Truck strike winds down under threat of fines

| 9/9/2005

Most of the protesting trucks in New Brunswick, Canada, were expected to be rolling by Friday, Sept. 9, as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police began issuing tickets with severe fines.

As many as 1,000 truckers were parked along the Trans-Canada Highway blocking commercial traffic for three days as they protested the rising cost of fuel.

The blockades caused shortages in grocery stores and severely hindered traffic coming in and out of Canada’s Maritime Provinces.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police told the Canadian Press that drivers began moving Thursday night as officers approached them with tickets for unlawful parking along the highway. The tickets carried fines of $120 Canadian.

Eric Bijeau, one of the organizers of the protest, charged that the police had gone too far to shut it down. He claimed they blocked roads that would have allowed trucks from other parts of the country to come in and support the protest.

“It’s hard to believe we’re in a democracy right now,” he told the Canadian Press.