Alberta losing with Bill 6: PC leader Ric McIver
Dozens rally in downtown Calgary against NDP's controversial farm safety legislation
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Saskatchewan is winning and Alberta is losing, according to Calgary-Hays MLA, Ric McIver.
McIver said Alberta’s NDP government is “trying to turn Alberta into some sort of socialist Disneyland or some type of Shangri-la,” with the controversial Bill 6.
“They’re forgetting people have to eat three times a day, and they’re only going to be able to eat three times a day if they’re allowed to make a living,” he said. “If the people that provide that food for them aren’t able to operate, and that’s farmers and ranchers.”
So, what’s the difference between Saskatchewan, who’s job growth is slated at 7,200, and Alberta, according to McIver?
“The premier, the government? You think that might be the difference? That’s what I think and that’s what Albertans are starting to think about,” he said. “Good policies, bad policies. It’s as stark as night and day.”
Saskatchewan does have farm safety legislation. Alberta is currently the only province without comprehensive legislation protecting farm workers.
Braeden Stanley, who organized a Bill 6 rally that drew dozens to the McDougall Centre in Calgary Friday, said they’re sick of asking Premier Notley questions and not getting any answers in return.
"It’s slated against the agriculture industry as a whole. There are a lot of sectors within the agriculture industry and a lot of questions that people haven’t been getting answers to,” he said.
“How is this going to affect horse racing, how is this going to affect show jumping, how is this going to affect rodeo?”
Stanley said he wants to know how Bill 6 will affect the multitude of careers that make up the agriculture sector.
“None of these questions are getting answered. She’s doing a lot of pushing and not a lot of talking,” he said.
Stanley said the rally was one of the first coalitions between the farmers and oilfield workers.
Trevor Marr, who grew up on a farm and has worked in the oilsands for more than two decades, said Bill 6 isn’t just a problem for farmers.
“We’re all tied in together,” he said. “This is an Alberta issue. This is Alberta against the NDP, not just the farmers, but the oilsands, the oil and gas workers and anybody else who is tired of this economy going down the toilet.”
Although Notley’s goverment has said they'd miscommunicated the intent of Bill 6, Marr said he doesn’t buy it.
“She has an agenda and her agenda does not suit reality,” he said.