The rallies and town halls against Bill 6 are continuing all across the province. Over the weekend Wildrose MLA Ron Orr organized one in his central Alberta constituency of Ponoka-Rimbey.
Bill 6 is the NDP law that seeks to force Alberta farms and ranches to comply with Occupational Health and Safety standards and purchase WCB insurance. It also swings the door wide open for unionization of the family farm.
Just when I think these Bill 6 protests can't get anymore Albertan, they always do. This time, I spent part of my Saturday night, standing in a ditch on the side of Highway 2A, in a snowstorm in front of the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame waiting for a tractor convoy to show up. Put that sentence to music and you’ve got yourself a country song right there.
After the convoy rolled in a couple hundred people went inside to hear from Wildrose MLAs Ron Orr, Jason Nixon and Don MacIntyre. George Clarke, from Albertans First, was also there to talk about his provincial plebiscite idea.
As always, the farmers were there to voice their opinions. And the Wildrose MLAs made sure that the crowd knew that as Alberta's official opposition, they would be fighting to mitigate the damage the new law would have on their farming operations.
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