Pipeline protest convoy approaches Ottawa after rolling across country

Sault native Patrick King of the United We Roll convoy greets his mother Teresa Feb. 17 2019. Darren Taylor  SooToday

Sault native Patrick King of the United We Roll convoy greets his mother Teresa Feb. 17 2019. Darren Taylor SooToday

Semi trucks, yellow vests, and "Make Canada Great Again" hats rolled into Ottawa on Tuesday, marking the end of a six-day journey for oil and gas advocates from across the country.

Trucks in the United We Roll convoy - which left Red Deer, Alta. on February 14 - were scheduled to stay in Arnprior on Monday night before converging on Parliament Hill on Tuesday. Carritt said participants also are unhappy about the government's recently signing a non-binding United Nations compact on global migration.

The convoy, created to vocalize opposition to Bill C-48 (the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act) and Bill C-69 (An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act), first began rolling in Alberta on February 14 with the goal of arriving in Canada for a protest on February 19 to 20.

A GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of the convoy has raised over $128,000.

Carritt said yellow vesters were welcome, as long as they're peaceful. "Our new name is United We Roll!"

"No matter what you wear - whether you're a yellow vest, blue coverall, white hardhat, black hardhat or a suit and tie - it doesn't matter".

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Organizer Jason Corbeil said demonstrations would be held on the lawn of Parliament between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, and 11 a.m. and mid-afternoon Wednesday. Marie before mustering at Arnprior, Ont., just outside the capital. The blog of one of those organizers includes calls for specific politicians to be executed, refers to immigrants as "subhuman" and argues women don't belong in politics.

"This convoy is a Yellow Vests Canada convoy and any well-meaning pro-pipeline individuals involved are in fact legitimizing and breathing oxygen into the broader Yellow Vests Canada movement, which spreads hate, conspiracy theories, and death threats targeting Muslims, politicians, and other Canadians", he said.

Saskatchewan Conservative MP Cathay Wagantall is planning to speak at the convoy's Parliament Hill event Tuesday.

"I'm here to write an alternative - a counter narrative to the pipeline", said counter-protester Crystal Semaganis.

Organizers say they're getting a lot of support in Ontario that they didn't expect.

The rally is expected to occupy nearly a kilometre of Wellington Street, in front of Parliament.

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