For the third straight Saturday, central Albertans wearing road safety vests gathered in front of City Hall to protest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Yellow Vests Canada was formed after Canada signed the UN migration pact. The movement is protesting a number of items, including the migration pact, the implementation of a carbon tax and halted construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
Red Deer’s Kyle Devereaux, 43, with Rusch Equipment, said he was at Saturday’s protest to support the oil and gas industry.
“We’re doing everything we can to support this (movement) because that Justin Trudeau has to go,” said Devereaux, who has been in the industry for 26 years.
Devereaux said he wants other parts of the country to understand how important Alberta’s oil industry is to Canada.
“We’re coming out here so we can get the other side of our country to understand exactly what’s going on out here,” he said.
Devereaux also took aim at the UN migration pact, saying the government should takes care of Canadians first.
“We understand how Trudeau and others want to take care of other people, but that can only go so far. Now you’re starting to shut our country down, which is totally unfair.”
Devereaux said he hopes more people come out in future weeks.
“Canada’s not a country that comes out and does stuff like this normally, so it’s nice to see everyone come out.
“People are getting a more clear view of our future with a Liberal government doing what they do. It’s absolutely unacceptable to the Canadians,” he said.
Red Deer’s Sebastian Oana, 38, an owner/operator of an oil field, has been in the oil industry since 2006. Before attending Saturday’s rally in Red Deer, he went to a pro-pipeline truck convoy rally in Risku Wednesday.
Oana said he’s also planning to participate in a convoy from Red Deer to Ottawa, beginning Feb. 15.
“It’ll cost me about $3,000 to get there with this truck … but I’m willing to do that out of my own pocket,” he said. “A lot of owners/operators are willing to do this and a lot of big companies are going to send their trucks and sponsor just them to be heard.”