Yel­low vests protest de­layed pipe­lines at Drumheller rally

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Kyle Smylie

The Yel­low Vest move­ment showed it­self in Drumheller on De­cem­ber 23 as 150 peo­ple ral­lied to protest a num­ber of per­ceived is­sues, namely in sup­port of the Al­berta oil and gas in­dus­try and the fed­eral govern­ment’s im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies.

Crowds don­ning high vis­i­bil­ity vests and picket signs gath­ered at the empty lot on the corner of High­way 56 and 575, pass­ing out pam­phlets as driv­ers honked as they passed. Signs read “Canada Needs Pipe­lines” and “Trudeau Must Go,” and while there were no speeches made by the pro­tes­tors, there was much talk about the need for fed­eral sup­port for Al­berta’s en­ergy in­dus­try and protests against Canada’s in­volve­ment in the UN Im­mi­gra­tion Com­pact.

“I just wanted to make peo­ple aware of what’s re­ally go­ing on,” said Corey Bule­chowsky, one of the or­ga­niz­ers. “It’s more than just the oil patch here in Al­berta, it has to do with the sovereignty of Canada. The fu­ture of our kids is at stake here.”

One of the pro­test­ers, Earl Brown­lee, is em­ployed in Al­berta’s oil and gas in­dus­try and mainly at­tended the rally in sup­port of build­ing an east­ern pipe­line.

“We have to have a pipe- line in the ground to get this oil to tide­wa­ter, we have to go east and west. We’ve been put on the back­burner as Al­ber­tans. We’ve talked about it, we’ve knocked it around a bit – it’s time.”

Cori Grieve at­tended the rally be­cause she feels Al­ber­tans have not had proper rep­re­sen­ta­tion of their needs.

“I just feel we have re­ally weak leader rep­re­sen­ta­tion in Canada, provin­cially and fed­er­ally. They’re not lis­ten­ing to us and they have their own agen­das. Our free­dom of speech is gone and our rights are be­ing taken away, it’s time to speak up,” she said.

The meet­ing was largely or­ga­nized on so­cial me­dia and came af­ter large ral­lies and ve­hi­cle con­voys in Grande Prairie, Ed­mon­ton, Cal­gary, and Medicine Hat over the last week. The Yel­low Vest move­ment orig­i­nates from French pro­tes­tors who have been ri­ot­ing over high costs of liv­ing and taxes.

"It’s more than just the oil patch here in Al­berta, it has to do with the sovereignty of Canada. The fu­ture of our kids is at stake here.”

Corey Bule­chowsky Or­ga­nizer

Pro­tes­tors gath­ered on Sun­day morn­ing, De­cem­ber 23 to pro­mote Al­berta oil and gas and protest fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies.

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