Bill 6 rallies continue: Hundreds expected at Sylvan Lake rally and Legislature

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People in Sylvan Lake, AB hold up protest signs as they prepare for the Stand Up For AB: Be Seen, Be Heard rally in the central Alberta town next weekend. PHOTO SUPPLIED

The Alberta Legislature may be on break over the holidays but that won’t stop angry Albertans from voicing their displeasure with the government.

Alberta has seen it’s fair share of protests over the past few weeks, as tensions rose over the controversial Bill 6, a farm safety legislation bill which prompted farmers and ranchers to gather in rallies across the province.

Now, a group in Sylvan Lake are prepared to do the same next weekend in a rally dubbed Stand Up For AB: Be Seen, Be Heard.

“Our community in Sylvan Lake is about farming and oil. We bleed oil here and it’s just not getting any better,” said rally organizer, said Sheri Hutlet. “Everyone is scared for their futures and none of us know what to do other than this kind of thing, because there’s nothing we really can do other than this.”

Hutlet, along with fellow Sylvan Lake residents Lisa Nielsen and Steven Ruttan, decided to organize the rally just six days ago and interest has already grown to include hundreds of people confirming their attendance.

“It’s just insane how much this thing has blown up,” said Hutlet. “There are a lot of upset people in this province and it’s time they’re heard.”

The rally is scheduled to be held on Dec. 18. along Highway 11 and range road 212. Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA Don MacIntyre is scheduled to attend to say a few words.

On Saturday, the Wildrose Shadow minister for Electricity & Renewables attended a Bill 6 town meeting at the Calnash Ag Centre in Ponoka, AB. Similar town meetings were held last week, and over the weekend, in Hanna, AB and Olds, AB.

Another rally against Bill 6 is scheduled to take place at the Alberta Legislature on Tuesday at 11 a.m. People attending Tuesday’s rally are encouraged to bring a donation to Edmonton’s Food Bank.

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