Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart had choice words for a Freedom Convoy protest set to take place Saturday. In a statement released Friday, Stewart said "Vancouver doesn't want you here." He released the statement as a pro trucker movement continues to grow across the country and the world.
"This weekend we are expecting to see anti-COVID mandate protests making their
way across the Lower Mainland, ending in downtown Vancouver," Stewart said.
"As the Mayor of a city with an over 95 per cent vaccination rate, my message to the convoy is this: Vancouver doesn't want you here. Make your point and then go
home." Note the scheduled protest is unrelated to vaccination rates. The scheduled protest is a pro-trucker and anti-media event.
"To prepare for this event, I have been briefed by the City Manager and the VPD
Emergency Planning and Operational Section (EOPS). EOPS is closely monitoring the situation and taking necessary steps in preparation. I have full confidence in VPD Chief Palmer and his team who will be directing the response to the Vancouver portion of this protest," the statement continued.
"The proposed route passes three important healthcare facilities. While every
Canadian has a right to peaceful and respectful protest, nobody has the right to
promote hate, jeopardize the safety of our communities, or interfere with access
for patients, staff, or first responders." The planned protest currently has no plan to protest hospitals and is exclusively focused on gathering outside CTV headquarters.
"Hate has no place in our city. We all have to stand together against hate in all its
forms, including when it targets frontline and healthcare workers," Stewart concluded.
Following the publication of Stewart's statement, social media began pointing out hypocrisy in the Mayor's stance. Conservative commentator Jack Posobiec posted older tweets of Stewarts' from 2018.
"Here are the detailed tables from our polling showing 10% of the 4 million adults living in BC would consider civil disobedience to stop the Kinder Morgan Pipeline," said Stewart, who has historically opposed pipelines and favoured civil disobedience.