Logging truck convoy drives home message about dire state of B.C. forest industry

MERRITT – A convoy of logging trucks gained some attention as protesting drivers blew their horns while winding their big rigs through Vancouver streets on Wednesday.

As many as 200 logging trucks left Merritt, nearly 300 kilometres northeast of Vancouver, Wednesday morning in a demonstration by owners and drivers to highlight the effects of dozens of mill closures and thousands of layoffs in B.C.’s forest industry.

Dozens of trucks lined up for the chance to pass by the Vancouver Convention Centre, where local and provincial politicians are gathered for the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities convention.

Hundreds of people stepped out of the meetings to wave in support at the truckers, including Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson.