The Battle of Billings Bridge

A story of Canadian heroism

Julia Marsiglio

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It was a cold February day in Ottawa, Ontario, the capital city of Canada. A pair of men on horseback rode down the snowy streets, between rows of transport trucks moored to the ice. The video zoomed in on the second figure, proudly waving his blood-red flag high in the air — and the caption read: “the calvary has arrived”.

It’s not uncommon in Canada to see police on horseback in our cities. Sometimes they are dressed in mountie-red, with their iconic striped breeches and singular hats. But this was no mountie, and the symbol he displayed was not Canadian.

It was a Trump for President 2024 flag, being lauded as a hero by the Ottawa occupiers — a group intent on unseating our recently re-elected prime minister over dissent targeted at his covid policies.

But their grievances run deeper than that. For the convoy participants, it’s personal. Many seem to believe that Trudeau is the unclaimed son of Fidel Castro, is part of an elite cabal intent on enslaving the world and is trying to kill us with vaccines and masks: some variation of “the great reset” conspiracy theory. Many hold up Trump as an anti-Trudeau — a figurehead who represents their worldview more closely.

They seem to have a particular disdain for what they call “legacy media”, which most people simply call Canadian media.

White supremacists and anti-Islam individuals have found safe harbour for their views amongst this group, and this fits right in with their great replacement myth: the far-right conspiracy that there is an active genocide intent on erasing and replacing white people with everyone else. The vaccine, for some, was a vehicle to eliminate them by weakening their immune systems.

It all started with a Memorandum of Understanding and a handful of trucks. Throughout the pandemic, dissent about covid policy bubbled, particularly in Western Canada, a place with no lost love for our current prime minister, Justin Trudeau or his father, the iconic Pierre Trudeau.

Several years back western separatists and white supremacists had attempted a trucker’s convoy to Ottawa to protest oil issues and immigration among other things. It failed to pick up the necessary steam and funds to cause…

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Julia Marsiglio

I answer rhetorical questions. Intersectional feminism. Neurodivergence. Trauma. Grief. Canada things. A smattering of poetry and fiction.