More than 800 vehicles converged on Regina’s Evraz Place today to protest the federal carbon tax.
Farmers, oilfield workers, small business owners and many others, most from Saskatchewan but some from other provinces, were among more than 1,000 people who came to the city, horns blaring, to hear from organizers and conservative politicians who want the tax eliminated.
“It’s time for us to roll back the destructive carbon tax,” said Premier Scott Moe.
“My friends, it’s time to get our great province of Saskatchewan working again.”
Organizer Jason LeBlanc from Estevan said he believes Canadians will suffer great economic harm from the tax. He said he would continue to seek “a truthful answer on how the carbon tax will benefit Canadians.”
The rally had a distinct campaign tone.
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The mention of both Liberal MP and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and provincial NDP leader Ryan Meili drew boos from the crowd.
LeBlanc urged Goodale to represent his home province instead of toeing the party line, while Moe said Meili supports a carbon tax.
“It’s pretty clear to me the NDP does not support you. Why on earth would you ever support them?” asked Moe.
He noted that Manitoba has announced it will launch a court challenge of the tax, which will put 60 percent of Canada’s population against the measure.