Country music artist Paul Brandt took to the Zello walkie talk app to thank the Truckers for Freedom convoy on their way to Ottawa to protest Canada’s vaccine mandates.
The Calgary-born artist introduced himself to the group that is set to converge on the nation’s capital this weekend.
“I wear a hat and sing for a living. Canadian country singer Paul Brandt here.”
He took the opportunity to thank the truckers for their stand.
“I’ve been listening with my wife and two kids and we want to say thank you for all you are doing in defence of civil liberties and freedoms. You are inspiring the world and we are standing with you.”
Brandt then broken into lyrics from his 1999 remake of C.W. McCall’s Convoy song.
“Ah, breaker one-nine, this here’s the Rubber Duck
You gotta copy on me, Pig Pen, c’mon?
Ah, yeah, 10-4, Pig Pen, fer shure, fer shure
By golly, it’s clean clear to Flag Town, c’mon
Yeah, that’s a big 10-4 there, Pig Pen
Yeah, we definitely got the front door, good buddy
Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got us a convoy”
The former pediatric nurse at the Alberta Children’s Hospital sparked controversy back in September 2021 when he posted on Twitter that he had natural immunity to COVID-19 and his doctor had advised against immunization.
In a follow up Facebook post, Brandt called out the government’s unwillingness to recognize natural immunity, barring COVID-recovered citizens from society via passports and the Restriction Exemption Program.
This included his 13-year-old COVID-recovered son:
“As of today, my son has also been told by the arena that hosts his hockey association that he will not be allowed to participate in sports unless he is vaccinated— even though he has immunity to COVID-19, and is of no greater risk to his peers than anyone else.”
Brandt was appointed by Premier Jason Kenney to a committee on human trafficking back in 2020.
The artist’s blue-collar appeal and unabashed pride of his home province are best captured in his well-known 2004 song Alberta-Bound.
“It’s a pride that’s been passed down to me
Deep as coal mines, wide as farmer’s fields
Yeah, I’ve got independence in my veins
Maybe it’s my down-home redneck roots
Or these dusty old Alberta boots
But like a Chinook wind keeps comin’ back again
Oh, I’m Alberta-bound.”