'We're not backing down': Canadian truckers share message to Trudeau
OTTAWA, Ontario – Canadian truckers protesting in Ottawa want Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to know they will not leave until mandates are lifted, they told Fox News.
"We're not caving in, we're not moving, we're not backing down," Canadian trucker Joshua Singh told Fox News.
Truckers have been protesting in Ottawa for over two weeks as part of the "Freedom Convoy," calling for an end to the government's COVID-19 mandates. Trudeau demanded the "illegal blockades and occupations" stop, and Ontario declared a state of emergency Friday morning.
but truckers told Fox News they won't leave until they get what they came for.
"Just know that every trucker out here, we're willing to go to jail, we're willing to lose our trucks," Singh told Fox News. "Nothing is going to stop us from accomplishing what we came here to do."
Police have been handing out tickets but truckers will "just pay them," he added.
Many truckers were frustrated, feeling Trudeau has not been willing to talk to them.
"Come to the table," trucker John Lammers told Fox News. "At least, meet with our people, our leaders."
"He's hiding," he continued.
Trucks line the downtown streets of Ottawa on the 14th day of the "Freedom Convoy" (Fox News Digital/Lisa Bennatan)
Sitting beside his husky, a trucker named Doug said: "I'm getting frustrated that the government can't step up and do something and speak to us about what's going on and why we're here."
Asked what it would take for the truckers to leave, all said: dropping the mandates.
Trucker Eric Mueller wants Trudeau to know the truckers will not back down (Fox News Digital/Lisa Bennatan)
"The message is clear, but they're not even coming close to something, trucker Eric Mueller, told Fox News. "There's no communication, nothing."
A trucker hangs thank you notes received from supporters of the movement on the side of his truck (Fox News Digital/Lisa Bennatan)
Every truck driver that spoke to Fox News said they would stay as long as it took.
"It's just a matter of time until they realize that," Singh told Fox News. "We're used to being out on the road for weeks at a time, so it's not phasing us one bit, and with the amount of support they were getting from locals and people all around the world, we're just being encouraged more and more every day."
John Lammers, a trucker for roughly 25 years (Fox News Digital/Lisa Bennatan)
"It's not a matter of who's gonna win," Singh told Fox News. "We already won, we sparked that fire."
Former trucker Kate Weib, sitting alongside her trucker husband, said: "For us to leave here is not an option."
Canadian trucker Natalie parked in her blue truck (Fox News Digital/Lisa Bennatan)
Canadian trucker Natalie told Fox News: "We're not giving up."
Vehicles block roads in downtown Ottawa on the 14th day of demonstrations (Fox News Digital/Lisa Bennatan)