Published: Fri, February 22, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Alberta pro-energy convoy stages Ottawa protest

Alberta pro-energy convoy stages Ottawa protest

One of the issues the protesters in the convoy were concerned about is Bill C-48, which would formalize an oil tanker ban on the northern coast of British Columbia.

Participants of the convoy have also raised concerns about Canada signing on to a non-binding United Nations compact on global migration.

Carritt said Canada's borders "need to be controlled" by Canada and its citizens, not the United Nations.

A GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of the convoy has raised over $128,000. "Our new name is United We Roll!"

Our member of parliament is saying the United We Roll Convoy has made its message to Ottawa loud and clear.

"Everybody's involved", said Carritt.

"No matter what you wear - whether you're a yellow vest, blue coverall, white hardhat, black hardhat or a suit and tie - it doesn't matter. Everybody that's peaceful is welcome".

Organizer Jason Corbeil said demonstrations would be held on the lawn of Parliament between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, and 11 a.m. and mid-afternoon Wednesday. After four days of cross-country driving, the convoy mustered in Arnprior, Ont., just outside the capital but got off to a late start Tuesday morning.

Evan Balgord, the executive director the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, however, is warning that the convoy is giving a platform for hate. He is joining the around 160 others in the convoy.

The group was met by anti-pipeline counter-protesters who posted up along Wellington St.

"A lot of people ask me, 'what's your plan as a government to get pipelines built again?' and I say there was a time when the government didn't have to build pipelines because the private sector did it with investors money".

"Well I think they're enthusiastic to share their message, but there is a sense of desperation and an understanding that if the government will not reverse course, if it will not do away with Bill C-69, or at least amend it significantly, it's going to have a lasting impact on the industry and the families that depend on the energy sector".

The rally could bring much of downtown Ottawa to a standstill over the next two days, with street closures planned around Parliament Hill to make room for the 200 or more semi-trailers, pickup trucks, cars and buses expected.

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