Local trucks prepare for upcoming convoy to Ottawa

By Taylor Chartrand
February 9, 2019 - 6:12pm Updated: February 11, 2019 - 7:15pm


Medicine Hat, AB - The yellow-vest truck convoy scheduled to leave Red Deer for Ottawa on February 14th is a go. 

The trip itself is over 3,000 kilometers and will see trucks travel through Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba all the way over to Ontario, as Albertan's send a direct message to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Government.

President of DD2 Oilfield Rentals and Services Ken Goldade, stated in mid-January that he was sending two trucks as part of the convoy. Goldade confirmed today the trucks will be leaving Medicine Hat for Ottawa on Thursday.

"The convoy is going to leave Red Deer at 8 in the morning," explained Goldade. "We plan to join the convoy in Redcliff by the Esso truck-stop. If weather permits and the roads are good, we're hoping to see the convoy roll through Medicine Hat around 1 or 2 in the afternoon."

Goldade says he has two-employees lined up to make the cross-country trip. If for some reason they can't make it, Goldade says he will take the wheel himself.

"I'd like to go, but that's 10-days or better away from running the business. The two-guys I have going are local guys. If they can't make it, of course I'm going to go because we have to get this done."

The trip itself will be costly however, Goldade says he has had some great, local support for the cause.

"We've got a fair bit of community support to go down. The signs, flags and the fuel tanks were all supplied by local people for the trip. Other individuals have chipped in with fuel and cash donations. So, it's really good that we have a lot of community support."

Goldade says although there are critics out there, this convoy is something that has to happen.

"The main message is Canada's not working the way it is. Our current government doesn't understand all of Canada. They're not governing for all of us. For the west, we need pipelines to get our oil to the market. We're the third largest oil-reserve in the world and we're doing nothing with it." 

Goldade then explained what will happen when the trucks arrive in Ottawa.

"There's two-streets  that will be blocked off and they've got a permit for two-streets downtown Ottawa right close to the Parliament Hill. We're all going to be parked down there and there will be a few people getting up and giving speeches. Hopefully, it's a nice, peaceful operation."

And for all of you that missed the last convoy that rolled through Medicine Hat, Goldade says you're going to want to see this one.

"Sounds like it's going to be a big convoy. Let's keep the message going."

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