At the Oct 5 public hearing, a Lowertown resident who supported the convoy shared her experience.
“To me, the convoy, this extreme act of civil disobedience was really a manifestation of just how wrong the vaccine mandates are. When I went to Parliament on the day the truckers arrived, it was loud, and these people looked into my eyes and told me “you have value, you do.” “You did not deserve to be fired and you did not deserve to be treated like a pariah.” I can’t express to you how much this meant to me in that moment after months of just feeling beaten down. Please remember that while this is my story, there are millions of Canadians affected.
I think it’s important to say I’m sorry so I’d like to say I’m sorry. I am sorry to everyone who has lost someone over these past two and a half years because it has been hard on all of us. I am sorry to everyone who lost their job and were excluded by their family and friends because of the vaccine mandate. I am sorry to everyone who felt coerced into getting the vaccine and I am also very sorry to the residents of Ottawa who had their lives turned upside down for those three weeks of the convoy, who had their homes filled with exhaust and had loud noises enter their homes. I’m very, very sorry for all of it.”
You can view the full testimony here.