December 28, 2015

Alberta: 5 incredible things I saw at rallies against Bill 6

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

I've had a wild ride covering the rallies and town halls against Bill 6.

Bill 6 is the NDP farm unionization law that was rammed through without consultation. And it caused an uproar in rural Alberta that spread to the cities and towns.

It's been an emotional journey for me. I've been overwhelmed with pride, with sadness and even with anger sometimes.

Sometimes I was reduced to tears on the drive home. If you’ve been following along, you know this is personal for me. I come from a long line of farmers.

So when Bill 6 was introduced, I immediately understood how bad it was, and how it would harm those little enclaves of entrepreneurialism and freedom we call farms and ranches.

This journey has taken me across the province and back a few times. But I wouldn’t have missed any of it.

I wanted to share with you, in no particular order, 5 really incredible things I saw along the way.

Number one: The food bank donations. At every rally, and at every town hall, farmers came bearing food. Farmers, even when they were under attack, were giving back. Thousands of pounds of food have been raised by farmers at these rallies. But that's what they do. They feed the world.

Number 2: The solidarity of the Hutterites. If you're from rural Alberta, you know the Hutterites well. They're pacifist and apolitical. They're a religious sect and they live in colonies, really just multiple family farms, across the prairies. There are 20,000 of them on 147 colonies across the province. That’s a lot. And the NDP didn't know what to do with them. So the NDP segregated Hutterites in Bill 6. The Hutterites immediately rejected it. The Hutterites refused to be divided from their friends and neighbours based on religion. And something unheard of happened; Hutterites were suddenly popping up at town halls and rallies, giving speeches about solidarity and fairness in the agricultural community that earned them standing ovations.

Number 3: The spontaneous national anthem that broke out at the legislature. It was after the Dec 3 rally was over. It came up out of nowhere. All the media was gone except me. And I got to see this special unrehearsed bit of pure Alberta pride.

Number 4: The farm widow at a Spruce Grove rally in front of Trevor Horne's office. She tearfully explained how her husband had died and how the neighbours had taken the crop off for her this year. When I was 8 years old, that woman could have been my mother. When my dad died, the neighbours came to help. They didn’t even think about it. They just did it. Her story demonstrates the best of rural Alberta and all that Rachel Notley's bad law seeks to change. It was everything all at once.

Number 5: The NDP career suicides. There was Jessica Littlewood saying she supported Bill 6 despite her constituents’ demands that she represent them and vote against it. There was the NDP staffer throwing herself under the bus in Red Deer and blaming herself for the "miscommunication" of Bill 6. There was Deron Bilous telling farmers that they'd have to pass the bill to see what's in the bill. I had Obamacare flashbacks. (With an honorable mention to the time Bilous said the bill wouldn’t apply to the people farmers pay under the table. That’s illegal. But thanks for the advice, Minister of Economic Development and Trade.)

Bill 6 has brought together rural Alberta in a way I've never seen before. But that’s what rural Alberta has always done in times of struggle. When a neighbour dies, when a flood strikes, when a drought hits they come together.

This time Rachel Notley hit them. And they're fighting back.


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commented 2016-01-01 00:43:23 -0500
A little humour for the early morning on the first day of 2016 – you might be a ranch kid if………..

10- If you’ve ever been electrocuted by a fence due to a dare, you might be a ranch kid.

9- If you have ever been allowed to miss school to move heifers or pull a calf, you might be a ranch kid.

8- If your heart sunk when at Christmas time the kids sang, “Santa Claus is coming to town” and you thought he might not make it out to your place, you might be a ranch kid.

7- If your definition of a “rough road” comes from driving the old ranch truck across corn rows at 40 miles per hour, you might be a ranch kid.

6- If your father had you operate a quarter million dollar piece of equipment because he couldn’t find anyone cheaper, you might be a ranch kid.

5- If when it rains your first thought is about how good it will be for the crops, you might be a ranch kid.

4- If your compensation has ever come in the form of a side of beef, a load of corn or any other form of currency not accepted at Walmart, you might be a ranch kid.

3- If you played sports in high school because you thought it would get you out of chores, you might be a ranch kid.

2- If you consider getting a “desk job” embarrassing to the family name, you might be a ranch kid.

1- If you learned how to drive 5 or more years before the state would legally issue you a license, you might be a ranch kid.

And my over all favourite:

If, on the way home from meeting your family, you find yourself explaining to your new shy horrified girlfriend that they always talk about tits, nuts and bags at the supper table, you might be a ranch kid.

Happy New Year and best to all.
commented 2015-12-29 11:44:35 -0500
Thank you kindly Sheila,
I cannot begin to sum up every aspect on how you serve not just rural Alberta, but every living soul in this great Nation.
The grass roots Folks who have reacted on impulse without a second thought, to rally as a whole against this, did so not out of a single “one-off” reaction…..We did so because this is our very nature, our moral fibre. “One is not judged by one’s words, but by one’s Actions!!!” This is who we are. This is what our Parents have passed down for generations.
“Do unto others, as you want others to do unto you.”
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” MATTHEW 25:40
commented 2015-12-29 09:40:28 -0500
Brad Wall is just a man but he leads for the people. Prosperity doesn’t just happen, it has to be nurtured, and the ground work laid out, so that private industry can create jobs. Governments do not create jobs. Just look at Mother Notley, and her plans to force private industry to snap to attention and retrain our businesses to build those ugly, useless bird killers, that are destroying agricultural land, so that goons like Mother Rachel, can fill her face and pockets with our money, at the expense of the individual. In the end, Rachel will prove to be nothing more than someone married to an archaic and evil ideology, and who will never listen to reason, because she has become totally unreasonable, due to her mental illness brought on by communism, and envy. It’s too bad that the Canadian premiers are mostly like Rachel, useless, and are only in it for what they can steal from the people who earned it.
commented 2015-12-29 03:00:04 -0500
Brad Wall is an incredible politician. It is because of him that Saskatchewan has gone from being the joke of Canada, to forking over equalization payments. Now here is what I don’t understand. If Saskatchewan can create a golden age for itself, why did the other provinces NOT try to copy what Saskatchewan did? I say this especially of its two neighbours. Stupid Alberta and Manitoba went with the NDP instead.
commented 2015-12-29 01:48:02 -0500
@ Ron Voss commented 6 hours ago
BRAVO ZULU, regarding #2, just a matter of common decency. It was laughable that the NDP, which just knows pragmatism, was perplexed that the Hutterites wouldn’t cut a deal like some of the oil industry leaders did.

Ron – common decency is no longer common.

Be safe and be happy.
commented 2015-12-29 01:35:01 -0500
Let the commies starve and freeze in the dark.
commented 2015-12-29 01:28:22 -0500
You know things are bad when the neighbouring provinces especially Saskatchewan and their Brad Wall stand up more for Albertans than this BS Nutley and her crew. Shiela, your are one hell of a reporter and put to shame any MSM reporter dealing with this Bill 6 debacle. I really hope the New Year will ease up on your job, but I’m afraid it will just get worse
commented 2015-12-29 00:48:08 -0500
The similarity between the Ontario Liberals and the Alberta NDP is astounding. Both parties think they have obtained the rights to do as they wish for their own benefit regardless what happens to the country, or should I say to the rural areas of our country.
No more Democracy.
commented 2015-12-28 23:30:08 -0500
You’re a real class act SHEILA GUNN REID.
“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
commented 2015-12-28 21:48:34 -0500
It really is nice to see the Hutterites get involved like this.
commented 2015-12-28 19:56:53 -0500
BRAVO ZULU, regarding #2, just a matter of common decency. It was laughable that the NDP, which just knows pragmatism, was perplexed that the Hutterites wouldn’t cut a deal like some of the oil industry leaders did.
commented 2015-12-28 19:41:12 -0500
Funny Fred, my husband and I were saying the very same thing, Albertans need a nice sounding national anthem and again we are so extremely PROUD OF OUR ALBERTA FARMERS AND RANCHERS, THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES STANDING UP TO THIS HORRIBLE DICTATOR GOVERNMENT WE NOW HAVE. OIL AND GAS ARE TOO LAZY TO GO AND PROTEST WITH OUR RURAL FRIENDS.
commented 2015-12-28 19:12:20 -0500
It has indeed been wonderful to see conservatives getting up, starting the car, and publicly demonstrating “NO”.
As for the national anthem – MEH. We need an Alberta anthem.
commented 2015-12-28 19:10:16 -0500
There has got to be a quick way to get rid of snotley and wish we could get rid of her stupid mouth pieces, the MSM. They are spewing the left wing ndp garbage all day long… like our farms and ranches are being threatened but it’s NOT a big deal. The MSM are traitors to all Albertans and this beautiful country.
commented 2015-12-28 19:06:09 -0500
1. As an Ontario farmer we do the same thing – when we leave this province in the coming year – the place is for sale – the local food bank will miss its annual steer – donated – cut, wrapped and frozen – this family has had it with Ontario.

2. As an Albertan I was once helped in a big way by the Hutterites when I got banged up a bit – they did my entire hay crop for me that summer and would not take a penny in compensation. When the last bale came into the yard early one afternoon the ladies showed up with food for a small meal – it was a tearful moment for my wife and I. I have all the time in the world for them after that generous introduction to the way they treated us. In the end they too are ag people.

3. Patriotism is dead in many parts of Canada but not in the small farming communities.

4. Well, what can I say that I did not already say in #2. And I have done the same for others – without even a second thought – simply because they were my neighbours. That is just how it is done. I am proud to be a part of that.

5. I wish all ndp to be involved in a serious car accident and a by-election to be the result. They care so little that I have no time for them and in fact on a federal and provincial level all I have for them is contempt.

Sheila – well done – be safe and be happy.

commented 2015-12-28 17:29:54 -0500
Garry Grams asked, “Any one regret the NDP mistake yet?”

Oh, hell yes! 30 seconds after they won the election.

“Although probably no one on this site voted for them.”

I think there are some here that are obvious trolls that did, but the main core group here, not a chance.
commented 2015-12-28 17:24:56 -0500
Brian Kelly said, "Throw them all in jail, including the kids for working on the farms and then shut down all the farms in Alberta, even the MSM would be putting the Notley Regime under the fire if they did that. "

I am unsure about that. The MSM is complete indoctrinated to the socialist mindset. I think they might actually applaud the NDP.
commented 2015-12-28 16:50:11 -0500
They can’t force you to unionize!
commented 2015-12-28 16:35:57 -0500
Any one regret the NDP mistake yet? Although probably no one on this site voted for them.
commented 2015-12-28 16:10:47 -0500
Correct me if I am wrong. To become a member of a Union, you must sign your signature on some kind of membership form. What happens if all the Farm Workers refuse to sign?
What is Notley (get knotted) going to do? Perhaps she can bring in all the unemployed Oil Workers to run the farms. Notley, You are supposed to be working for the people of Alberta not that Marxist thing You are married to. It is my honest opinion, You and your Commie spouse, are nothing more than a waste of space. Believe me, I am being extremely polite.
commented 2015-12-28 16:09:56 -0500
The NDP will be Alberta’s first one-term government. What a bunch of amateurs.

They’ll hurt or piss off enough people to get punted next time.
commented 2015-12-28 16:07:45 -0500
Sheila, an NDP MLA has reported that Bill 6 was amended “to exclude family members of farm owners even if they are paid, and to exclude neighbours who volunteer.” In future reports could you please endeavor to clarify if that is correct. Or is it, as noted by PETER NETTERVILLE, that “Notley having bulldozed through this empty shell of a bill, she can fill it in with any legislation she wants at her leisure all the while laughing at the farmers like she did at the NDP Christmas party”?
commented 2015-12-28 15:46:05 -0500
Brian Kelly – I agree, the farmers and ranchers should ignore the communists. Play games with them, like they are playing games with farmers.
commented 2015-12-28 15:31:13 -0500
I hope that all of the farmers will ignore this new legislation and defy the Notley Regime, what would they do? Throw them all in jail, including the kids for working on the farms and then shut down all the farms in Alberta, even the MSM would be putting the Notley Regime under the fire if they did that. Think about it, if the whole farming industry ignored this law then what could the regime do?
commented 2015-12-28 15:23:50 -0500
Sheila: A most remarkable, classy, heart-rending article. Thank you very much.
commented 2015-12-28 15:15:25 -0500
With a majority government, there is no way to dislodge these arrogant SOBs by any legal means. They think that they have the power of the UN behind them. The only way to rid ourselves of these RATS is by an armed insurrection, but because most albertans are sleepwalking, that will never happen.
I think it was Peter Netterville that said that after 4 years of the NDP that the government workers and unions will be so powerful that even if they lose the next election they will always be knocking on the door to form the next government. The left will be to ingrained to get rid of. And watching Brian Jean through all this , if he was to form the next government, he wouldn’t clean out the mess made by these commies.
commented 2015-12-28 15:07:15 -0500
I do not see how we are going to avoid a revolution in this country. quite frankly, we need it. the government does not represent the people any longer, rather the interests of a few warped minds.
all we are to the government is an ATM without thoughts, cares or feelings. the freedoms which so many Canadians have fought and died for, no longer exist.
bring on the end game.
commented 2015-12-28 14:49:22 -0500
Peter Netterville – I agree, this is a filthy government, and we need to keep on them until we get rid of this infestation of losers!
commented 2015-12-28 14:32:41 -0500
And now with Notley having bulldozed through this empty shell of a bill, she can fill it in with any legislation she wants at her leisure all the while laughing at the farmers like she did at the NDP Christmas party. Kill the oil and gas industry and now kill the family farms. This filthy government has to go.