A grassroots motion that describes itself as a protector of “civil liberties and free democratic society” is as soon as once more taking to the streets in Calgary after a vacation full of political controversy.
Freedom Stroll Calgary, is organizing one other protest in Calgary, regardless of the COVID-19 restrictions stopping out of doors gatherings.
This time, the motion is combating to assist companies which were instructed by the federal government to stay closed till Jan. 21.
Organizers additionally need individuals to point out up in beachwear and Hawaiian leis to name out the Jason Kenney authorities about a number of UCP MLAs who, as an alternative of staying dwelling for the Christmas holidays, travelled to tropical locations.
“Politicians and authorities workers have been working off to play in Hawaii, whereas Albertans are instructed to not see their households and to endure enterprise closures and bankruptcies for ‘the higher good’,” the group says within the submit.
“Albertans can see clear by means of this charade, and they aren’t going to take it any longer!”
Final week, Kenney introduced that restrictions that had been introduced into impact in December would stay in impact till a minimum of Jan. 21.
He mentioned the foundations would keep in place as a result of Alberta’s hospitalizations and positivity charges had been nonetheless far too excessive.
Nonetheless, all Okay-12 faculties could be allowed to reopen on schedule.
“We have to see what impression the vacations had on testing, and naturally, we additionally have to prioritize reopening the faculties as we’re doing and start to see what impression that will have,” he mentioned Jan. 7. “Though we’re assured it won’t speed up widespread social transmission – that has not been the case previously.”
The premier additionally addressed the difficulty of UCP MLAs and different senior authorities officers travelling overseas whereas the recommendation from well being officers all through the pandemic has been to keep away from all non-essential journey plans.
He emphasised a brand new directive for all authorities officers and mentioned there could be penalties for anybody who breaks it.
“I believe the expectation, a fairly appropriate expectation of Albertans, for the next normal of conduct applies to individuals who maintain vital positions of public belief. I’ve outlined that as elected officers, in addition to senior political workers who’re in key decision-making positions, in addition to government leaders within the Alberta public service.”
Six MLAs, in addition to Kenney’s chief of workers, both resigned or misplaced duties when it was realized they travelled to worldwide locations similar to Hawaii, Mexico and the U.Okay. over the Christmas holidays. The modifications got here after Albertans protested Kenney’s determination to not self-discipline anybody over the matter on Jan. 1.
“We’ll must proceed displaying to Albertans that we have realized the lesson, we have heard them, and we now have to rebuild a tradition of self-discipline and of humility.”
Freedom Stroll’s protest begins on the Calgary Court docket Centre at 1 p.m.
(With information from CTV Edmonton)