Member of Parliament for Battle River – Crowfoot Damien Kurek is back in Ottawa fighting for the people of his constituency.
Kurek’s current target in the battleground known as the House of Commons is the “frustration, incoherence, and absurdity” of the Liberal government moving forward with the vaccine mandate for truckers.
The mandate, which came into effect in January, requires truckers coming back into Canada to be vaccinated if they don’t want to quarantine.
“Canadian truckers are frustrated,” said Kurek.
“It started a spark and a level of support grew across the country that no one expected. Millions of Canadians have joined in the cause.”
Kurek is referring to the numerous “Freedom Convoys” and demonstrations that have popped up across the country in recent days which have coincided with thousands of people converging on downtown Ottawa who have vowed not to move until all the health mandates in the country are lifted.
“They came to Ottawa with a message,” said Kurek.
“It’s certainly been interesting.”
Kurek noted that the Federal government response to the convoys has been “very concerning,” with the Prime Minister calling the demonstrators “the fringe of society.”
“It has created an untenable situation to score political points,” said Kurek.
As for the demonstrators themselves, Kurek doesn’t agree with how they have been portrayed.
“It’s been a very, very, narrow view,” said Kurek.
Kurek said that he has been through the Ottawa core and has not seen any of the hate symbols that have been shown in the media.
“I condemn anyone that uses those symbols over the course of this protest,” said Kurek.
“I have seen none of that. I’ve seen lot’s of trucks on the streets, and people picking up garbage.”
For his part, Kurek would like to see the Trudeau led Liberal government show “an ounce of humility and contrition when considering their policy.”
“The fact that these protests are still taking place, that lays at the feet of Justin Trudeau,” said Kurek.
“It’s a failure to bring Canadians together. His government speaks nicely in flowery language, but the agenda is divide and conquer. These people want to be heard.”
Where it comes to change in his own party, Kurek said that the result of the vote which ousted former leader Erin O’Toole on Feb. 2 was “decisive.”
“Conservatives wanted to move in a new direction, with a new leader,” said Kurek.
Manitoba MP Candice Bergen has been voted in by Caucus as the interim leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and popular and outspoken Trudeau critic MP Pierre Poilievre has already thrown his name into the ring to be the next leader of the party.
“The future of the Conservative Party is bright,” said Kurek.
“It’s an exciting time.”