200 logging trucks roll into downtown Vancouver

Friday 27 Sep 2019

As many as 200 logging trucks came rumbling through downtown Vancouver Wednesday, bringing the plight of B.C.’s embattled forestry sector to provincial leaders. Government MLAs and the province’s mayors are gathered at the Vancouver Convention Centre for the annual Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) convention.

Convoy co-organizer Frank Etchart, who owns Nadina Logging Ltd., told Global News action to address mill closures and curtailments in the province is needed immediately.

“We want to bring awareness to the public and to our current sitting government that we are pressed for time, we don’t have time anymore,” he said. “It’s happening. So, we are asking for help and the only one who can help us right now is the government.”

Truckers began departing from various northern B.C. communities early Wednesday morning, and gathered in Merritt before pushing on to the Lower Mainland. By 4 p.m., the convoy that some estimated to be 14 kilometres long began rolling down Hastings Street into the downtown core, blasting their horns along the way.

The convoy was met by hundreds of onlookers, some of them cheering and applauding the truckers. Others held signs voicing support for the forestry industry, reading “forestry feeds my family.” Organizers said they understand the rally will disrupt traffic, but it will highlight an issue that is near and dear to small-town British Columbians who are losing jobs in the forestry industry.

The province says there have been four permanent mill closures in the B.C. interior, affecting between 500 and 700 workers, along with 13 indefinite closures affecting another 1,000 workers. With curtailments included, the province estimates as many as 3,000 workers could be impacted.

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Source: globalnews.ca

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