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Corbella: United We Roll convoy a beautiful sight as it heads to Ottawa

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Perhaps it’s no surprise, but some of the first words crackling over the CB radios in the United We Roll Convoy for Canada as it pulled out of a Red Deer parking lot Thursday morning was: “We got a great big convoy, ain’t it a beautiful sight?”

Those words from the famous song, Convoy, were a 10-4. With Canadian flags flapping and huge signs declaring love for Canadian oil and gas, it was, indeed, a strangely beautiful and, I’ll admit, somewhat emotional sight.

Seeing 159 vehicles — everything from huge semi-trucks to sporty sedans — coming together as one to drive home the message that Western Canada’s energy industry is hurting and deserves the support of the entire country — was moving in more ways than the obvious one.

“The main message we are taking to Ottawa with this convoy is that our oil-and-gas sector is in trouble,” said Glen Carritt, the convoy manager, who has done the bulk of the organizing of this five-day trek to Parliament Hill.

“We need a prime minister to be a champion for the industry that has done so much to fuel this country’s prosperity,” said Carritt, a councillor with the town of Innisfail, who literally shook from the cold as he stopped for numerous media interviews before jumping into his rig that looks much like a fire truck and is used in his industrial safety company.

“We need to get our pipelines in the ground and soon. We need to abolish Bill C-69 and Bill C-48 and we need the carbon tax abolished,” said Carritt, referring to the Impact Assessment Act — Bill C-69 — that critics say will make building a pipeline in the future........

© Fort McMurray Today