Posted by: aShogunNamedMarcus
There's mining trucks joining the convoy from somewhere. I can link up the tweet later but that'd require some level of corporate endorsement.
I think a lot of you no convoy types are underestimating the general support of the underlying idea. That being open us back up if masks and vaccines aren't as efficient or effective as we were told.
I think you might be overestimating the general support. A few thousand people clogging up a downtown core can seem like a lot of support, but in reality it's a minority of the population. The protest here in Van this past weekend had maybe what, 2000 people? That represents maybe 0.08% of the total population and around 0.1% of the working age population. Sure, there's probably more people at home who support the idea, but even then they would not represent a significant percent of the population. What percent do you feel it would be necessary where the people that support the underlying idea of the protest would manage some sway in directing public policy? 10%? 20% I think not until the support was at 25% or higher would those views have any sort of influence on public policy. And even then, those views would have to be weighed against the available science and data. There is more to this than just masks and vaccines and if you start looking at regional data in terms of infections, sickness and death and weigh that against things like masks, vaccines, environmental factors, data issues and I even think the health of peoples' immune systems in relation to their environment then you might start to see why some regions with fewer restrictions are faring the same or similar to regions with more restrictions. In short, convoy people are looking at things with too narrow a lens.
I'm not saying their voice should be ignored or that they don't have a right to express their views or protest to support their views, but the amount of support they have is quite a way off from anything that represents a significant portion of the population. Add to that the fact that their views are generally unfounded or based in false or faulty info, then their voice really has limited say and they've reached the point where their right to protest has to be weighed against the rights of others to enjoy the very freedoms they say they are arguing for. The convoy protest is now was past their due and they either need to move on in recognition of that or be prepared to be moved out by provincial or federal authority figures.
This article from Bookings delves into the issue of the difference in mortality between high income and low income countries if you want to get a sense of why there seems to be disparities.