Freedom convoy organizer James Bauder announces plans for large convoy to Victoria to fight vaccine mandates

He's dubbed it Bearhug B.C. and says it could go on for two to three months

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      Victoria residents might want to prepare for a lot of trucks coming to their city on March 14 to protest vaccine mandates. 

      "We're going to be occupying that area for two to three months," organizer James Bauder said on Rumble from Mattawa, Ontario. "This is a very intense, deeply rooted NDP-Liberal stronghold down there. And they've had their way for too long." 

      He expects 500 to 1,000 vehicles will travel from Surrey to Victoria for what he's dubbed "Bearhug B.C." and "Bearhug II".

      B.C. Ferries requires passengers to wear masks onboard its vessels.

      Bauder is the founder of Canada Unity and was one of the organizers of Freedom Convoy 2022 to Ottawa.

      Now, he's setting his sights on Victoria because B.C. is one of the provinces that still requires people to wear masks in indoor spaces. He said that the event will be funded through social media by Canadians and Americans.

      The plan is for "multiple rolling convoys", between 100 and 200 in size over the course of two to three months. People will register for individual events.

      "It's time that we get down there and show them what the laws are. And not your opinions, folks," Bauder declared. "There is so many laws that our government has violated. The media is supporting the breaking of these laws—and society has got to start getting back to the right side of the law, and defending ourselves legally, via lawsuits."

      He insisted that "everything that we're going to do is going to be 100 percent legal".

      "We will not be doing any blockades," Bauder promised. "We will not be doing any occupying movements or anything like that."

      In his social-media post, Bauder said that the convoy to Victoria will begin in Thunder Bay on Monday (March 7). From there, it will travel west with stops planned in Dryden, Ontario, Winnipeg, Moose Jaw, Calgary, Kamloops, and Surrey before heading to Victoria.

      According to Bauder, there are already seven semis en route. He also said that there will 16,000 hamburgers available for those who attend Bearhug B.C.

      “Canada, we really do have to support B.C. right now," Bauder told his followers. "It’s one of the hardest hit provinces.”

      In January, Canada Unity released a memorandum of understanding calling for the Senate and governor general to peacefully overthrow the Trudeau government. Bauder and his wife Sandra were two of the three "authorized" signatories.

      The MOU also called on the Senate and the governor general to agree to "cease and desist all unconstitutional, discriminatory and segregating actions and human rights violations".

      The occupation of downtown Ottawa ended after the Trudeau government invoked the Emergencies Act. A massive number of police then cleared out the protest after more than three weeks.

      As the Emergencies Act was being debated in the Senate, the Trudeau government decided to withdraw this measure.