Speakers at another pro-pipeline rally in Alberta continued their attack on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday, saying if leaders in Ottawa did not hear their message now, they would do so when the planned convoy arrived there in 2019.
Chad Miller with the Oilfield Dads group told a crowd of around 1,000 people gathered at Rocky Mountain House that the province suffered from "the worst recession that caused depression" in a generation because of weakening oil prices, exacerbated by a lack of pipeline capacity.
"Even those who set aside for rainy days and then some have to use their savings, and much more, to try to deal with this never-ending difficult scenario," Miller said.
A number of demonstrations and convoy trucks have been held throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan in recent weeks to protest federal actions which critics say will make construction of pipelines more difficult. That includes Bill C-69 to change the National Energy Council and Bill C-48, which will ban oil tanker traffic on the northern coast of British Columbia.
The convoy in Medicine Hat, Altam., Over the weekend pulled 650 vehicles, according to police, and a planning group in February will travel from Western Canada to Ottawa.
"Today, I said to Ottawa, can you hear us?" Miller asked the crowd at a Saturday rally.
"Don't worry, you will see us in February when we convoy to Ottawa!"
Truck convoys are also held Saturday at Lloydminster, which crosses the Alberta-Saskatchewan border.
Earlier this month the federal government announced it would spend $ 1.6 billion to help energy companies struggle because of falling oil prices.
But Jason Nixon, who represented Rocky Mountain House in the provincial legislature, said what Alberta really wanted was a pipeline.
"Trudeau, we don't want your money. We want you to avoid it," Nixon told the crowd at Rocky Mountain House.
Rally 4 Resources and Canada Action groups said in a Facebook posting that the convoy to Ottawa was intended to end February 20 on Parliament Hill. The post said letters voicing support for the industry, as well as photos of individuals and families, would be sent to the Senate.
The page stressed that the event was not connected with the so-called yellow vest campaign, which also advocated for pipelines but was linked to opposition to Canada signing the UN migration pact.
"To be clearer, we are taking issue with the bad policies put forward by the Justin Trudeau government, but we do not support any political party. This movement is about supporting our family," the Facebook post wrote.