Canadian Veteran to Travel 2,700 Miles in March to Support Freedom Convoy

Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) veteran James Topp began a grueling march from Vancouver to Ottawa in support of Freedom Convoy protesters against Wuhan coronavirus restrictions and mandates.

Topp started his journey from Vancouver on Sunday and is looking to travel 4,395 kilometers / 2,731 miles across much of Canada to reach Ottawa and is joined by a small group of others.

A 28-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, Topp posted a mission statement on his “Canada Marches” website saying, “We rise to serve Canadians with honesty, respect and compassion, with the goal of uniting our people. We do this to ensure that our government respects the laws that support the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

According to a report by broadcaster CBC, Warrant Officer Topp was under investigation by the Canadian Armed Forces over his planned march. Several other people are also believed to have been investigated, including two active-duty members of the elite counter-terrorism force JTF2.

Walkers are expected to walk around 25 miles a day and say the entire journey could take between three and four months.

Topp addressed his fans in Vancouver saying, “Determination, dedication, perseverance. The sound of our footsteps will continue ahead of us. They will hear our footsteps to the east.

The veteran admitted he was inspired by Canadian Terry Fox, who after losing his right leg to cancer in 1977 at the age of 18, attempted to walk across Canada to raise money for cancer research, in what became known as the Marathon of Hope.

Fox fell ill after cancer returned to his lungs on September 1, 1980 after running 5,373 kilometres/3,338 miles. He died a few months later on June 28, 1981.

A statue of Terry Fox in Ottawa was implicated in the early days of the Freedom Convoy protests after some protesters allegedly defaced the statue after placing a sign reading “Mandate Freedom” and a Canadian flag on the statue.

Topp’s long walk across Canada comes as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau maintains his powers under the Emergencies Act, despite the end of border blockades before he invoked the law and the Ottawa protest was canceled last weekend.

A vote in the House of Commons on Monday night saw Trudeau’s Liberal MPs and far-left New Democrats (NDP) pass a motion to approve the use of the law, while Conservatives and Bloc Québécois separatists opposed the invocation of the act.

Follow Chris Tomlinson on Twitter at @TomlinsonCJ or by e-mail at ctomlinson(at)


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