A group of Alberta oil and gas enthusiasts are set to make their way to Parliament Hill this week.
Glen Carrit, lead organizer for United We Roll, Convoy for Canada and a few hundred others will begin their trip on Thursday, February 14 at Gort’s Truck Wash in Red Deer at 8 a.m.
“To go across the country especially in the middle of February and they have to take time off and it’s a long venture but it shows that people are frustrated with what’s going on in our current government,” he explains.
Carrit says that they are hoping that their grand gesture will spark some change to current legislation.
“We’d like to see the carbon tax repealed, there are people here in Western Canada losing their homes which we’ve never seen before; it just doesn’t do anything to reduce the emissions.“
He says that the crew they have put together are frustrated with what is going on and were willing to sacrifice the time off to show their commitment.
“We’d also like to see Bill C-48 and C-69 be abolished, and there to be immediate action on the proposed pipelines.”
Activities in Ottawa are expected to begin on February 19 with the final leg of the convoy to Parliament Hill scheduled for that morning.
Carrit hopes that people across the country step up for as long or as little as they can during the trip.
“Whether its five miles or city to city or border to border,” he says, “we’ve got a good core of a couple hundred people that are willing to go across the country.”
The morning of the 19 speeches are expected to begin around 11 a.m. and the event is expected to wrap up around 4 p.m. then they will begin the trek back home.
He says they are planning to meet near the Centennial Flame.