The rally against Bill 6 at the legislature on December 3 was bigger than ever.
About 2000 farmers and ranchers gathered to express their opposition to the bill that would force their family farms to carry WCB, and adhere to OHS and labour laws.
I heard from people from all across the province. They all wanted to tell me how this bill would affect their lives. It was an emotional but peaceful event.
Like every other rally, the Hutterites were there in growing numbers to stand shoulder to shoulder with other family farms across the province.
Besides rallying against Bill 6, the farmers raised money and donations for the food bank. That’s the kind of people that live in rural Alberta. These are the kind of people this law attacks. The farmers and ranchers who gathered at the legislature wanted consultation before legislation. They wanted a seat at the table as stakeholders when Bill 6 was drafted.
I wonder what it would take to get Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier to listen to them. I have an idea.
When Carlier was with the mega union the Public Service Alliance of Canada, he demanded that the union members were given days off with pay at the taxpayers’ expense to grieve the death of their spirit friends, whatever that means.
Maybe these farmers and ranchers need to have an imaginary friend die for Minister Carlier to care what they have to say.
And in the meantime, the rolling rallies across the province will continue.
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