‘Convoy for Canada’ arrives in Westman Friday

Hundreds of trucks expected in travelling peaceful protest of federal policies covering everything from the oil and gas industry to immigration.

A movement publicizing what it feels is a mismanagement of Canada’s policies on various issues will travel through Brandon during the noon hour on Friday as it makes its way to Parliament Hill.

The Alberta-based “United We Roll! Convoy for Canada” will leave Red Deer, Alta. Thursday, bringing together various Western Canadian stakeholders in several industries to protest what they call “a direct attack against Canadian morals, values and sovereignty” by the federal Liberal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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Among the key issues they are bringing attention to are the need for pipelines to move product to the world market; a stance against the federally enforced carbon tax; the repeal of Bill C-48 regarding an oil tanker ban; the quashing of Bill C-69 which enforces regulations on future pipelines; and “the protection of our Canadian sovereignty – No (United Nations) Global Compact for Migration,” said a press release from United We Roll.

The convoy plans to reach Ottawa by Tuesday, Feb. 19. The group is travelling along the Trans-Canada Highway the full distance of the trek.

Besides representatives from the oil and pipeline industries, organizers are also inviting participation from individuals also affected by federal policies surrounding the convoy’s key protest issues, such as agriculture and trades. The public is also welcome to join the movement at any point along the route and drive as much or as little as they choose.

United We Roll follows several, smaller convoys that were organized throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba in December and January. These “Yellow Vest” protests – which are not directly affiliated with the United We Roll event – each hosted hundreds of vehicles in their consort. Members of these segmented, loosely connected protests have been invited to participate in the trek to Ottawa, however.

Organizers of United We Roll expect about 350 to 400 trucks to take part in the event, alongside up to 1500 personal vehicles and buses.

According to the organization’s agenda, the convoy is expected to pass by Kemnay on Highway 1 at 12:15 p.m.

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