A Greenpeace publicity stunt high in the air off of the Ironworkers’ Memorial Bridge in Vancouver last week has helped kick-start a Suits and Boots pro-resource ground campaign across British Columbia.
“We’ve been overwhelmed with messages and donations from everyday people who want to help us fight back against the antics of these clowns hanging from the bridge last week,” said Suits and Boots founder and Edmonton businessman Rick Peterson.
“Enough is enough. We can no longer stand by and let this stream of anti-resource propaganda spread like an infectious disease, so we’re gearing up for a pro-resource blitz across B.C. this summer.”
Peterson, a former Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate, said volunteers with his not-for-profit group will start this week by consulting with the mayors, councillors, MLAs and MPs elected to represent the people in more than 30 resource communities across BC.
These include Merritt, Kamloops, 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Quesnel, Prince George, Mackenzie, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Vanderhoof, Burns Lake, Smithers, Kitimat, Terrace, Prince Rupert, Port McNeill, Campbell River, Courtenay, Comox, Parksville, Nanaimo, Penticton, Osoyoos, Kelowna, West Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon, Sicamous, Salmon Arm, Ashcroft, Cranbrook, Revelstoke, Nelson, Grand Forks and Trail.
“Once we hear back from elected officials and resource sector workers we’ll put together an effective campaign, with their help, to really galvanize support for the resource sector so that governments in Victoria and Ottawa pay as much attention to our concerns as they do to Greenpeace’s.
“I’m not going to promise that we’ll dangle Suits and Boots supporters off of bridges, but I can assure you that you’ll be hearing a lot about us before the end of summer. Stay tuned.”
Peterson said that the province of B.C. need boots on the ground in every corner of the province and every industry ready to speak the truth about B.C.’s technologically advanced resource sector.
“I anticipate we’ll hear a lot about mining, forestry, and agriculture as well as the big topics of LNG and pipelines,” Peterson said. “The fact is, contrary to activist misinformation our industries lead the way in innovating green technologies to protect our environment while continuing to be the lifeblood of our economy and communities while providing the tax dollars vital to support social services.”
Suits and Boots launched in April of 2018. On May 26 the group held a rally in Langley, BC, in support of Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain Pipeline and worked with four other resource groups to coordinate pro-resource rallies simultaneously in Fort St. John, Kitimat, Smithers and Fort Nelson. The joint coordination of these five events resulted in what has been the single largest show of support for the resource sector to date in Canada.
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