EDMONTON, AB (December 7, 2015): After hosting seven separate town halls and listening to the concerns of over 1,300 farmers and ranchers in their constituencies, Wildrose MLAs are reinvigorated to continue the fight against Bill 6 in the legislature, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.
The town halls were almost all organized with less than two days’ notice, and were held in St. Paul, Bonnyville, Bassano, Valleyview, Sundre, Killam, and Peace River (an NDP held riding). All but the Bassano event were mainly advertised on social media and were grassroots organized efforts.
To date, NDP MLAs have hosted zero town halls in their ridings.
“I am dismayed to see the NDP government continuing to try to ram through Bill 6 without consultation from the people who will be directly affected by the legislation,” Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said. “The government needs to put on the brakes, and kill this bill which is massively unpopular across Alberta.”
The NDP government has changed its story multiple times about who will be impacted by this heavy-handed legislation.
“Albertans can count on Wildrose to stand up for them against this legislation,” Wildrose Shadow Agriculture Minister Rick Strankman said. “The NDP have broken the trust of farmers and ranchers, and need to actually consult with them before redrawing the bill.”
Wildrose will continue to oppose Bill 6, and urge the government to withdraw its legislation or send it to committee for open, public consultation.