Frank Gaffney and Daniel Pipes and organizations that advocate issues concerning Israel.” (89)Tamara Lich
Great ResetThe “Great Reset” was an initiative brought forth by The Prince of Wales and the founder of the World Economic Forum, Professor Klaus Schwab, in June 2020. The ideology is that the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic represents “a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world to create a healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous future.” (90). They proposed to do this by resetting the global economy.  
Conspiracy theorists latched onto this and created the narrative that powerful capitalists and governments worldwide deliberately created the Coronavirus as both a form of population control (91) and a way to bring economic collapse to form a socialist world government. (92) They believe that lockdown restrictions were a pivotal element of this plan.
James BauderPat KingMartin Brodmann
Project VeritasAccording to the Mission Statement on Project Veritas website, they claim to “Investigate and expose corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud, and other misconduct in both public and private institutions in order to achieve a more ethical and transparent society.” (93)  
According to the New York Times, the founder of Project Veritas, James O-Keefe, is highly connected to the Trump family. The expose revealed that Trump paid Project Veritas $20,000 ahead of his 2016 campaign and that Project Veritas was instrumental in advancing Trump’s campaign. (94)
James BauderPat King
The Line“The Line Canada is a movement dedicated to ending oppression and tyranny. We advocate for the basic human rights of all people. We will support all those who stand for their rights and resist all forms of tyranny and oppression.” (95)
The motive statement of “The Line” is “We are the change. Together we can change, and improve our world. We will resist, persist, and prevail.” (96)
Their slogan is “Hold the Line.” James, Pat, and Martin either say or display “Hold the Line” line on their respective social media accounts.
The line is anti-vaccine, anti-lockdowns, anti-mandates, anti-restrictions. (97)
James BauderPat KingMartin Bordmann
QAnon“QAnon purports that America is run by a cabal of pedophiles and Satan-worshippers who run a global child sex-trafficking operation and that former President Trump is the only person who can stop them.” (98)
“QAnon exists as a kind of parallel history, in which a “deep state” took over decades ago. An all-encompassing theory of the world, it appears to tie together and explain everything from “Pizzagate” to ISIS to the prevalence of mass shootings and the J.F.K. assassination.”(99)
“It claims the military, supposedly eager to see the deep state overthrown, recruited Donald Trump to run for the president. But the deep state, which controls the media, quickly tried to smear him through “fake news” and unfounded allegations of collusion with Russia. It goes on to insist that despite the deep state’s best efforts, however, Mr. Trump is winning, and that Q is releasing sanctioned leaks to the public in order to galvanize them ahead of “The Storm,” which is the moment when the deep state’s leaders are arrested and sent to Guantanamo Bay. QAnon believers have called this process “The Great Awakening.” (100)
“Their rallying cry is “where we go one, we go all,” a line from the 1996 Jeff Bridges sailing adventure “White Squall” that they misattribute to President Kennedy.” (101)
James Bauder



106 responses to “Rotten to the Core”

  1. Excellent article, thanks for all your research


    1. Thank you for reading Barry! I appreciate it 😊


      1. thank you for this illuminating perspective and all the worthy research. I am witnessing so many fall into the deep waters of global manipulation without a life vest.


  2. amazing info!


  3. Thank you so much for this summary. I know so many who are oblivious to these kind of influencers… and sadly it goes so far beyond.. the whole conspirituality blending of wellness and anti-vax and “freedom” leading otherwise nice people into these distorted realities. So disturbing.


    1. Thank you so much for reading! YES! I agree wholeheartedly!


  4. Brittany, you are right up there with the “Bush did 9/11” crowd! A new level of delusion for your documented mental illness… From a bible-thumping moron to a Woke moron… Tyler really is a disgrace for not standing up to you. Do you realize you are inviting the respect you give out? The people you are smearing have EVREY right to smear you back. They aren’t racists, any more than you roll in mud and wallow in filth. But I can still call you a pig!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Wow. Name-calling. That’s your idea of a rational discussion? What are you, 12 years old?

      You really are brainwashed, aren’t you?
      This is NOT about truckers (just because you have a truck doesn’t make you a trucker) nor is this about “freedom” but thanks for playing.

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    2. Actually, there ARE racists in this crowd. You know, one of the organizers has ties with the Yellow Vests but again, thanks for playing.
      We did our research. All you can do is hurl insults. So intelligent. Wow.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. I’m not seeing where in the MOU it states “if the current Government does not meet their requests, they must be replaced and that Canada Unity will have a say in who is selected” It would be helpful to have a direct quote or paragraph number.


    1. Hello Thomas! Thank you for bringing this up! I went to retrieve the information and unfortunately the MOU has been deleted from their website. I will update you once I receive a copy.


      1. That’s because they withdrew their MOU.
        It’s easy enough to find via Google.

        Click to access Combined-MOU-Dec03.pdf


      2. That’s because they withdrew the MOU.

        If you google for it, you’ll find it.

        Click to access Combined-MOU-Dec03.pdf


  6. dcdavidrcunninghamgmailcom Avatar

    Thanks for sharing information, very professional. Long live bloggers and the fifth estate that they are part of.


    1. Thank you so much David! I appreciate your kind words! 😊


  7. And you people call people on the right conspiracy theorists. It couldnt possibly be that people are fed up with the government mandates. It just has to be a racist or anti gay movement. The left will use anything for a chance to play the victim card. It is pathetic.

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  8. callen diederichs Avatar
    callen diederichs

    There’s an error at the start: you say that they went on the livestream on January 18, 202*1*. This is a great resource and don’t want to see it undermined by a little mistake like that.


    1. Thank you so much for that! I really appreciate your note!


      1. callen diederichs Avatar
        callen diederichs

        Ok but you didn’t correct the error. 🙂


      2. Just fixed now! Thanks for the reminder 😊


  9. A little info to share:

    According to Freedom Convoy’s new GiveSendGo page, “Campaign Created by: Freedom 2022 Human Rights”

    Now a little Googling on that revealed:

    The organizers created a non-profit

    With that link, you can look up their Articles of Incorporation

    The CRA are really gonna love that!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. This is phenomenal! I just creeped and requested the documents as well! Thank you for sharing!


  10. I love how much work you done and I would love to post this to my Facebook page if I can thank you Kim


    1. Of course! Thank you for reading Kim 😊


  11. Would it be possible to forward this post to my e-mail address? I found it very informative and would like to share this info with others as well as have it for my own personal reference

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Bette! I emailed it to you. Let me know if you got it!


  12. Terrific article well done.

    I will be posting.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Thanx so much for this info from the Canada Waking Up the Masses FB group.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, Cynthia!


  14. Great research!!! I knew much of this in advance of reading but now I can cite resources

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much Ron! 🙂


    2. I’m so glad! Thanks Ron!


  15. This is so objective and so well put together. A great read! I’m looking forward to future posts!!


    1. Thank you so much Danielle! I appreciate your kind words and encouragement 😊


  16. Nice work Brittany! I’ve been trying to follow these people for some time. This is a great summary that I will keep as a reference and share amongst my friends.


    1. I really appreciate that Dean. Thank you!


  17. Yo guys how truckers come and choke on my cock yall or so ignorant, with all respect, suck my dick you whores


    1. Very polite and respectful of you. Got anything else to say or is that the limit of your vocabulary?


  18. Fantastic work Brittany. How do you think this fits in The organizer of the Windsor blockade said “we are holding the bridge hostage” “it’s costing the owner tons, and the owner is putting huge pressure on the gov’t” from Twitter


    1. I agree that it’s hurting the economy and could potentially hurt trade relationships with the US. I don’t know enough to speak intelligently any further than that though. 😊


  19. Can you adjust your settings for sharing?


  20. What an incredible article!!!! You covered everything I have been saying all along with my FB posts to my favourite pages. I am envious and jealous. Thank you Thank you Merci Merci


    1. Dang, that makes me so happy! Thank you for reading 😊


  21. Good job putting it all together. Really appreciate your research. I posted it on my facebook page. Thank you so much.


    1. Thank you so much for your kindness Tammy 🤍🤍


  22. michael nerenberg Avatar
    michael nerenberg

    Loved your efforts. How can I share?


  23. You might also include the date at which the US imposed a vaccination mandate on truckers


    1. What a great idea! Thank you so much!


      1. It’s a funny thing. They want an end to all mandates but guess what? The US has mandates too and we can’t control those.
        Even if all mandates were lifted today, that still wouldn’t change anything.

        (Not the brightest bulbs in the box, are they?)


  24. An Excellent, well researched article……Now can you e-mail it to me, or make it “shareable” ??


  25. Hi Brittany,

    Just a heads up for a typo: at the start of the article you mentioned the date Jan 18 2021 when you actually meant 2022.


    1. Thank you for bringing this to my attention! 🙂


  26. You are a fool and traitor lol you have no clue what is actually going on. some of your stuff may touch on truth I’ll give you that, but I really think your just a sad lonely little person trying to be something…good luck your irrelevant


    1. How are the Winnipeg jets doing this season?

      Liked by 1 person

    2. I love right-wing logic. I really do. Accuse other people of that which YOU are guilty of.
      Learn a lesson from history. That didn’t work too well for the Nazis or Trump when they tried it.

      Your movement is full of sad little people trying to be something. What’s your point?

      “Your irrelevant”? Our irrelevant what?
      The correct spelling is “you’re”. As in “you are”. As in YOU’RE illiterate.


    3. Really? Who are really the fools here? Not us.


  27. Bold words from the lunatic fringe.
    Attempting to overthrow an elected government is treason but thanks for playing.


  28. By the way, the correct spelling is “you’re”. You’re also illiterate. Have a nice day.


  29. Why is there so much support for the truckers? Canadians all along the Highways? There have been MANY organized, peaceful protests against the mandates before this but they rarely get mentioned in mainstream media or noticed by most politicians/leaders (there was a fairly large one at Parliament hill the Saturday before the truckers arrived).
    It is obvious that many people a fed up with mandates, vaccinated or unvaccinated. The public response has been way much more than even the organizers expected.
    Why is that, do you think?


    1. In my article I say that there is NOTHING wrong with protesting those issues. That’s the beauty of democracy and the freedoms that we as Canadians posses. What I also say is that there’s a difference between standing up for your rights and freedoms and furthering the agenda of a white supremacists group that is set on dissolving the government.


    2. There ISN’T “so much support”. 90% of the trucking industry doesn’t support them.


  30. Lynn Hutchinson Lee Avatar
    Lynn Hutchinson Lee

    Brittany, thank you so much for this. I was so impressed by your clear, articulate analysis of the rising fascism that we are now facing. Since first reading Rotten to the Core a few days ago, I’ve sent it out widely on twitter, facebook and by email. I will continue to do so. The fascist project must be defeated, and your work is a valuable resource in doing so.


    1. Wow, thank you so much for your kindness Lynn! I appreciate you!


  31. Fantastic job doing all of this research. I hope investigatory officials are looking into all these connections, as the same names seem to keep coming up repeatedly. Particularly Scheer and Poilievre, who were at United We Roll/Yellow Vests in February 2019 and have now lent their full support to this extension of it three years later. The entire movement has the same intent: to throw out a democratically-elected government and Prime Minister by undemocratic means.

    The Privy Council Clerk warned about this movement, and about the attachment of elected officials to it, when Canadian media was distracted with nothingburger “scandals.” He got driven out on a rail as a so-called partisan hack. Yet Mr. Wernick has been vindicated in his Cassandra-esque prophecy and the media needs to apologize for getting it so wrong!


    1. Yes! Precisely! That’s why many conservative leaders have been either silent or supportive of this “protest.”


  32. Thank you for this! I’ve been following and doing my own research into the organizers and many who support this movement are not connecting the dots. They are blindly following whatever is said to them online without knowing the rule of law or how government works. Once this gets shared around I suggest you turn off comments so you don’t get inundated with spam, etc.


    1. I appreciate your comment! Thank you for reading. I have comments on an “approval” basis as I’ve received some pretty nasty ones. I don’t want to limit peoples ability to have a healthy discussion but I also don’t want nasty comments. It’s a hard line to follow! 😊


  33. Brilliant! Thank you for condensing this information.


    1. Thank you for reading 🤍🤍


  34. Curious about your perspective on those who took part in the Black Lives Matter movement? If I’m white, do I have to be in favor of it or else I am a racist? There were many that attached themselves to that movement who were absolutely racist and hate-filled. You should condemn it by your own argument. In fact, you should condemn every protest in history, unless you think that everyone attending/organizing were not ill-intended in any way. Your post seems to argue that unless a protest is 100% pure and flowery, it should be condemned.

    Further, citing Global news & CBC as credible sources is dangerous. Their 360 million in federal rebates ensures a submissive narrative. That’s directly on the federal government website, anyone can find that information. CBC, CTV, CBC, GLOBAL all receive federal government rebates. Spreading biased articles from them is potentially just as harmful as you say these ‘freedom convoy’ organizers are.

    You can’t hide hate and the truth will always come out at some point. If this group is truly hateful, as you say it is, then its true colors will be shown. If not, I hope you will be able to alter your perspective. Especially citing them as a “white supremist” group as you did in one your replies. This is extremely dangerous territory for anyone to tag someone as that. Unless someone has blatantly labeled themselves as that, or committed a hate crime against a minority, this is a horrible label to give someone. Here’s a video of a non-white male who spent 3 days in Ottawa looking for racists and hate. Have a watch to see what he found there.

    I hope you find my post to be a respectful ‘counter-perspective’, as most of the comments I’ve read here are from your own echo-chamber so far. You may not like what this group stands for, and they probably don’t like some of things that you may stand for. As long as it doesn’t involve hate & violence, we should be ok with disagreeing. But that’s the beauty of the country we live in, or at least that’s supposed to be the beauty of the country that we live in….


    1. lord god in heaven…these people who try to convince us that ANY accredited major new agency can’t be trusted but they have a Youtube channel and THAT makes them as a more reliable source for new reports?…boggles the mind

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    2. Hello Len, I am always open to productive and respectful conversation. I did not censor your comment. I have to approve comments as I have received numerous death threats and many derogatory and explicit comments.

      I do not know you, so I do not know if you are racist or not. I will not speculate on that matter.

      I want to address something right off the batt. I am in full support of peoples right to protest. I believe that it is a right that we, as very lucky Canadians, have. As I state in my article, there is a difference between protesting for your rights and freedoms and furthering the agenda of a white supremacist led effort to overthrow the government.

      I also want to state that there are always radicals who try and latch onto protests to further their agenda. At every protest. But as I mention in my article, there is a difference between extremists latching onto protests and extremists FOUNDING protests.

      The founders are extremists and clearly stated in their MOU that if their requests were not met, they called for the dissolution of the government.

      As for the BLM protests, I will only say this. I do not agree with looting, destruction of property, and violence. But I have also never been disproportionately arrested, murdered, or been the victim of deep rooted systemic racism. My ancestors were not enslaved. I cannot begin to imagine the pain and anger this causes.

      Did I use those website to cite my work? Yes. I also used a lot of video clips of the founders speaking. I made sure that every point I put in this paper was readily available on multiple media outlets.

      As for my “white supremacist” comment. I stand behind it. All but Martin Brodmann have made openly racist, islamophobic, and xenophobic comments. Many are associated with groups that hold these same values. Is it dangerous territory to call someone a white supremacist? Yes, but it’s also dangerous territory to be one.

      Also, as I said in my paper. Trying to counter an argument by showing someone of colour is called “tokenism” and is a form of bias.

      Do I think that every person in this protest is bad or racist? No, not at all. Do I think they’ve been lied to and manipulated. Yes.


  35. Excellent information. Is it able to be “shared ” at all ????


    1. Thank you for reading 😊 Yes, of course! I’ll get my settings working so that you can share directly from the post!


  36. Was my previous comment censored? Are you not open to a different perspective?


    1. It’s there bud. Can take time for moderators to vet comments for things we would both agree are not fit to print. Your confusion comes from a poor understanding of terms like racism and white supremacy. Racism is a system of opression (hence the -ism). This is why calling a BIPOC person racist doesn’t make a lot of sense. They can be bigots. They can discriminate. Only those in power can be Racist per se. I know you will scoff at this notion but try to consider it. White supremacy doesn’t need swastikas and explicit hatred for other cultures. Finding immigrants a threat, buying the lies about BLM, not wanting the privilege of white, mostly male to be shared is White Supremacy. You can be a one and not really know. You can love all people and have lots of Black friends and still be guilty of racism by taking advantage of your privilege in our society that was founded on enslavement and genocide. This is why some say that the only way to not be racist is to actively be anti-racist.

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      1. Yes! I wrote another post that’s coming soon explaining how you cannot be actively anti-racist and support this protest.


      2. Andre,

        I agree that racism exists outside of extremists waiving nazi flags, I think we would all agree on that point. Racism can have a lot of different faces, for sure.

        Where I get lost on this discussion is where white males are automatically labeled as privileged. There are privileged people all over Canada and they are not only white. To assume the only privileged people are white and male seems to be a narrow view. I am a white male who grew up in a broken home and had to work my tail off to get what I have. Can you clearly articulate how you conclude that everyone who is white is automatically ‘privileged’ and that those are who are not white couldn’t be or aren’t privileged? And then, what is your definition of ‘privilege’ in this context?

        Secondly, I don’t follow these these convoy leaders. Their reasons for protesting aren’t the same as my reasons. I’m sure there are a multitude of different reasons that people have to gather all over Canada at the moment. We can debate whether their gatherings are legal and just and all that, but I do not buy into the suggestion that these gatherings are racist in intent. You would have to show some real evidence to suggest that to be true and one guy with a nazi flag doesn’t make the argument, the same way that one crazy guy yelling at truckers doesn’t make those opposed to the convoy to be crazy.

        I am in favor of science, medicine and logical precaution to protect vulnerable people. I am NOT in favor of Justin Trudeau, probably the poster child for ‘white privileged males’, telling me to get vaxxed or face the consequences. I am also NOT in favor of this same person flip flopping like a fish out of water over the past two years and then expecting that Canadians will simply ‘fall in line’ until whenever he sees fit. That isn’t how democracy works and the government has no business removing basic liberties from me; my liberty doesn’t belong to them. I think there are a group of Canadians that seem to forget that very basic principal. However, people should have the right to weigh risks and make choices that they are comfortable with. That is the way it has been done in this country since its democratic foundation was laid and to suggest that this may need to change should alarm everyone, regardless of your political leanings.

        If the conservatives were in power, would you be ok with them imposing a conservative principal on you and threatening to remove basic rights if you don’t comply? That’s where this is headed if we don’t hold our governments accountable. When the government knows everything about you, its called tyranny. When you know everything about the government, its called democracy and I truly believe that the vast majority of those gathered in Ottawa right now are there to defend that very thing.

        You may not like the actions of this group and what these so called ‘leaders’ represent, but it does not make it a ‘hate’ gathering. Even the main stream media is having a hard time presenting acts of hate at the rally, despite their efforts to portray it. Let’s remember one thing, hate is am extremely harsh word. True hate cannot be hidden because it is so veraciously evil, un-caring, un-loving, inconsiderate and deceitful. Like I said in my previous reply, hate will always be shown for what it is and those who spread hate should be held accountable. But labeling someone that you do not know as ‘hateful’ is a very dangerous road to go down.


      3. Yes, it is a dangerous road to go down but if it walks, talks and quacks like a duck, what is it?


  37. Was directed to your site from a guy in the comments section of a new story done by CityNews out of Toronto. It’s a very impressive report; thanks so much for your research! 🙂

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    1. Really?! Wow! Was it on Facebook?


  38. Great article exposing the background of the leaders. More importantly I appreciate you calling out the white privilege that has enabled so many to be sympathetic to this movement.

    People need to wake up that this is not a protest against Covid mandates, there is a dark side to this movement that needs to be condemned.

    “If you are a white Canadian and still choose to support this protest, you no longer support freedom. You are condoning hatred.” 100% agree


    1. Wow, thank you so much for this Mason. I knew I needed to address this as I know it has been the main reason that this protest was able to evolve as it has.


  39. “they have no regard for the rights of BIPOC, Muslim, Jewish, or LGBTQ+ people… it means that they are fighting for the freedom of people who think and look like they do. Straight, white, Canadian-born citizens.”

    You are drawing this conclusion entirely from your own biases and assumptions. At this point it’s just pure propaganda you are putting out.

    Did Pat King make some antisemitic statements before on video? Yeah he did. By comparison, many BLM organizers and activists have said extremely hateful statements towards White people, on video… does that mean that BLM is a racist hate movement?

    Pat King’s previous statements don’t even make him a Neo Nazi, they make him ignorant. Is he advocating for the literal genocide of all Jewish and non-white people? Or did he just buy into the antisemitic canards of controlling the media and banks because he is an ignorant anti-government blowhard?

    I guess by modern definitions a large percent of Palestinians and Middle Easterners are Neo Nazis since many of them hold negative views of Jewish people.

    This movement is advocating for a complete removal of all mandates and restrictions to return to a pre-pandemic state of free movement and no government-sanctioned medical discrimination – that applies to ALL ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. Let’s get that straight, and not twist and spin lies for your little blog.


    1. That is exactly why I put the big, bolded heading saying “my opinion.” I took the information that I collected and formed an opinion.

      I will not argue over whether Pat King is a piece of shit or not. I’ve watched hours of him talking and I think he’s a piece of shit. If you don’t, I question your morals.

      While the founders would like you to believe that this is about Covid, the main players have been at work since 2019 with the main intent of overthrowing the government.

      And my “little blog” currently has 70 thousand views in 70 different countries. In 8 days.


    2. Sorry, 72,680 readers as of this moment.

      Liked by 1 person

    3. It’s a temper tantrum because they’re not getting their own way.
      Let’s call it what it is. It’s an occupation and it’s a siege.

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  40. Great article, well researched, informative and pertinent.
    Thankyou for that!
    The only criticism I have is the perpetual oxymoron of virtueously condemning “racism ” and then defining everyone in terms of their race! That is the foundational bedrock of racism. Can we not get past that?


  41. […] and anti-government organizations “ for The Guardian. Blogger Brittany Bested has assembled a profile of the convoy leadership, along with a timeline behind the […]


    1. What an honour! Thank you so much for the mention. I will be sure to give this a read 🤍


  42. Thank you for this. Will you be doing a follow the money companion piece? I am curious about how the convoy has been assisted by outside (outside of Canada) players, especially given the heavy funding to the GoFundMe and GiveSendGo accounts from foreigners. Clearly there has been a lot of organizing and co-ordination including members of law enforcement, I suspect that the planning and co-ordination, including rampant social media and bots pushing said posts, were assisted by outside agents beyond those listed as founders of this convoy. Thanks again for this. I will share it.


  43. Is this a poe? Because it’s written so as to make leftists look a bit nutty. Almost as nutty as the right. It’s like a freshman polisci student just discovered the internet and big words.


    1. If you don’t know how to research, how is this our problem?



    “The five “founders” of this movement have demonstrated through their words, associations, and actions that they are ALL anti-government, and some have shown no regard for the rights of BIPOC, Muslim, Jewish, or LGBTQ+ people.

    Thus, if this whole thing was never about truckers… and never even about vaccine mandates… what IS it about?”

    This is where you are wrong. WE have demonstrated through our actions, words, associations that we are NOT ANTI-GOVERNMENT AT ALL, but ANTI-MANDATE. That we do not agree with out government which as a free thinking citizen, I have a right to do and publicly I may add, in that he is indeed ignoring Section 6 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. IN fact, he is ignoring all of them. In fact OUR GOVERNMENT through their words, actions and associations have proven he is anti-human. Using a virus to turn members of his very own societies against each other discriminating along with prejudice and “hate” assuming that as a non vaccinated individual I should be feared, is precisely what you are accusing the truckers of.
    I understand you want to seem intellectual here but let me update you on a few things. First, this convoy started because TRUCKERS WERE BEING ASKED TO VACCINATE FOR BORDER CROSSINGS. Of course to counteract this request, Trudeau in his childish stated, decided he would punish them and now make interprovincial vaccinations necessary. So Actions. Le’t talk actions.. or words.. IF this is going to be your opinion but you are footnoting, your resources almost to make it appear as fact, then I have issues.

    1.Most people who are seriously trying to dig up things on truckers and find issues with them and writing independent articles are the same ones who refused to read anything independent about the vaccine, mandates and any information then deeming it as ‘misinformation’ so it never got out to the world. The same people who did not believe Trump was framed by Clinton with regards to Russia Connections and it was just released today that she hired IT people to hack his computer when she was a candidate.

    2. These are the same people who DO NOT believe that the World Economic Forum’s young global leaders program graduated Sarcozy, Merkel, Gates, Boros, Zuckerburg and Jacinda Ardern who has literally driven New Zealand into a crazy dictatorial state. She is 41 and the PM of New Zealand. All of these people from WEF and many Prime Ministers have become so at the ripe ago of 39-41. We are being governed by a bunch of leaders -by 41 year olds who have gone through the Young Global Leaders program, who simultaneously coincide their policies worldwide. ODD? Yes. Mabe initially to do good things for the world but they are an organized cult. And you should question and dig WHO FUNDS THEM.

    3. The issue with this article is my dear Brittany, you have NOT donated and so cannot see all of the other Canadians who have donated, anywhere from $20-$400 -$1000 and that was before gofundme cut them off. They were Canadians worldwide. I am not associated with any terrorist group and the more people want to deem the truckers as homophobes and xenophobes based on the history of the organizer is cliché. Because covid affected the organizers too, so this is where things get different see.

    Yes. The organizers, and not as a white supremacists, homophobes, xenophobes and gov’t overthrowing insurrectionist terrorists, but as a working class or any class citizen of our country and others. This is what people like yourself, aren’t realizing. These labels YOU are all giving the Truckers CONVOY, don’t matter because it isn’t the labels that have ripped our livelihood for the last two years. It was COVID, it was our worldwide governments and it was precisely our PM’s inability to deal with it properly. HE IS REFUSING TO OPEN CANADA unless there is 100% vaccinated. This was stated in Parliament. He is a spoiled child in my eyes. And he too was part of the Young global leaders program to a degree.

    4. I wish people would stop worrying about where money came from because no one questioned Trudeaus’ money or the governments money tied to Pfizer, his kickback or any vaccine money spent given to Gates or Schwab and the WEF and you need to start realizing that COVID took away many lives.

    5. Let’s talk WORDS. Trudeau’s blatant and ridiculous words literally divided a country that truckers words are unifying and not through hate speech. no no no no. But through awakening minds, spirit and thought.

    6. Let’s look at ACTIONS again. I as a non mask wearing, non vaccinated individual stating I did not want the vaccine for my own reasons, was looked at like I was plagued and so if someone wants to talk prejudice and discrimination and phobias, let’s start with by looking at our gov’t who literally created a phobia around a virus and that people like me, who didn’t get sick, or get vaccinated or who use alternative health, that citizens should FEAR me. hmmm let that sink in for phobias.

    7. This truckers convoy, is not just in Canada. That is what people don’t realize. And because of it, some really crappy lies and horrible horrible organizations agenda’s are being exposed and it’s about time. So while you are exposing the organizers, please take time to research the organizations who are also being exposed but whom are under the guise of CLIMATE CHANGE, WEF, GREAT RESET, LET’S BUILD BACK BETTER, NEW NORMAL, COVID IS THE ENEMY. Information is coming out all over exposing real elitists but from the last ten years to NOW, in power, of their real agendas. NOW none of us “idiots” who support the truckers know this won’t get rid of the elitists, but there is something really sick with our world.

    8. The Davos Manifesto is a REAL manifesto that was published Dec. 2nd, 2019 and yet COVID 19 is on there as an item. How? THAT WENT TO PUBLICATION DECEMBER 2ND, WHICH MEANS IT WOULD HAVE HAD TO HAVE BEEN THOUGHT OF WELL BEFORE TO BE PART OF SUCH AN ORGANIZED DOCUMENTED GRAPHED CHART. Please email me and I will send it to you. ALONG WITH COVID 19 WAS DIGITAL IDENTITY. So the WEF and the young global leaders attend a school on “how to make the world better” according to them and their hypotheses and yes the whole GRETA AFFECT PISSES ME OFF. You know the young Icelandic who found her voice in preaching climate change. BUT HOW DO THEY GET TO DETERMINE FOR ALL OF US, FOR ALL OUR COUNTRIES THE SAME AGENDA. WEF IS NOT GOD. All of this crazy crap.

    It is insane to think that every leader we have had IN EUROPE AND WORLDWIDE CAME FROM The World Economic Forum Program and HARVARD. It’ s insane! How can you have a well rounded view of the world if you are all being trained with the same thought, and ideals to move the country and the world forward according to Klaus Schwab and his vision of what the world should be like for sustainability. “Stakeholder Capitalism” which gives private company’s literally advocacy and position to act as trustees for the public. Do you know what that means. That private company’s can dictate and decide how we should live our lives. Hence Gates and Melinda Foundation and the vaccine, with Pfizer who although is public, has many sub companies.

    9. I am not interested in the history of the organizers. I am interested in the direction Trudeau along with the World Economic forum are sending our world and countries and our rights.

    I don’t want a private company to determine choices for me. That are then, because they give money to gov’t, BECOME LAWS. Our members of parliament and our Canadians will NEVER ALLOW to happen, IN millions years, what many are accusing the truckers of being guilty for, and linking the organizers to! BECAUSE MY DEAR BRITTANY, This is not about xenophobia or homophobia. This is about our Charter that Trudeau is dismantling little by little and after 2 years of NO politician addressing any of the issues we have had, because Trudeau refused TO, OTTAWA REFUSED TO LISTEN AND I CAN SHOW YOU THE MANY LETTERS SENT TO MY MP THAT HE BROUGHT TO OTTAWA!

    10. CLARIFICATION. SO THIS CONVOY THAT YOU AND SO MANY OTHERS WANT TO LINK TO THE HISTORY AND PAST OF THE ORGANIZERS, IT started with the truckers NOT wanting the mandate. It grew to a word wide longing for normalcy because facts just weren’t adding up anymore. People are pushing back. THAT IS WHAT THIS IS ABOUT!

    AND THE PEOPLE, who keep trying to convince me otherwise saying I shouldn’t support the truckers because they are associated with organizations that are illegal or bad, need to really look at the associations our PM has HAD to the organizations OF WEF, VACCINE AND OTHER. Being in gov’t does not make you immune to corruption, wrong association and money laundering. I have read YOUR OPINION AND SO HERE IS MINE.

    I have gone through this AND for those who continue to find this as the main source of argument are deciding every day that until I vaccinate, I don’t have a right to earn money. AND YOU DO NOT GET A SAY IN IF I DESERVE TO EAT BRITTANY, NOT YOU, NOT THE PRIME MINISTER AND CERTAINLY NOT A VACCINE PASSPORT. And that is a very hard pill to swallow.

    People who continue to say we are supporting illegal operations and criminal organizations are those that are not willing to look in depth at the activities of inconsistency within our government within the last two years. Trudeau scares the crap out of me. He is pure evil masked in SHEEP’S clothing and looks. His leadership scares the F**k out of me and many. AND HIS LEADERSHIP, HIS WORDS, ACTIONS, LINKS, THOUGHTS, CHOICES, PHRASES, SHOULD SCARE THE FUCK OUT OF YOU TOO. I’VE POSTED THIS ON TWITTER SO LET’S SEE IF YOU HAVE COURAGE TO PUBLISH IT. OR IS YOUR MODERATION TWEAKED, TO YOUR FAVOUR, MUCH LIKE OUR COVID POLICIES, INFORMATION AND DATA.?

    Oh by the way, my very non binary friend, gay friends all support the truckers, as do many immigrants I know, so you might want to figure out exactly what you are trying to say here in trying to turn entire masses of people against their right to peaceful protesting voicing their opinions and unhappiness at the way they are being led. That is not overthrowing a government. No Brittany, we want him to leave. He can walk peacefully out the door, we will gladly cheer him on. Overthrowing is perhaps what you saw happening at Capital Hill and even that was a bit staged, but seriously, if we wanted to “overthrow” the government, we wouldn’t be trying to keep peace with our RCMP, police, and determine already who we are all voting for. Nice try though.


    1. Honestly, I’d like to know. Honestly.

      This is not about freedom or truckers or mandates.
      And if you think it is, you’re brainwashed. They’ve brainwashed you.

      Racist white supremacists organized this and again, it started LONG BEFORE COVID WAS EVEN A THING!!!!!
      The links are here, you can argue and rant all you want but these are facts.
      It’s nothing but being spoiled crybabies and holding a city hostage.
      Do you think the residents of Ottawa appreciate what you people are doing?
      NO THEY DO NOT. And they’re taking back their city.

      Don’t like it? LEAVE!


    2. “if we wanted to “overthrow” the government, we wouldn’t be trying to keep peace with our RCMP, police, and determine already who we are all voting for”

      Funny you seem to pretend the original Memorandum of Understanding never existed, or do you honestly not know how to read?
      They demanded the resignation of our government if their demands were not met – THAT IS LITERALLY ATTEMPTING TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT.

      And you can twist that any way you like, it’s treason. Pure and simple.

      I know you guys aren’t that great with logic but try. Just for today.

      The convoy does NOT speak for 90% of truckers (so clearly, it’s not about truckers).
      Most people in this country have been vaccinated at least twice (so it’s not about vaccinations)
      Even if mandates were removed today, they wouldn’t get very far since the US has mandates too, geniuses. Or did you guys think of that?

      So what is this really about?


    3. I guess you missed the memo – Canada-Unity MOU !!! Combined-MOU-Dec03.pdf


      1. Firstly, the MOU doesn’t exist anymore.
        Newsflash: They’ve retracted it. See? (
        So there goes your point.

        Secondly, a document doesn’t magically erase who people are, what they’ve done and what they appear to stand for.
        They are white supremacists. That does not change that fact but thanks for playing.


    4. Name one freedom that you’ve lost.

      Take your time. I’ll wait.


    1. Injunction / Charter of Rights and Freedoms … Injunction / Charter of Rights and Freedoms … Decisions, decisions. where multitudes gather.


      1. What are you trying to say?


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    Sharon Wright

    This article has really opened my eyes. Thank you for your excellent research.


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