Equipment Journal editorial
Next month, a convoy of oilfield truckers will drive from Western Canada to Ottawa to deliver a message to our federal government.
The convoy, organized by Canada Action and Rally 4 Resources, aims to demonstrate there is formidable opposition to recent legislation making its way through the federal government that would hinder production within the Canadian oilsands.
The convoy begins its drive in British Columbia on Feb. 13, and will depart Red Deer and Calgary the following day. The truck drivers plan to arrive on Parliament Hill on Feb. 20.
There are two federal bills in the crosshairs of the grassroots convoy: Bill C-48 and Bill C-69.
Bill C-48 aims to ban oil tanker traffic from the north coast of British Columbia, which in turn would eliminate the possibility of new pipeline plans.
Bill C-69 would overhaul the energy project review process by establishing the Canadian Energy Regulator, which would replace the National Energy Board. The bill’s opponent say C-69 will slow down energy project approval, and make the process more political than science based.
How you can help
By opposing these bills, Canada Action and Rally 4 Resources have taken on a cause that’s as grueling as driving across Canada in February.
Let’s face it, getting the government’s attention is expensive and time consuming.
Canada Action is a federally-registered, non-profit group that is tasked with promoting the Canadian oilsands and our natural resource sector. Similarly, Rally 4 Resources is a grassroots organization that accepts support from all levels, including everyday Canadians, industry and government.
Needless to say, they could use your help.
While the convoy is looking for participants to drive cross country in any vehicle type, there are other ways to support the cause.
First, Rally 4 Resources is spearheading a letter writing campaign to Conservative natural resources critic Shannon Stubbs, explaining how C-69 would negatively affect Canadians.
As well, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover the costs of the convoy to Ottawa. So far, the fund has collected about $30,000 of its $250,000 goal.
The convoy is also offering sponsorship and partnership opportunities for businesses looking to get involved. And, Canada Action is selling T-shirts with slogans supportive of the cause.