Speakers at another rally in Alberta, which spoke for the pipeline, continued their attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday, saying that if Ottawa leaders did not hear their messages now, they would hear when the planned convoy arrived there in 2019.
Chad Miller of the Oilfield Dads group told a crowd of about 1,000 people gathered at Rocky Mountain House that the province was experiencing a “worst recession that had turned into depression” due to weakening oil prices, aggravated by the lack of pipeline capacity.
“Even those who refused to take rainy days, and then some had to use their savings and more to try to endure this endlessly complex scenario,” Miller said.
In recent weeks, numerous rallies and convoys have been held in Alberta and Saskatchewan to protest against federal actions, which, according to critics, will complicate the construction of pipelines. These include the C-69 bill on the reconstruction of the National Energy Council and the C-48 bill that will ban the movement of oil tankers on the northern coast of British Columbia.
According to police, a convoy in the Medical Cap, Alta, last weekend attracted 650 cars, and in February the groups are planning one of them, which will leave from Western Canada to Ottawa.
“I’m telling Ottawa today, can you hear us already?” Miller asked the crowd during the Saturday rally.
“Do not worry, you will see us in February when we go to Ottawa!”
On Saturday in Lloydminster held a convoy with a truck that crosses the border between Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Earlier this month, the federal government announced that it would spend $ 1.6 billion to help energy companies struggle because of falling oil prices.
But Jason Nixon, who represents Rocky Mountain House in the provincial legislature, said that Alberta really wants pipelines.
"Trudeau, we do not want your money." We want you to get out of the way, ”Nixon told the crowd at Rocky Mountain House.
Groups Rally 4 Resources and Canada Action report in a post on Facebook that the convoy to Ottawa should end on February 20 at Parliament Hill. The report says that letters expressing support for the industry, as well as individual and family photos, will be delivered to the Senate.
The page emphasizes that this event is not related to the so-called “yellow vest” campaign, which also supports pipelines, but is linked to the opposition of Canada, which signed the United Nations migration agreement.
“To be clear, we do not agree with the bad policies proposed by the government of Justin Trudeau, but we do not support any political party. This movement is about supporting our families, ”- said in a message on Facebook.