Delays expected along major highways in B.C. and Alberta Monday

Travellers along major highways in B.C. and Alberta, could run into delays on Monday, due to convoys protesting the April 1 carbon tax increase.

In B.C., protesters will leave Langley, Kelowna, Merritt, and Kamloops and converge on Hope around 9 a.m.

Highway maintenance contractor, Emil Anderson says there is potential for traffic disruptions along Highway 1, Highway 3, and Highway 5 corridors near Hope.

The contractor says it’s not clear at this point exactly where the traffic issues may occur, or how serious they’ll be.

It adds that it’ll work with the RCMP to minimize impacts on the travelling public.

Protests are also expected in Sparwood.

In Alberta, demonstrators are expected in Cochrane, northwest of Calgary, as well as Lloydminster and Cypress County, near the Saskatchewan border.

In B.C., the carbon tax increase will amount to an extra three cents a litre to fill up.

In Alberta, motorists will once again be paying the provincial government’s 13-cent-a-litre tax, plus the increase to the carbon tax.

-With files from Cole Schisler and Renee Bernard