Jimmy Patronis lauds ‘freedom convoy,’ blasts ‘mandate mafia’

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The CFO weighs in as Canada mulls national emergency.

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis issued a proclamation Monday in support of the Canadian “freedom convoy.”

This is the latest example of state leadership siding with the protesting truck drivers up north as they exercise what the proclamation calls “their right to demand personal freedom and opposition to repression” related to COVID-19 mandates and mitigation tactics.

Patronis’ proclamation recognized what a news release called the truckers’ “efforts to peacefully protest and oppose Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s vaccine mandate.” The CFO contended that Florida would be happy to be the new home for any Canadian truckers who are ready to divest themselves of citizenship over vaccine rules.

“From first responders to health care heroes and now even truckers, these front-line heroes have been hard at work since day one of the pandemic and now they’re under attack by the mandate mafia, at home and abroad,” Patronis contended.

“For more than two years, they risked their own health to deliver lifesaving supplies and resources and Florida stands with American and Canadian truckers fighting back against heavy-handed mandates that will further stifle our supply chains and force truck drivers out of a job over the jab. In the Sunshine State under Gov. (Ron) DeSantis’ leadership, we value individual freedom and rights,” Patronis added.

“If Canada can’t figure that out then we will embrace these truckers with open arms in Florida,” the CFO closed.

Patronis’ comments are just the latest expression of support for the protest movement from Republicans in state leadership. Both the Governor and the Attorney General fulminated about Go Fund Me’s abandoned threat to redistribute donations for convoy participants earlier this month.

CFO Patronis’ registering of support for the freedom convoy contingent comes as Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau considers invoking that country’s Emergencies Act, according to reports.

This act has never been used to justify a crackdown since it was passed in 1988, but here could be used to quell the protests.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


3 comments

  • Louis Foxwell

    February 15, 2022 at 3:11 am

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    Rubio’s Lacey Act amendments are a swiss cheese of ill advised, destructive measures that will create chaos in a well regulated, heavily monitored industry and bring harm and destruction to critical biotopes and species around the world. This does not count the millions of jobs lost, businesses destroyed, and scientific research strangled.

    Destructive invasives comprise a tiny fraction of the 20,000 animals currently traded in the US. Destroying an entire industry to stop a few possible animals of concern is irrational. Laws and state efforts to mitigate such events are in place now.

    Destructive invasives were brought into this country 25 and more years ago primarily by ill advised government mitigation efforts, not by hobbyists releasing unwanted pets. The science has grown immeasurably since then. These issues are no longer occurring. Mitigation efforts for existing issues are needed, not an outright ban on everything.

    Our state Wildlife agencies are best able to assess their local environments and control species of concern. Federal rules are inappropriate to local conditions.

    This federal law would create a one size fits all draconian ban on any imported animal capable of surviving anywhere in the US including its tropical territories. Nothing fails this test.

    We are about to witness the absolute ban on nearly every animal imported into the US regardless of its origin pr nature. Animals raised on farms, sustainably collected, of no risk at all to any environment in the US, ALL will be considered a threat until proven otherwise.
    This legislation will destroy a sophistical, well regulated industry that has not had a destructive invasive animal escape in 25 years. All of the destructive species in the US today were released, some in massive numbers, more than 25 years ago.

    Not every animal is a nail to be smashed by a federal mallet.

    Louis Foxwell, citizen

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  • Louis Foxwell

    February 15, 2022 at 3:18 am

    (Please delete the above copy. This is corrected for typos)

    Senator Rubio Marco has slipped an amendment, without discussion, into the HR5421 COMPETES bill, now before the Senate, that completely destroys the multibillion dollar pet industry and ends efforts to protect precious species around the world.

    S626, entered into the Senate hopper last March, is one of 600 amendments to the COMPETES bill that will pass without discussion should the Senate approve this bill. Senator Schumer has assured us this will happen. 20 Republicans are on board with the fundamentals of this bill as passed last year in the Senate.

    Senator Rubio’s secret Trojan Horse bill amends the Lacey Act by ending the black list of banned animals to a white list of approved animals. 20,0000 animals of all kinds are now marketed in the US. All but the tiniest fraction will be on this white list.

    Rubio’s Lacey Act amendments are a swiss cheese of ill advised, destructive measures that will create chaos in a well regulated, heavily monitored industry and bring harm and destruction to critical biotopes and species around the world. This does not count the millions of jobs lost, businesses destroyed, and scientific research strangled.

    Destructive invasives comprise a tiny fraction of the 20,000 animals currently traded in the US. Destroying an entire industry to stop a few possible animals of concern is irrational. Laws and state efforts to mitigate such events are in place now.

    Destructive invasives were brought into this country 25 and more years ago primarily by ill advised government mitigation efforts, not by hobbyists releasing unwanted pets. The science has grown immeasurably since then. These issues are no longer occurring. Mitigation efforts for existing issues are needed, not an outright ban on everything.

    Our state Wildlife agencies are best able to assess their local environments and control species of concern. Federal rules are inappropriate to local conditions.

    This federal law would create a one size fits all draconian ban on any imported animal capable of surviving anywhere in the US including its tropical territories. Nothing fails this test.

    We are about to witness the absolute ban on nearly every animal imported into the US regardless of its origin or nature. Animals raised on farms, sustainably collected, of no risk at all to any environment in the US, ALL will be considered a threat until proven otherwise.

    This legislation will destroy a sophisticated, well regulated industry that has not had a destructive invasive animal escape in 25 years. All of the destructive species in the US today were released, some in massive numbers, more than 25 years ago.

    Not every animal is a nail to be smashed by a federal mallet.

    Louis Foxwell, citizen

  • John Miller

    February 17, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    A complaint has been filed to the US dept.of Justice and an investigation has been launched into Gov.Ron De Santis and Jimmy Patronis support and illegal financing of Canada’s Freedom Convoy terrorist organization led by white supremacist Tamara Rich seeking to overthrow the Government of Canada by blocking trade between the US and Canada in violation of the Florida Governors oath of Office.

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