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'No carbon tax' protest to cause traffic disruptions on B.C. highways

A scheduled protest will take place along the Trans-Canada Highway in Hope and traffic delays are expected on multiple major routes.
Trans Canada Highway Flood-Hope exit 168 could face traffic delays on April 1.

A planned protest could cause disruptions on three major highway routes in B.C. 

Emil Anderson Maintenance, the highway contractor for the Fraser Valley, warned the public of potential traffic disruption taking place on April 1 starting at 9 a.m.

The protest will likely cause disruptions in Hope for Highway 1, 3 and 5. 

“The information we have about this event is thin and vague,” says a spokesperson for Emil Anderson Maintenance. 

Social media posts state the protest is a "B.C. provincial convoy" calling for no carbon tax.

It’s not clear at this time how long the planned protest will last. 

The protests are starting in Kelowna, Kamloops, Langley and Merritt. All of the groups are planning to travel to the Trans-Canada Highway and the Flood Hope Road exit, also known as exit 168 in Hope. 

“It is unclear where exactly potential impacts on traffic will materialize and how long the disruptions will last,” says the spokesperson.

The planned protest falls on the Monday after a long weekend in British Columbia. 

“We wish to ensure you have ample notice regarding this possible incident, to minimize associated inconvenience and facilitate smoother travel preparations,” says the spokesperson. 

Emil Anderson Maintenance trusts the public gathering will be carried out peacefully.

“As we receive additional information, we will aim to keep you updated on the situation as promptly as possible,” says the spokesperson. 

People should prepare an alternative route or allow for additional time. 

RCMP is also aware of the protest.

“The safety and interest of our community and its residents are our utmost priority,” says the spokesperson.

The national price on pollution will rise by $15 per tonne on April 1.

Carbon taxes go up April 1 across Canada, from $65 per tonne of CO2 to $80 per tonne, except in Quebec, but British Columbians will still generally pay more, due to the fact less carbon tax revenue gets kicked back to consumers in the form of rebates than elsewhere in Canada.