Premier Scott Moe speaks at the Rally for Resources in Regina Tuesday. Photo by Sinc Harrison

Rally for resources held in Regina

January 8, 2019 6:53 pm

About 100 people gathered in front of Saskatchewan’s legislative building over an incredibly cold noon hour Tuesday to express their support for pipelines and other resources.

Rally 4 Resources and Canada Action organized the rally with the support of the Regina Chamber of Commerce, the United Steelworkers, and the Building Trades.

The windchill was at -30 when Premier Scott Moe addressed the crowd, telling them the Saskatchewan and Alberta economies employ families across the nation and power the Canadian economy.

Moe spoke about his government's fight against what he called the "job-killing carbon tax," and his belief that Ottawa needs to scrap Bill C- 69, which he called the "no more pipelines bill."

"It just seems like no one is listening to us," Moe said.

"We hear you, the government of Saskatchewan hears you, and we will advocate on your behalf every step of the way so that very soon everyone in this nation is going to hear you,”, he said.

The event was held to support the country's resource sector, including everything from oil and gas to mining and potash.

Organizers thought the cold weather was appropriate. "We're out in the cold today because the federal government and some of these policies have been leaving our families out in the cold," said Canada Action founder Cody Battershill, after the event.

"It goes to show you how bad things are."

Other political leaders at the protest besides Moe included Senator Denise Batters, Regina Mayor Michael Fougere and members of the provincial NDP and the Regina Chamber of Commerce. Union workers from Evraz, that makes pipe for pipelines, were also present.