Protesters vent their frustrations with the NDP’s carbon tax

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.

The Floor is Yours Sir: At the McDougall Centre, Wildrose MLA Prasad Panda, rails against the NDP's carbon tax in Calgary on Nov. 5, 2016. Ever the politician he seized the opportunity to solicit party membership's and was briefly interrupted by a chant of ÒRachel Notley is bull headed!Ó (Photo by Mohamed Gandour/The Press).
The Floor is Yours Sir: At the McDougall Centre, Wildrose MLA Prasad Panda, rails against the NDP’s carbon tax in Calgary on Nov. 5, 2016. Ever the politician he seized the opportunity to solicit party membership’s and was briefly interrupted by a chant of “Rachel Notley is bull headed!” (Photo by Mohamed Gandour/The Press).

 

About Mohamed Gandour 2 Articles
As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Mohamed Gandour is working as a reporter for The Press during the 2016-17 academic year.

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