Kill the carbon tax, chanted the crowd, with a cacophony of catch phrases, slogans, t-shirts, signs and makeshift nooses at the McDougall Centre on Nov. 5.
“What about us Miss Notley?” fumed one sign being waved by a pre-school protester whose age could be counted on the fingers of one hand.
A little more than 1,000 people were present and many of them signed a petition demanding a referendum on the government’s Bill 20 and its carbon tax.
The rally was one of 11 co-ordinated protests held across Alberta on Nov. 5.
The petition was organized by Wildrose MLA Derek Fildebrandt, from Strathmore-Brooks.
“We are hoping for 500,000 signatures and pushing for a million,” said Dwayne Croteau, a Wildrose supporter and lead Calgary organizer.
“I do believe that there are that many people opposed across the province.
“This came together because a group of people met online about two months back. We decided that we wanted to make a statement in opposition to the government,” said Croteau, who was emcee at the McDougall Centre event
The carbon levy will take affect on Jan. 1 and be applied at a rate of $20/tonne. A year later it will increase to $30/tonne.
Fuels for agricultural purposes will be exempt. http://www.alberta.ca/climate-carbon-pricing.aspx
The Wildrose and the federal Conservatives were well represented at the rallies.