April 18, 2024
Demonstrators at the Nova Scotia–New Brunswick border succeeded in slowing traffic to a near standstill, according to the RCMP.

Canadians mount Freedom Convoy-styled protests against carbon tax

Thousands of Canadians from across the country are gathering along highways, provincial borders, and Liberals MPs’ offices in a Freedom Convoy-styled protest against the federal carbon tax.

The tax rose to 17 cents per litre of gasoline, 21 cents per litre of diesel and 15 cents per cubic metre of natural gas on Monday, Apr. 1.

Event organizers at various locations told True North that demonstrators are prepared to stay for weeks in hopes of swaying Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to remove his costly tax.

“We’re going to be camping out. There’s no departure date, let’s put it that way,” organizer Elliot McDavid told True North at the Calgary protest.

The demonstration saw around 400 attendees by Monday morning, with more arriving each minute. Protesters used traffic pylons to block one way of traffic on Highway 1 heading west towards Banff. Vehicles slowed down and many honked in support, while some protesters tried to hinder legacy media.

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