Five resource rallies across British Columbia in support of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline are set to kick-off together at 11:30 am on Saturday, marking the largest pro-resource rally ever to be held in Canada.
“With five days to go before the Kinder Morgan May 31st deadline, this grassroots effort across the province speaks volumes about the support for the pipeline and for the resource industry as a whole,” said Suits and Boots founder Rick Peterson.
Suits and Boots is the newest voice of grassroots support of the resource sector in Canada. It is composed of individual professionals from the investment industry and other business sectors across Canada along with resource workers and their families.
“We believe that these rallies in Langley, Kitimat, Fort St. John, Fort Nelson and Smithers will send a strong and unequivocal message to the government of British Columbia that responsible resource development is vital to creating a healthy economy and securing jobs for families across the country.”
“We believe that there has never been a coordinated pro-resource rally like this one in Canada before. This is a step in the right direction – and only the first one.”
The Suits and Boots rally will take place from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 26th in the large parking lot behind the historical Milner Chapel at 6710-216 St. in Langley, BC. Vancouver Canucks national anthem singer Mark Donnelly, who is also a Conservative Party of Canada nomination candidate in South Surrey White Rock, will be first up on stage at the Langley rally, followed by Cheam First Nations Chief Ernie Crey. BC Liberal MLAs Laurie Throness and Marvin Hunt will be on stage, as well as BC Conservative Party Interim Deputy Leader Justin Greenwood. Tamara Jansen, as well as Wildhorse Capital’s Josh Mann, will round out the line-up in Langley.
“We’ve had strong support from colleagues in the capital markets sector to this Suits and Boots initiative,” said Peterson.
“Ryan Atkins and Josh Mann of Wildhorse Capital Partners in Calgary stepped up at the start of our Langley planning and provided funds to launch this effort. Two Vancouver-based Investment Advisors who are very active in the resource sector made a follow-on contribution that assured the rally could proceed. Tamara Jansen, a Langley businesswoman, is hosting our event in Langley and providing huge support in the Valley for us. This is a perfect example of “suits” from the business world helping out the “boots” on the ground in the resource sector.”
Here are details on the four other events organized in BC for Saturday, May 26th:
- Fort St. John: FSJ for LNG group is organizing a motorcade. It will meet along the frontage road near the UFA cardlock at 10:30 a.m. and drive down to the Alaska Highway to the Charlie Lake Boat Launch at 11 am. There, Steven Simons of Resourced will speak.
- Smithers: Responsible Resource Development North West leads a convoy of cars and industrial vehicles on a 32-kilometre route through Smithers and Telkwa and returning to Smithers. Gather at 10:30 on Proctor Road, West Smithers, just off highway 16. The convoy will start moving at 11 am.
- Fort Nelson: Start Local, Think Global Line up at the water station at 11 am. Rally around town starts at 11:30 am. driving up the frontage road to the Rex centre, then back down the Alaska Highway and split off at Tim Hortons.
- Kitimat: The North Matters rally will have vehicles line up in front of the Civeo camp in Strawberry Meadows at 11 am. At 11:30 am the motorcade with a run through town and back to the lower parking lot at the City Centre Mall. There, BC Liberal MLA Ellis Ross and two other speakers will address the crowd.
“Alan Yu in Fort St. John has taken a leadership role in coordinating these four other rallies and reaching out to us at Suits and Boots to work together,” said Peterson.
“Dave Johnston in Kitimat, Brad Layton in Smithers and Kristi Leer in Fort Nelson all deserve huge kudos and recognition for their work.”