Andrew Scheer Criticized For Support of United We Roll Convoy - 2019-02-20
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is being criticized by activists for his enthusiastic embrace of a controversial pro-pipeline convoy on Parliament Hill and ignoring its racist and anti-immigrant elements, and speaking at the same event as a white nationalist.
United We Roll arrived in Ottawa on Tuesday for two days of rallies, making a cross-country trip from Red Deer, Alberta, to protest the Liberal government's energy policies. From the start, however, the convoy, which was originally called the Yellow Vest Convoy, has been marred by allegations of racism.
"NO to UN/globalist, carbon tax, tanker ban, dirty foreign oil, open borders," said a sign on one convoy truck, which also called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to be charged with treason.
Evan Balgord, director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, has been tracking the group's activities and expressed frustration with how the convoy's more extreme elements have been overlooked by politicians and in media coverage.