Wind chills pushing temperatures to around -32 degrees couldn’t stop a pro-pipeline rally in Bonnyville on Saturday. About 60 people were at the Bonnyville Rodeo Grounds on January 19th to join with local politicians in a show of support for the oil and gas sector. Among the political figures on hand was Lakeland MP Shannon Stubbs. She addressed the group and let the crowd know their voices were being heard.
“I want you to know that it is absolutely crucial that you are here to fight for pipelines, to fight for oil and gas and to fight for Canada’s future.”
Stubbs, who serves as the Conservative Shadow Minister of Natural Resources, called the current energy troubles “A crisis for Alberta and a crisis for the whole country”.
“I am proud to go to bat for all of you and your families. Especially those who have been hit hard these past couples of years.”
Reeve of the MD of Bonnyville Greg Sawchuk says he has seen interest from oil companies and wants to see the area buzzing with work.
“There are still guys out there that have a little bit of hope that something will happen. If we can get these pipelines built this area will explode once again.
The rally was advertised as both “Non-partisan” and as a non-Yellow Vest movement assembly. Yellow-vest protests have taken place in Bonnyville since mid-December