005 - Marching Across Canada For Freedom With James Topp
And one day in April of 2022, I found myself in the Medicine Hat Mall, interviewing one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. James Topp.Like many, James felt compelled to do something as a result of the Emergency Act being invoked for the peaceful protest in Ottawa, Ontario – also known as the Freedom Convoy. James is an exemplary model for our ability to make a difference, and that all it takes is an idea & commitment to follow through.
Who is James Topp?
James Topp is a current serving soldier who has served in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for 28 years. James is in the process of being released and as such is a unique case of a current serving member engaging in peaceful protest openly. The Canada Marches team, and Canadians have come to know James as a man with great; humility, integrity, drive, leadership, and a desire to serve. Canada is getting to know him as well along the road.
James is keen to protect his mindful integrity by questioning the orders he is being given. He believes in, and talks about, rising above the classification of thoughts. He is keen to avoid identity politics, talking in circles about how we got here, and wants to implore solutions as well as open dialogue. He is often heard saying some version of:
"Can't we all just have respect and compassion for each other, and call it a day?".
This march exists for 3 reasons:
- James is protesting federal government mandates that require, as a condition for employment or continued employment, vaccination, testing, quarantine, and/or isolation;
- James has stepped forward to speak on behalf of those personnel employed by the federal government or otherwise who have been denied access to employment and services, who have lost income and have suffered from damaged relationships due to the imposition of a medical procedure;
- James has also stepped forward to speak on behalf of those who have, through the introduction of false constructs surrounding choices and consequences, been pressured into taking part in medical procedures that they would not otherwise have accepted.
Please consider supporting James as he continues his march to Ottawa. Listen to this episode to hear tangible calls to action for our Federal Members of Parliament.
Visit https://www.canadamarches.ca/ to connect with the Canada Marches Team to support, or to find out where James is marching via their live GPS technology.