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We drive all day and hit as much as 3 cities in a day. I am writing this in Medicine hat at 11pm yet my day started at 5:45am today, May 25 . I will only post a brief caption per picture until the time when I can devout more time to write in greater detail.
DAY 1, 2:30pm first stop Dawson Creek with well wisher Gregg Apolonio and another Filipino
Day 1, 4:30pm Grand Prairie. Met up with the 4th member of the LNG or Bust team, Jason Dabrule
Day 2, Grand Prairie met with Jess Elizabeth, our embedded social media person until Calgary. Also met with Dion who will join us in a second work truck until Ottawa. We are now a convoy
Day 2, Fox Creek AB, on the road to Edmonton, Met up with supporter Jeff Thompson who filled our tank with Diesel fuel, gave us food, and cash to fund our trip. Jeff is originally from Fort Nelson but due to the job market situation in North BC, he now works in Fox Creek, away from his family in Fort Nelson
Day 2, 2:15 pm Edmonton
Met with Edmonton supporters and a third and fourth vehicle of our LNG or Bust convoy and a small pick-up with a dog. The very Large OIL RESPECT tanker truck and this dog and his owner will join us to to Red Deer and Calgary.
Day 2 Edmonton 3pm at the steps of the Alberta Legislative Building
Had the honor of a private meeting with Brian Jean, leader of Alberta’s Wildrose Party, and Wildrose MLA Todd Loewen
DAY 3, Red Deer 10am with RALLY for RESOURCES
Day 3, Calgary, our biggest event thus far in terms of media coverage, at Calgary’s City Hall
Day 3, 8pm, arrival in Medicine Hat
Day 4, May 26 8:45 am, Medicine Hat City Hall LNG event
Saskatchewan Legislative Bldg 3:00pm, with MLAs Jeremy Harrison, Steven Bonk, and Warren Kaeding. Interviewed by Global and CTV.
NDP MLA David Forbes, in full support of LNG and OIL. Outside Saskatchewan’s Legislative Bldg
4:00 pm,On the road again for 6 hours before calling it a day in Winnipeg
Arrived in Winnipeg Midnight
Day 5, May 27 Winnipeg Legislative Building, We were lucky to encounter Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Ron Schuler, Minister of Crown Services.
In front of the Manitoba Legislative Building with GOLDEN BOY shining bright
Day 6, May 28, Winnipeg, at the Liberal Party Meeting. We were a good view from the building connector above us.
We were joined by a few locals but as expected most people are not aware of what LNG is
Since I expected that we cant bring signs into the meeting areas, our shirts have these
We were interviewed by independent news providers but our most effective interview was by the Aboriginal People TV Network
4:30pm….off to Ontario, the first day of a 3 day trip to Ottawa
Spent the night in Ignace ,ON
Day 7 , May 29, Long drive arrived midnight in Sault Ste Marie… still in OOONnnntaaarrrio
Day 8 , May 30, after a long 10 hour drive, we finally reached Ottawa
Almost 4500kms in 8 days with stops in:
Sault Ste Marie
and finally OTTAWA
We are no longer just North BC…
we were joined by Jason Dubrule of Go Hard and Dion DaSilva driving his High Artic work truck in Grand Prairie. LNG or Bust now carries the message of Alberta as well as the message of the North BC for LNG groups from Fort Nelson to Kitimat
To Justin, his cabinet, and the Federal Government, we have this urgent message:
“We represent the unemployed and under-employed workers of North BC and Alberta whose friends and families are affected by delayed decision on the Pacific North West LNG, and the Oil and Gas pipelines that will bring our resources to market. We think the human side is being lost in the economic numbers and environmental politics.
If our federal government knew how hard it is for individuals and their families they would realize how urgent it is to cut through the politics and help get projects approved
Most of us are from Fort St. John BC where it used to be that anybody who wants to work could find work. Now unemployment in Fort St. John is the highest in British Columbia. The need for action on the part of government is urgent.
We are just regular people but we think if people like us tell the government through our convoy or social media or by signing our petition that they will see how important these energy projects are to individuals and communities.
We read all the time about how our industry has environmental problems like fracking but we live with gas wells right by us and we know how its safely done. We are confident that clean BC natural gas will more than offset the entire Canadian green house gas production wherever they are used overseas. We are proud to work in an industry that cares so much about worker safety and protecting the environment. We think Canadian oil and gas are the best and we should make sure they are available for other places . ”
LNG or BUST !
Yes! to Oil and Gas
Yes to LNG
LNG or BUST Convoy in Ottawa. trying to figure out how to get a photo op in Parliament Hill. Due to the size of the High Arctic truck, we could not bring it to most of the event venues. The truck was a great comfort to us as we were not traveling alone in the highway.
Day 9, May 31, Ottawa
Kudos to Pat Pimm who flew in tonight as the 6th member of the LNG or BUST bus. Pat was initiated into the crew by changing into a business suit inside the moving bus from the airport to Parliament Hill. Thank you Pat Pimm for your moral-boosting support and for arranging 2 meetings for FSJ for LNG.
Thank you Bob Zimmer MP for a classy dinner at the Parliament Hill formal dining restaurant, a tour of the Parliament Building that only knowledgeable MP could give. We all had a chance to seat in the chair where the Speaker seats and the place where Justin normally seats at.
Bob Zimmer also showed me today the official response to the uniquely FSJ for LNG petition for an LNG Industry in Canada. A petition I drafted and Kristi Pimm-De Maid turned into a thousand plus signature petition last March, This petition was presented to Bob during our Legendary Truck Rally.
Tonight, Bob Zimmer MP also formally received 9 boxes of petition letters signed by FSJ for LNG supporters.
Good news is that the SKEENA poster ad is dwarfed by the sheer number of ICBA and PNW LNG bus stop poster ads within the Parliament Hill area. We are totally disappointed though that the FSJ for LNG poster ads didnt get displayed when they were suppose to be exposed yesterday.
My first Ottawa meeting was with Peace River Westlock MP Arnold Viersen. Arnold will actively lobby for the approval of an LNG Industry in behalf of FSJ for LNG.
the SKEENA poster ad below looks better with a Pro LNG supporter covering it
FSJ for LNG turned over 9 boxes of petition letters to our MP Bob Zimmer. Our MLA Pat Pimm is always by our side to support us.
Day 10, June 1
9am. We met with Brian Kaufmann, a Policy and Regional Affairs advisor at Ministry of Indigenous and Northern Affairs where we discussed our current FSJ job Market condition. Ramona McDonald, a Metis from FSJ discussed how it is to be a Metis business person in North BC.
11am. Met with policy advisors of Catherine McKenna and discussed our current FSJ job Market condition, the human cost of CEAA delay, and got a reply that the delay is needed in order to be able to preserve the salmon population in the area around the LNG plant. What became clear is that the 3 months promised decision time table will include cabinet decision to start after Petronas submits the necessary clarification on salmons preservation mitigation plan. Catherine McKenna joined at the end of the discussion.
Rona Ambrose audience was before our scheduled meeting as she has an interview at our appointed time. Rona’s party is pro LNG however, we requested that the climate change discussion in the federal level take into consideration the entire globe and not just discuss greenhouse gases in Canadian context. Pat Pimm also briefed Rona’s policy advisors on the consequences of progressively increasing carbon tax rate in the lives of northern BC residents which require a lot of heating fuel during the winter and in the competitiveness of Canadian products and services
with Rona Ambrose’s policy advisor and Peace River Westlock MP Arnold Viersen.
Day 11, June 2
In a meeting today with with Ryan Adam, Director of Government Relations, we found out that one of the things that Petronas has to reply on is the 24-hour daylight that will happen during the construction of Pacific North West LNG. The place will be lit up like daytime to allow 24 hours of work. This will affect the internal clock of the salmon and their spawning. The meeting was in behalf of the Minister for Environment Jim Carr.
Chance meeting with legendary John Ivison a political columnist for the National Post,
Courtesy call to Peace River North Senator Richard Neufeld. With MP Bob Zimmer, MP Pat Pimm, and Kristi Leer of Fort Nelson
at one of the 5 FSJ for LNG panel ads. This one is located directly in front of Senaator Neufeld’s office Building
June 10, 2016, Friday
After using the Bus as a mobile billboard (June 6 to 10) to reinforce our Panel Ad impression, it is time to move on for the final leg of the LNG or Bust, HALIFAX, Nova Scotia.
Halifax is not suppose to be in the destination but 3 MPs including John Barlow insisted that we turn this into a coast to coast road trip. no less than 3 MPs called the Provincial Conservative party and I still don’t know what has been arranged in Halifax.
June 10 7pm…Hello Quebec City
A fruitful meeting with pro Canadian Oil and Gas Jaimie Baillie, leader of Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservative. Jaimie is for consumption of domestic Canadian resources, Nova Scotia being home to a lot of resource workers in Alberta. He is for the energy east pipeline and is elated by the breaking news that Quebec has allowed hydrolic fracturing/fracking. He says that the east bans fracking but buys oil and gas from the US that is a product of fracking. I explained to Jaimie our goals for a Canadian LNG Industry and it’s effect on FSJs economy and he is all for it and will help us lobby for one. Halifax is constructing an LNG plant but I can’t get hold of anyone involved in it. It is in a very remote place.
This is the end of LNG or BUST Road trip. The lonely trip back home to Fort St. John, alone in a big bus, starts.
I will stop to smell the flowers along the way and connect with old friends I have not seen in a long time.