FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local group Fort St. John for LNG hit the road today on the long journey to Ottawa.
The group met at the Pomeroy Sports Centre and were sent off by supporters, excited and hopeful for what is to come.
Group founder Alan Yu says he’s been looking forward to this day for a very long time.
“I’ve been looking forward to this day for a very long time, so we are very much excited. I am more excited about the fact that we are getting a lot of support from Alberta, especially from a man named Jason, who walked 430 km to Edmonton to deliver the message that we are delivering to Ottawa.”
The group has raised about $12,000 of the $20,000 goal they had set before they left. Yu says the goal is still achievable despite not making quite as much as they had hoped.
Petitions and letters are being taken to Ottawa to hopefully be met by the higher up government.
“We want Ottawa, the federal lawmakers in Ottawa, to see the urgent need for them to approve the projects for LNG and for the oil pipeline going to the East. So that the unemployed workers of Northern B.C. and Alberta can go back to work.”
Yu also noted that they are not trying to get a bail out but rather a firm “yes” so they know what they can prepare for going forward.
When they get to Ottawa, they will meet with the office of MP Bob Zimmer but they have bigger goals in sight on who to meet with.
“We hope that the drama of this road trip and the media exposure, and the social media exposure we are getting, will get us a better audience.”
The group hopes to arrive in Ottawa by June 1st.