On Tuesday afternoon 3,000 Albertans gathered outside the Alberta legislature building to show Rachel Notley and her NDP that they disagree with the direction of the province.
The protest coincided with the Alberta Government’s Speech from the Throne, laying out the NDP plans for the spring session of the legislature.
One hundred and sixty-four thousand signatures were gathered by the protest group, Albertans First. They’re hoping to force a plebiscite - a chance for the public to directly vote on issues. Albertans First want a plebiscite on the NDP’s farm unionization law Bill 6 and the looming carbon tax that will make our cost of living anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 more expensive each and every year.
Like every anti-NDP protest at the legislature, donations to Alberta’s hard hit food banks were collected. Homemade signs were everywhere, expressing opposition to the new carbon tax, Bill 6, Bill 10 and the coal fired electricity phase out.
Oh but it wasn’t all about dislike for the NDP. There were about twenty NDP supporters there, sporting their best orange outfits. Watch the video to see my revealing exchanges with a couple of them.
We all know that if public sector unions were rallying in the same size and scope, the NDP would listen to them. Farmers, oil patch workers and parents concerned about losing autonomy over their children don’t matter to the NDP. They’ll be ignored and, even worse, maligned by the NDP. But that doesn’t mean the protests should stop.
Rally, protest and send the NDP a message today and again in 2019.