Tesla CEO Elon Musk took a swipe at the Liberal government over the weekend, as he continues to show his support for the truckers who are protesting in Ottawa against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions.
“It would appear that the so-called ‘fringe minority’ is actually the government,” Musk said in a series of Twitter posts on Jan. 30, in reply to a tweet of a video showing tens of thousands of protesters in and around Parliament Hill and trucks parked throughout the city.
“If the government had the mandate of the people, there would be a significant counter-protest. There is not, therefore they do not,” Musk said.
The billionaire’s comment seems to be aimed at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who dismissed the protesters on Jan. 26 as being a “small fringe minority” who do not hold the views of majority Canadians.
The trucker convoy, dubbed "Freedom Convoy 2022," began as a protest after the federal government introduced a vaccine mandate for truck drivers crossing the Canada-U.S. border that came into effect on Jan. 15.
Despite Trudeau’s criticism, the convoy protest has gained global recognition, with support coming from the likes of Musk, Russell Brand, Joe Rogan, and others.
As the protest continues, transport Minister Omar Alghabra commented on the possibility of imposing a vaccine mandate for truckers travelling between provinces.
On Jan. 27, the prime minister had said he was going into isolation after finding out that he had been in contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19. He later said that it was one of his children who had tested positive.
Trudeau is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and received his booster shot on Jan. 4.