Albertans all across the province took part in a number of rallies opposing the NDP’s carbon tax Saturday afternoon. Hundreds gathered at the McDougall Centre Downtown Calgary to voice their concerns.
Rally Against the NDP Organizer, Todd Beasley, says the rallies were meant to oppose the lack of public consultation surrounding the carbon tax, rather than the tax itself. However he says many individuals participating in the rally strongly oppose the tax.
Director of Communications for the Calgary Chapter, Dwayne Croteau, says rally especially resonates with Calgarians because of city’s stumbling economy.
One of the speakers at the Calgary rally, Orion Fike, says he is okay with moving towards a more economically friendly energy source, as long as it’s done the right way. Fike, who has worked in the oil industry for 20 years, says more time and consultation are needed before a carbon tax is implemented.
The organization is hoping to get 500,000 signatures opposing the carbon tax to bring to provincial legislation.
Other rallies took place today in Edmonton, Brooks, Camrose, Fort MacMurray. Grand Prarie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Red Deer.