Canadians in BC and Alberta are planning a massive convoy to Ottawa to protest the "government's halt on the Trans Mountain Pipeline and to support the Energy East proposal". Canadians that support the oil industry in western Canada are reportedly angry that the government has been interfering with the production of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
In a Facebook event, Canadians are calling for "a convoy to parliament to oppose Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government and Bills C-69 and C-48." These protestors are planning a massive truck convoy to Parliament Hill to hinder these bills from passing and to support building the Trans Mountain Pipeline and the Energy East Pipeline proposal.
According to officials, Bill C48 "prohibits oil tankers carrying more than 12,500 metric tons of crude oil or persistent oil from stopping or unloading along British Columbia's north coast."
Bill C69 "enacts the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act and to amend the Navigation Protection Act." In addition, the bill made "consequential amendments to other Acts" as well. These two bills are the main reasons why oil industry workers are at odds with the government.
Now, Canadians that support the oil industry are furious and are using new tactics to try to stop the government from shutting down the pipelines in western Canada. For instance, some Canadians recently created a Facebook event stating that oil supporting Canadians should rally together and convoy all the way to Ottawa together to protest the government's supposed interference with the pipelines.
If you're unfamiliar with the word convoy, the term derives from the war, when groups of tanks or ships would travel together in a group as a means for protection. Now, many Canadians use the term as slang for driving multiple vehicles together to a designated location, in this case, hundreds of Canadians are planning to drive their cars to Ottawa together.
oil workers rally in nisku alberta today pic.twitter.com/pI6nQeT533— Neil Larkin (@kidlarkin) December 20, 2018
The turnout for the truck rally in Bonnyville, Alberta today was amazing to see. Proud to roll with the people that make Alberta and All of Canada strong! #oilandgas #canadaisbleeding #YellowVestProtests #bonnyville #alberta #prairieproud #allbritesigns #signsolutions pic.twitter.com/m871dB5LEW— All Brite Signs/Sign Solutions (@AllBriteSigns) December 22, 2018
Here is another awesome photo showing the beginning of the #convoy of Oil & Gas Semi’s and Work Trucks into #GrandePrairie Alberta Rally in support of the Canadian Oil & Gas Industry & #Protest against @JustinTrudeau Gov’t & their Energy Policies. pic.twitter.com/drVIykLE52— Tanglewood🦋🍁 (@StacAmberly) December 17, 2018
Since last month, Canadians have been rallying across the western side of the country to demonstrate their support for the pipelines and jobs in the oil industry. One tweet above shows a convoy rally in Nisku, Alberta on December 20, 2018.
This isn't the only planned rally that's happened recently. In addition to the planned event to Ottawa, there have been reports of multiple convoy rallies across western Canada earlier this month. The tweets above show rallies in Alberta and specifically a large rally in Bonnyville.
The details of the rally heading to Ottawa reads, "Families who work in, and support, the Canadian oil and gas industry have been speaking up. Canadians across the country have emailed letters, made phone calls, signed petitions and rallied across the country. We need to make sure Ottawa is hearing us. After all we’re all Canadian, and every family matters.
We need Justin Trudeau’s government to stop Bill C69 & C48, do everything to get Trans Mountain built now and get Energy East back on the table.
A convoy from Western Canada to Parliament Hill is being planned. Details will be published as they are finalized and a go fund me page to donate to the cause will be set up in January and linked to from our official Facebook page."
It looks like workers in Alberta and BC that support the pipeline plan to embark on a long journey across Canada to protest Justin Trudeau's bills that could hinder production of the pipeline.
The Facebook event states the rally will begin on February 15th, 2019 and continue until February 20th, 2019 when the protestors expect to reach Parliament Hill. There are already over 1200 Canadians interested in attending the convoy to Ottawa. If you live between Alberta and Ontario, you may see a giant line up of trucks commandeering the roads to our nation's capital in February of next year.