The oil industry protest – trucks headed to the Saskatchewan Legislature – is not new. In the early 1970s, the industry did the same thing to protest something called Bill 42, which was a provincial attack on the industry.
Ottawa and the environmental groups are eating up these protests. After all, who can feel sorry for a bunch of people with hundred-thousand-dollar trucks complaining? But they’re not the real story here. No, the real story is how average people who don’t even work in the oil business are being hurt.
A report earlier this week showed the Canadian dollar is dropping because of our falling exports – mostly oil – is costing Canadians money. Imports, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, are more expensive. That means real people, the middle class, is actually being smacked by Ottawa’s unwillingness to support the oil patch. Average people may not track the value of the dollar every day, but they certainly feel it.
So next time you see a convoy of oil trucks, thank them. They are the ones who are really protecting the middle class.