The rallies and town halls against Rachel Notley and the NDP are continuing even though Bill 6 has passed.
Albertans are still outraged over the lack of consultation with farmers and stakeholders when the NDP rammed through their farm unionization law, Bill 6. And many people reject the new carbon tax as a backdoor sales tax on everything and as a direct attack on oil and gas. They're right.
Before Christmas, I caught up to a rally along the side of the highway at Sylvan Lake. It was snowing, blowing and minus 20 that day but concerned Albertans still lined the side of Highway 22, getting signatures on their petitions to ask the government to stop both Bill 6 and the carbon tax. The organizers told me over the course of the rally, a few hundred people had come and gone based on their sign up sheets.
Some of these people are looking for a way to demonstrate their frustration, and others, like George Clark are trying to make change. He’s a man on a mission. He is trying to force the government to hold a plebiscite - an opportunity for the public to directly vote on Bill 6 and the carbon tax. The last time a province wide plebiscite was held in Alberta was 50 years ago and even if Mr. Clark is successful, the results of a plebiscite aren't legally binding. Still, the tens of thousands of names he has collected sends a powerful message.
This week, I caught up to an anti-NDP town hall in the oil and gas community of Drayton Valley.
There was a long line of tables set up to take signatures on petitions and as always, there were donations to the food bank. And I brought with me the Rebel's "stop the carbon tax" signs.
Now, this week The Canadian Federation of Independent Business released their latest Business Barometer. It showed that small business confidence is at an all time low in Alberta. It’s the lowest the CFIB has seen not only in Alberta but across all provinces since they started tracking this data 15 years ago. That strong sentiment is reiterated by the business owners in Drayton Valley.
They see little hope ahead in 2016, just more desperation and frustration.
Albertans are trying to send a message. But is anybody in Rachel Notley's government listening?
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