As many as 1,000 truckers were still parked along the Trans Canada
Highway in New Brunswick as their protest over high fuel costs entered its
third day on Thursday, Sept. 8.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police told the Canadian Press they sent in extra manpower to deal with the
situation, which has slowed traffic moving in an out of northern New Brunswick.
The truckers are blocking commercial traffic in the area, but allowing
other traffic through. Eric Bijeau, a spokesman for the protesters, told the Canadian Press that as many as 1,000
trucks are involved in the protest, though authorities put the number closer to
One truck stop operator in the area told “Land Line Now” that, as many
as 400 trucks were parked at her truck stop, though she suspected many of them
were not involved in the protest. She said she thought many were stopped simply
because they couldn’t get past the striking truckers.
And not all truckers in the area are in favor of the protesters. Ralph
Boyd of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association told the Canadian Press that the strike is hurting
business for many of his association’s members and could even hurt relief
efforts for Hurricane Katrina in the United States as supplies get caught up in
“There are materials in that lineup destined for people in great need
in the southern U.S.,” he said.