The yellow vest movement has crossed the pond and the prairies, landing in Alberta. Picking up the mantle laid down in France, some Albertans are rallying to bring attention to the struggling oil industry and pipeline delays.
Mooseclean’s attended a protest in Edmonton for a front line perspective on the situation. Oil rigger Jerry Spanner told us, “It’s a chance for people other than lefty liberals to protest with the added enticement of violence.”
Alberta is to Canada what Canada is to the US: mostly ignored and occasionally bullied. This treatment doesn’t sit well with Albertans trying to earn a living in Canada’s energy province.
“We’ve been looking for a reason to riot here in Alberta,” said protester Claire Kirby. “When we saw what they were doing in Paris, we knew we’d found our opportunity.”
Along with concerns about the environment being put ahead of the population, the yellow jacket movement also cites participation in a convoy, any excuse to be openly racist and nothing better to do as driving forces.
“We saw what this movement did in France,” said trucker Gus Baird. “Macron tucked his tail between his legs and repealed the fuel tax. Trudeau is just a taller version of Macron with a younger wife, so we figure it’ll work the same.”