PIPELINE RALLY - Hundreds gathered at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer to show their support for the building of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline. Todd Colin Vaughan/Red Deer Express

WATCH: Albertans rally in Red Deer for Trans Mountain Pipeline

Hundreds gather to support building of the delayed pipeline

A rally for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer saw hundreds of Albertans come out and show their support for the embattled pipeline project.

Set during the United Conservative Party’s first policy conference, organizers of the rally labelled their protest a non-partisan event for those who would like to see Albertan oil and gas products make their way to international markets through Trans Mountain or other projects such as Energy East.

“Everyone is out here because we all support Canada’s energy and we also support pipelines,” Haley Wile, organizer and member of Rally 4 Resources said. “We realize the importance of pipelines is prosperity for the whole country.”

Wile reinforced that the rally was not an anti-Trudeau Liberal or anti-Notley NDP event, simply a showing of support for the oil and gas industry in Canada.

“It has been approved by our Prime Minister and he champions the project as well as our Premier,” she said. “We really appreciate their support and their confidence. We are out here to say thank you and that is a great project.

“There is always lots that can be done. I appreciate what they have done so far and they are very confident. So are we. This project will get built, we are excited about it and Canada is excited about it.”

Wile said the ultimate goal is to ensure the completion of Trans Mountain.

“I hope the pipeline gets built,” she said. “It is plain and simple and hopefully we can remove some of the red tape to get more projects going. We need to get out pipelines to water, there is no question about it. We would like to get Energy East going as well — there is a lot of great projects we could be doing. We need to make Canadians prosperous across the board.”

Support for the event was strong, with horns from passing vehicles going off throughout the the entire event.

“If they have the opportunity to drive by and give a honk, they feel like they are part of something really important,” Wile said.

Richard Sigurdson was a citizen who chose to attend the rally in Red Deer in support of pipelines.

“I am a part of protest because in reality, we need to get our oil moving to international markets,” he said. “Not having the pipeline doesn’t slow down oil or help the environment — all it does is increase the amount of oil coming into our country from other markets. We want to see these pipelines happen to help Canada be strong.”

Wile said Rally 4 Resources will continue to hold events in support of pipelines.

“Most of events are on Facebook so follow us — Rally 4 Resources. Regular people want to be part of something, they want to have their voices herd and this is a great outlet for it,” she said.

todd.vaughan@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

Breton RCMP seek motorist who may have witnessed crime

Breton RCMP requesting public assistance in identifying suspects of break and enter

County of Wetaskiwin officers deal with large road ban violations

County CPO notices erratic driver in Wetaskiwin

Every woman will have a different pregnancy experience

Wife whose hormones are unbalanced can be unpleasant experience

‘Meet in the Millet’ is major chamber meeting Sept. 7

Multiple chambers will hear three levels of government updates

Wheat prices appear to be climbing

Could see drop in production due to many causes

Updated: ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has died

Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn reports Franklin passed Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit

RCMP appeal for tips, dashcam footage in German tourist shooting west of Calgary

The Durango crashed into the ditch after the shooting near the Goodstoney Rodeo Centre

Red Cross now accepting donations for those impacted by B.C. wildfires

The Canadian Red Cross is asking for help now and in the weeks and months ahead.

Fredericton widow swears at Trudeau during condolence call

Widow of man killed in Fredericton shooting says she swore at Trudeau during condolence call.

Tim Hortons promises leaky lids on coffee cups to be phased out

Tim Hortons looks to rebuild its brand with better lid, new marketing campaign

‘There’s been a lot of devastation:’ man whose family lost homes in B.C. fire

The provincial government declared a state of emergency Wednesday as more than 550 wildfires burn in every corner of B.C.

Aheadbyacentury looking for Triple Crown breakthrough in the Breeders’ Stakes

The consistent Aheadbyacentury has $513,800 in career earnings, including $311,250 this year thanks in large part to his Triple Crown performances.

Police looking to identify serial groper in Edmonton

EPS seek assistance to identify suspect in brazen sexual assaults

Woman in custody after topless crane climb near Toronto waterfront

Toronto police have apprehend a woman who climbed crane cab near waterfront

Most Read