Company authorities believe an attack on their trucks during
the weekend may be related to the ongoing truck strike at Vancouver’s ports.
According to news reports, sometime after midnight on July
23, a group of “South Asian men” drove a red car onto property owned by
Pro-West Transport and opened fire, heavily damaging eight trucks, one of which
contained a sleeping driver. The driver was uninjured in the attack.
Mike Bowman, president of Pro-West, told the Canadian
Press that he believes the attack was a warning from striking truckers.
Pro-West has continued to deliver goods to Vancouver ports in spite of a strike
by independent truckers that has been going since June 27.
The striking truckers have all but shut down Vancouver’s
ports and are demanding higher rates and a fuel surcharge to cope with their
The shootings are the latest in a string of violence in the
area. Early on July 23, a driver for another company reported slashed
suspension air-bags and tires on two trucks parked at his home.
Other drivers have received phone calls threatening harm to
their families. Still other trucking companies have reported broken
windshields, bricks thrown through windows at the homes of drivers, and
security personnel being held at gunpoint while trucks were vandalized.
Meanwhile, both the Canadian federal government and the
British Columbia government have thus far refrained from intervening in the
However, a government-appointed facilitator is expected to
meet with both sides later this week.