Ottawa Truckers hold rally at Canadian Tire Centre

The Greater Ottawa Truckers Association says their rally in the parking lot of the Canadian Tire Centre Saturday sent a message.

General Manager of the Association Ron Barr tells CFRA it was a great turn out.

"We had 147 vehicles show up. Our mandate was to bring attention to the fact that we have a tremendous amount of pressure from the Liberal government, with all these fees and service charges," says Barr. "We wanted to bring awareness that we're not happy about Quebec operators still having an equal presence to an Ontario operator."

Barr adds the rising fees for things like Hydro, clean air testing and tires are hurting Ottawa's trucking businesses.

Local and provincial politicians also showed up, many of them conservatives, and Barr says they made promises to change the status quo.

"One of the things we questioned was Mr. Hudak's Million Jobs Plan. What I have suggested to the politicians in attendance is that they make sure businesses are sustainable and healthy." He says. "Let's face it, in the current state of the ecomomy, I don't see too many people in the mood to hire."

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