Hundreds of supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump drove through the streets of Toronto in a large car parade and rally to protest against allegations of fraud during the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
The car parade, held on Jan. 3, began at University Avenue in downtown Toronto and proceeded to Yonge-Dundas Square. Participants made a stop at the U.S. Consulate, where they chanted “stop the steal.”
US Is 'The Last Hope for Freedom'
John Ziraco, a retired IBM engineer, joined the car parade with his son. Ziraco grew up during the time when Ronald Reagan served as U.S. President. He said he upholds traditional values and has been a resolute Trump supporter.
"I hope he will win this election. The American people love him. I believe in Trump, and I believe that he will be sworn in as president on January 20. He has to do what he can to win. The people believe in him, they support him. I am one of them," Ziraco said.
Cody Payant, an accountant from Saskatchewan, said the outcome in the U.S. election contradicts the results of statistics modelling. Canada, being America's closest ally, should do what it can to prevent its neighbour from falling to "corruption," he said.
“The truth is there’s a lot of people in Canada who support Donald Trump, support integrity in the U.S. election, and just want to see a fair election, want to see justice in the U.S. election system,” Payant said.
“It’s a fight between good and evil right now, and we just want to see justice served.”
'We Support Trump Because We Don't Want Communism'
Another participant at the rally, who went by the name of Lily, said a lot of people support Trump because he is fighting against the encroachment of the Communist Party of China in Western society.
“These people came from a communist country, they don’t want communism here,” Lily said.
“Stop the steal” rallies have been held in a number of cities across the United States, and more are planned to take place on Jan. 6, the day when U.S. Congress will meet to formally certify the electoral college votes and the final result for the 2020 election.
“On Wednesday, you will know the destiny of this [country],” Lily said. “Whatever happens in the U.S. affects the Canadian [society].”