Cross-Country Trek for Freedoms veteran joined by 1,000 supporters on final leg of journey: photo report

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OTTAWA — Military veteran James Topp was joined by more than 1,000 supporters on June 30 as he arrived in Ottawa en route to his final stop, the National War Memorial — more than four months after beginning his march through Canada from the Terry Fox statue in downtown Vancouver on February 20.

Military veteran James Topp poses for photos with supporters in Ottawa on June 30, 2022. (Noé Chartier/The Epoch Times)
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Military veteran James Topp walks with supporters toward his final stop, the National War Memorial in Ottawa, June 30, 2022. (Noé Chartier/The Epoch Times)

Topp was placed on ‘unpaid leave’ for choosing not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as a civilian at an RCMP detachment, and also faced issues with the Canadian Armed Forces, where he was served 28 years, for the same reason. The military fined him for publicly denouncing federal vaccine requirements while in uniform.

The veteran soldier began his march to protest the COVID-19 mandates.

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Military veteran James Topp walks with supporters toward his final stop, the National War Memorial in Ottawa, June 30, 2022. (Noé Chartier/The Epoch Times)

Topp met with Conservative MPs on June 22 as he neared Ottawa, saying “the trip was strenuous, physically challenging, but at the same time it allowed me to connect with my fellow Canadians in a way I never thought possible. »

When he arrived in Ottawa on June 30 after a 4,300 kilometer journey, more than 1,000 fans joined him on his final hike, and many approached him to take photos, shake his hand or To hug.

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Noé Chartier is an Epoch Times reporter based in Montreal. Twitter: @NChartierET Gettr: @nchartieret

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