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United We Roll Protest: Truck Convoy Crowd Rallies On Parliament Hill

United We Roll parliament hillSeveral hundred people, about half of them garbed in yellow vests, rallied on Parliament Hill for the United We Roll protest after a late start Tuesday spared Ottawa commuters expecting traffic snarls.

United We Roll left Red Deer, Alta., on Valentine’s Day, intent on bringing a message to the federal Liberal government that “Pipelines need to be built.

Bill C-69 and 48 are obviously a problem. And (so is), the carbon tax,” said one of the organizers, Jason Corbeil, referencing federal legislation seeking to change the environmental review process for energy projects and ban oil tankers from British Columbia’s north coast.

You could hear the honking of the horns of the big rigs that ferried protesters to Ottawa as part of the convoy, which organizers said brought about 200 vehicles downtown.

Among the speakers at the rally were former Ontario MPP Jack MacLaren and current Saskatchewan Sen. David Tkachuk.

Tkachuk thanked them for rolling all the way to Ottawa and urged them on the return trip to roll over every remaining Liberal. “Because when they’re gone, all these bills are gone,” he said.

The horns largely drowned out the group of about 40 counter-protesters who assembled on Wellington Street.

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As of the noon hour, eastbound Wellington Street remained closed between O’Connor and Elgin streets.

The protest on Parliament Hill is expected to jam up traffic downtown for two days.

The convoy was on the outskirts of Ottawa around 9:20 a.m. and Ottawa police Sgt. Mark Gatien, who’d been with the convoy, confirmed its arrival at 9:40 a.m.

The convoy had earlier planned to leave Arnprior at 7 a.m. which would have put the trucks rolling into town in the middle of rush hour after the hour-long drive.

However, the afternoon rush hour may still be busy, warned Ottawa Police Services Sgt. Mark Gatien. And streets surrounding Parliament Hill will be hard to navigate for the next couple of days. 

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Protesters planned to park 200 vehicles in streets surrounding Parliament Hill and meet thousands of other people in front of the House of Commons, said head organizer Glen Carritt.

The convoy was delayed on its trip from Alberta, he said. “Everywhere we go there are people on overpasses, side of the road,” said Carritt, a town councilor in Innisfail, Alta.

He spoke with this newspaper by phone Monday while traveling with the convoy, and loud honks punctuated most of the call. “Everybody wants us to stop.”

Prepare to see Wellington Street packed with Alberta-plated trucks and closed to traffic Tuesday and Wednesday as the United We Roll pro-oil protest convenes on the Hill.


Trucks in the United We Roll convoy left Red Deer, Alta. on Feb. 14.

They were protesting to support the building of pipelines and against the carbon tax and federal legislation seeking to change the environmental review process for energy projects and ban oil tankers from British Columbia’s north coast.

The latest downturn in Albert’s oilpatch has left workers hurting, Corbeil said, many of whom had moved from across Canada hoping to get ahead by doing this work. Now, they’re struggling, and the federal Liberal government’s carbon tax and pipeline inertia aren’t doing anything to help, he said.

“We’re about to show a country that we can unite and stand together against a government that isn’t listening to us.”

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