Farmers and ranchers had a lot to say at the Vegreville Bill 6 information session. And the Rebel was there to hear it all.
Bill 6 is the NDPs farm unionization bill that seeks to put urban white collar office worker rules on Alberta farms and ranches.
December 8, Jobs minister Lori Sigurdson and Minister of Economic Development and Trade Deron Bilous tried to explain to 500 eastern Alberta farmers that Bill 6 was good for them and the farmers were having none of it. Local NDP MLA Jessica Littlewood was also in attendance.
In full disclosure, this is my riding. These Ministers came to dismiss the concerns of the people in my community. That’s infuriating.
The Hutterites from colonies all over eastern Alberta came to reject the faith based exemption they were given by the NDP government in Bill 6. Farmers and ranchers, big and small, from all across the region were there to voice their concerns and ask their questions. They got few answers.
At one point, we watched Local NDP MLA Jessica Littlewood defy the will of her own constituents. She put her party over the people she's paid to represent when she admitted to the frustrated crowd that she would be towing the NDP party line and voting for Bill 6.
I'm sure the residents of many rural ridings represented by these NDP talking point robots feel the same way as I do: they’ve sealed their fate as one term wonders.
And 2 days later, in the face of so much opposition from rural Alberta, Bill 6 was rammed through third reading. The farmers are still vowing to carry on with their rolling protests and town halls.
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