February 01, 2019

Albertans rally against NDP’s land use changes to Bighorn Backcountry: “This is OUR backyard”

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

Thursday, nearly one thousand Albertans participated in a rally at the Servus Arena in Red Deer to protest the NDP government’s proposed land use changes to the Bighorn Backcountry.


The Notley government is planning to turn a vast swath of western Alberta into a provincial wildland park, but the plan is facing steep and vocal opposition from locals, First Nations and businesses within the region.

Public consultations on the new park were canceled by Environment Minister Shannon Phillips who accused Bighorn area residents of threatening and bullying those who were in support of the plans for the new park.

But those threats never happened. The RCMP confirmed on at least two separate occasions that they had no investigations related to these alleged threats at Bighorn consultations.

Shannon Phillips lied.

She vilified normal Albertans and made allegations of criminal behaviour based on their disagreement with her land use changes. She lied to shut down the consultations that weren’t going her way, and thereby denied Bighorn residents the ability to participate in democracy.

At Thursday's rally, organized by Garet Schmidt of Love Our Trails, I spoke to locals and those who make use of the backcountry to get their opinions on the NDP’s proposed land use changes, and I asked them what they thought about Shannon Phillips’ and her lies. I even interviewed some people on horseback!

Aboriginal groups, hunters and anglers, industry representatives, off-highway vehicle groups, residents and nature lovers who spoke to me at the event said they have not been consulted by the NDP. They feel the changes are being rammed through and want the whole plan for the Bighorn to be restarted so that proper public engagement can occur.

Joey Pete, band councillor with the Sunchild First Nation, told the crowd the new park will infringe his treaty rights and vowed to fight the government to keep the land open for all who want to use it.

The event, despite what the government says about these folks, was peaceful and family friendly.

Public consultations restart today in Drayton Valley. Additional sessions are scheduled for Saturday in Edmonton, Sunday at the Westerner Park Harvest Centre in Red Deer (1-4 p.m.) and Monday in Sundre (Royal Canadian Legion from 4-7 p.m.).

P.S. Please sign my petition at FirePhillips.com calling on Rachel Notley to fire her lying Environment Minister Shannon Phillips, and to help fund my “Fire Phillips” billboard that we plan to erect on Highway 2.

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commented 2019-02-05 00:55:29 -0500
Crown land isn’t “public”. It’s owned by the Queen. She’s pretty nice and lets you use it, though.
commented 2019-02-04 09:11:55 -0500
The Liberals did the same thing with Boblo Island across from Amhurstburge Ontario . The Island was developed for the rich . And the sandy beach that everyone used was going to be a landing strip . Now you can still use it for $4 a day , no camping . We would clean up a site of glass ect every time we stayed , but now no one goes there that much . This is crown land and should be free to use . By the way they leased the sand spit the year we were kicked off for $1 to a corporation . It’s all about money people .
commented 2019-02-03 20:21:23 -0500
There is a 2019 election coming. What is the U.C.P. Position on Bighorn? If they are opposed then they can put a moratorium on the legislation if they come to government, and they should be clear about this.

Back when the B/C NDP were passing everything under the sun in the early 2000s, knowing they were facing defeat, Gordon Campbell when asked why he was not making an issue simply stated he would reverse the dying government’s legislation and did. That is all the UCP need do, and should do.
commented 2019-02-03 15:36:10 -0500
“Fire Eggen” is pretty political. Really, this isnt’ something they’ll win especially given their editorial perspective on other third-party political advertisers.

“liza Rosie commented 18 hours ago
Government land grab.
We are supposed to be able to protect ourselves from such things. Our Charter of Rights and Freedoms was written to protect us from the gov’t not to give the gov’t means to take from us. "

It’s not private land. Nobody is having anything taken from them.
commented 2019-02-03 14:46:08 -0500
Charred:
I whole-heartedly agree. I never liked Phillips back when she was an Al Jazeera journalist and I was appalled when they made her Environment Minister. After she loses her seat I wouldn’t be surprised to see her re-surface atop some Green Party or enviro-NGO.

The issue here however is whether or not renting a billboard and placing “Fire Phillips” on it is a “political advertisement.”.
commented 2019-02-03 12:19:51 -0500
Hey great to hear from you, Liza, always!

Here’s the definition of “political advertising” from the Elections Finance and Contributions Disclosure Act:

(g) “political advertising” means: …an advertising message that promotes or opposes a registered party, the leader of a registered party, a member of the Legislative Assembly, a registered nomination contestant, a registered leadership contestant or the election of a registered candidate, including an advertising message that takes a position on an issue with which a registered party, the leader of a registered party, a member of the Legislative Assembly, a registered nomination contestant, a registered leadership contestant or a registered candidate is associated…

Rebel’s lawyer is, inter alia, making the claim that the billboard wasn’t a political ad. This is his “throw-everything-at-the-wall-and-hope-something-sticks” moment. It isn’t his best work. Eggen IS an MLA. Current provincial educational policies ARE an issue associated with the NDP.

A “visual petition” is that like “virtual reality.”

I’m not prejudging the case. Sheila is. Rebel’s lawyers may stick-handle past the judge on procedural or admin grounds. Sheila’s conduct however presumes an easy victory. Think about that. While your at it contemplate how sketchy it is to raise funds for a project unlikely to go forward. It’s like raising funds for a village in Peru that doesn’t exist.
commented 2019-02-03 11:53:52 -0500
Shout out to Joey Pete, band councillor with the Sunchild First Nation,
commented 2019-02-03 11:50:44 -0500
The sooner the Phillips billboard goes up the better.
commented 2019-02-03 11:44:37 -0500
William, I’ll take defiance over compliance. Let people think for themselves. What are you the new nanny? Like you know the outcome or what the law says. You’re not a very subtle troll, coming right out with false accusations against the Rebel.

Its not a political advert you putz. It is a cry by the PEOPLE. It is a COMMENT by the people to the government. If it were advocating for a specific person as a replacement, then there MIGHT be an argument. It is NOT TO GET ANY BODY ELECTED. It was to express disgust over the actions of an education minister. The billboard is a way for us to be heard. Its like a giant email to Notley’s office. It is no different than names on a petition. People threw in their buck to create a visual petition.

You William are not an expert. Ezra was a lawyer, and has good lawyers on this case. I don’t think there will be anything to ‘pocket’. What an uncalled for accusation. Nobody cares about your advice.
commented 2019-02-03 11:24:37 -0500
Arlene:
The Rebel is not under attack. The law they ran afoul of is remarkably generous in exempting all forms of journalism and news. It draws the line is where a person BUYS spots on radio stations or finance billboards etc for political advertisements. Then one must either register as a third party or have your advertising costs recorded as a donation to the appropriate political party. Such laws exist in every province; indeed, in every Western democracy. Such laws provide transparency. Citizens have a right to know who is bankrolling politicians. Absent such laws “dark money” would swamp the scene.

To repeat: Rebel’s journalism is not threatened; only their ability pay for large billboard’s displaying political advertisements. They could even carry on doing that if they registered as a third party. My advice to the Rebel is: lose the billboards, stick to the journalism.
commented 2019-02-03 11:11:20 -0500
Liza:
The letters from the Commissioner; the Application filed by Rebel’s lawyer; and the governing statute are all on-line. How exciting for you, a teachable moment! If you spent a Sunday afternoon reading these documents, and if your apply your evident abundant common sense, you will no doubt conclude that it would prudent for Sheila to wait and see what the court has to say before plunging ahead with another billboard. You will learn that fines for such offences can reach $100,000. If Rebel actually puts up another billboard and does not win… add a zero to the last fine. I wouldn’t be surprised if a print-out or screen-shot of the above solicitation of funds is presented to the Judge at the upcoming hearing; its a flagrant act of defiance.

“No one’s twisting your arm” – if you see a scam, shout “scam.” There are many bogus charities out there pretending to raise funds for causes, only to pocket the dough. At this stage it is uncertain, and unlikely, the “Fire Phillips” billboard will ever go up i.e. Sheila’s running a scam.
commented 2019-02-02 22:15:57 -0500
I was surprised at first that another billboard was planned but the next thought was, “Go for it!”. Some things need to be challenged and this would appear to be one of them. If in the process they manage to shut down the Rebel, another and another and another will pop up. The Rebel has led the way and our self appointed masters may find that citizens are ‘woke’ in a way they will not like and will have a hard time stopping. Freedom is a hard thing to give up. Thank-you Rebel for giving ordinary, hard working people a voice even when it is not in your business’s best interest to do so.
commented 2019-02-02 22:15:56 -0500
I was surprised at first that another billboard was planned but the next thought was, “Go for it!”. Some things need to be challenged and this would appear to be one of them. If in the process they manage to shut down the Rebel, another and another and another will pop up. The Rebel has led the way and our self appointed masters may find that citizens are ‘woke’ in a way they will not like and will have a hard time stopping. Freedom is a hard thing to give up. Thank-you Rebel for giving ordinary, hard working people a voice even when it is not in your business’s best interest to do so.
commented 2019-02-02 21:42:04 -0500
Quote: Charred…..I’m constantly amazed at how many folks I talk to have no clue about agenda 21 (2030). These globalist parasites are no longer hiding their end goal because of the apathy of the general public.
I’ll continue to spread the message, however one can only lead a horse to the water but can’t make it drink.

Don’t forget that the mainstream media is complicit along with the political corruption.
commented 2019-02-02 21:15:31 -0500
“I’m not impressed with the legal representation so far.” William Kay, with all due respect, so what?
As far as it being, “cool” of Sheila or not, no one is twisting your arm. I am sure there are things about the case that you may not be privy to.
commented 2019-02-02 21:12:32 -0500
Government land grab.
We are supposed to be able to protect ourselves from such things. Our Charter of Rights and Freedoms was written to protect us from the gov’t not to give the gov’t means to take from us.
It was written for OUR protection NOT theirs.
commented 2019-02-02 20:52:07 -0500
“Charred Remains commented 10 hours ago
This proposed park is only the first of four proposed land grabs in this assault against our land use right”

You only have the right to use unallocated crown lands. Allocation of it to a specific purpose removes that. It’s not an “assault” by any measure, nor a fundamental right to access public lands.
commented 2019-02-02 20:47:06 -0500
Red Deer Hospital just announced a level 3 over capacity. They`re dumping immigrants and burdening medical resources that doctors were complaining about two years ago, yet Nutley and crew want to spend millions on another provincial park Albertans DON`T NEED!
commented 2019-02-02 06:27:43 -0500
Agenda 21/30, UN Protected Areas, Provincial and Federal Parks, decommissioning logging roads, etc., etc. Starting with The Club of Rome, it’s all designed to move people off the land and warehouse them in vast urban centers, where they’re much easier to monitor and control.
And these globalists stealing Canada have the help of the indoctrinated, delusional left, which are a large majority in today’s urban centers…

I don’t know why an ‘elected’ official, doing official government business, who’s caught lying – more than once – isn’t liable to prosecution by that state!
Fire her – hell no – LOCK HER UP! – and then fire her…
commented 2019-02-02 03:34:33 -0500
Liza
I’m not impressed with the legal representation so far. Keep in mind the Commissioner’s letter thrice states the penalty was “proposed” or not yet a final decision. So a court application seems premature. Ultimately a judge will decide.
Sheila’s conduct presumes its a slam dunk victory. Don’t you think it would be wiser to wait and see what happens at court. Sheila is actually prejudicing The Rebel. She is saying “to hell with court process I’m going to do it again.” Not wise; and she collecting money from people to do it, …not cool.
The irony is that I just despise Shannon Phillips.
commented 2019-02-02 02:35:43 -0500
A lot of people think you are lying Shannon Phillips. How dare you slander
and disregard Canadians this way. Its got to stop. Awesome looking turnout. The social engineer’s want as much of Canada put into parks as they can and as many regular Canadians kept off it as possible. Canada is not the playground of the elites.

William Kay, the lawyers representing the Rebel don’t agree with you.
commented 2019-02-02 00:05:19 -0500
Do you need “social license” to build a park? (Apparently not.)
commented 2019-02-01 23:11:29 -0500
Bruce. You’re right, they don’t care about the ppl, they care about their ideology. Of course, their ideology is flawed, hence they have to lie to support it. That’s how it is with all communist states.

Why don’t one of you folks out there file an emergency injunction? It’s not that hard. Look it up on line. File on the basis that there’s been no genuine consultation, and she’s mislead the public. You’ll seek a temporary injunction until honest consultation is completed.
commented 2019-02-01 22:16:38 -0500
I’m glad so many people showed up for the rally. Shannon Philips and her clueless bureaucrats have no respect for citizens, the very folks who pay her huge salary.
commented 2019-02-01 21:55:11 -0500
Mike Krchnak
I was at the Wildrose founding convention (don’t blame me, I voted for Dyrholm). I’m huge fan of Hinman – there’s the man who should be Premier. I donated to his UCP leadership run but then Kenney’s gay mafia suddenly raised the bar to $90,000 and squeezed him out.
Re the “sleazeball” comment:
The Rebel got threatened with that $5,500 fine not because of their journalism, as Sheila alleges, but solely because of that Fire Eggen billboard which CLEARLY violated third party advertising regulations. They initially dropped the Fire Phillips billboard fundraising drive after that run-in with the authorities; but here she is again trying to pocket Rebel viewers’ cash for a project she knows can’t be completed. What do you call that?
commented 2019-02-01 21:38:28 -0500
William k…..Willy, while I agree the pc’s ( liberals in blue clothing) of the past we’re no better than the ndp on this issue and I’m no supporter of Kennedy, but calling Ms. Gunn-Reid a sleazeball says a lot about you. That was uncalled for, she deserves credit where it’s due.
Personally I have not voted pc since Ralph and helped vote in the first Wild Rose MLA Paul Hinman and was dead against the merger. I will not be voting upc this upcoming election.
commented 2019-02-01 21:21:58 -0500
Charred…..I’m constantly amazed at how many folks I talk to have no clue about agenda 21 (2030). These globalist parasites are no longer hiding their end goal because of the apathy of the general public.
I’ll continue to spread the message, however one can only lead a horse to the water but can’t make it drink.
commented 2019-02-01 21:19:13 -0500
Robert H –
You’re on target. Y2Y will ultimately convert the entire eastern slopes of the Rockies into a strict wilderness no-go area. There are several similar ongoing initiatives in North America (Great Bear Rainforest, Adirondack to Algonquin etc)

One must, however, stress that the previous Conservative government supported Y2Y and gave funds directly to its central organisers and to many of the 300 participating enviro-groups. The Alberta Conservative Party backed several land use plans identical to what is now being proposed in “Bighorn” – and in fact they laid the groundwork for Bighorn. They dramatically expanded the amount of exclusionary parkland in Alberta, including extreme set-asides where all vehicles are banned.

Sheila is again making a “uni-party” bi-partisan endeavour appear to be a uniquely NDP phenomenon so she can get her future boss, Jason “the Queer” Kenney, installed as Premier.

P.S. Can’t believe she is still soliciting money for that Fire Phillips billboard which she knows will never see the light of day – sleazeball!
commented 2019-02-01 19:39:06 -0500
Notley has to be destroyed to the degree that Wynne was creamed in Ontario.
Hope THEREBEL can give us an Alberta riding by riding analysis of the upcoming election.
commented 2019-02-01 19:28:41 -0500
Soon the socialists will all be fired .👍