Veteran on Cross-Country Trek for Freedoms Joined by 1,000 Supporters on Last Leg of Journey: Photo Report

Veteran on Cross-Country Trek for Freedoms Joined by 1,000 Supporters on Last Leg of Journey: Photo Report
Military veteran James Topp walks with supporters toward his last stop, the War Memorial in Ottawa, on June 30, 2022. (Noé Chartier/The Epoch Times)
Noé Chartier
6/30/2022
Updated:
7/1/2022

OTTAWA—Military veteran James Topp was joined by over 1,000 supporters on June 30 as he arrived in Ottawa on the way to his final stop, the War Memorial—more than four months after he began his walk across Canada from the Terry Fox statue in downtown Vancouver on Feb. 20.

Military veteran James Topp poses for photos with supporters in Ottawa on June 30, 2022. (Noé Chartier/The Epoch Times)
Military veteran James Topp poses for photos with supporters in Ottawa on June 30, 2022. (Noé Chartier/The Epoch Times)
Military veteran James Topp walks with supporters toward his last stop, the War Memorial in Ottawa, on June 30, 2022. (Noé Chartier/The Epoch Times)
Military veteran James Topp walks with supporters toward his last stop, the War Memorial in Ottawa, on June 30, 2022. (Noé Chartier/The Epoch Times)

Topp was put on “leave without pay” for choosing to not receive a COVID-19 vaccine as a civilian in an RCMP detachment, and also encountered problems with the Canadian Armed Forces, where he served 28 years, for the same reason. The military has charged him for speaking publicly against federal vaccine requirements while in uniform.

The veteran embarked on his trek across the country to protest against COVID-19 mandates.

Military veteran James Topp walks with supporters toward his last stop, the War Memorial in Ottawa, on June 30, 2022. (Noé Chartier/The Epoch Times)
Military veteran James Topp walks with supporters toward his last stop, the War Memorial in Ottawa, on June 30, 2022. (Noé Chartier/The Epoch Times)

On June 22, Topp met with around 20 Conservative MPs as he was getting closer to Ottawa. “The journey has been arduous, physically challenging, but at the same time, it has allowed me to connect with my fellow Canadians in a way that I never would have thought possible,” he told them.

As he arrived in Ottawa on June 30 after a 4,300-kilometre trip, over a 1,000 supporters joined him on the last leg of his trek, with many approaching him to take photos, shake his hand, or give him a hug.

Noé Chartier is a senior reporter with the Canadian edition of The Epoch Times. Twitter: @NChartierET
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