Truck rally for resource communities Wednesday

A truck rally in support of resource communities will be held Wednesday in Prince George.

It will coincide with the three-day B.C. Natural Resources Forum and is meant to draw the attention of B.C. Premier John Horgan and other politicians who will attend the conference.

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"Urban environmental groups are leading the current debate over the use and management of B.C.'s rich natural resource legacy with little reference to the resource producing economies of rural B.C.," organizers said in a press release.

"Consequently, many good mining, oil and gas, hydroelectric, forestry, fisheries and agriculture industries, the essential transportation infrastructure projects (pipelines, transmission lines, rail etc), and service industries are under siege.

"Left out of the conversation are the working families of these industries. Our goal is to combine and amplify those voices."

The rally is being organized by TheNorthMatters, a Kitimat-based group whose aim "is to build strength in Northern communities while aligning and creating opportunities for its residents," according to a posting on the community's chamber of commerce page.

Vehicles of all types are welcome, from commercial vehicles to family station wagons.

It starts at Boundary Road off Highway 16 - the lineup starts at 9 a.m. and makes its way to the Civic Centre starting at 10 a.m.

Speeches will follow, starting at 11:30 a.m.

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