Kindersley – Vivian Krause has spent seven years digging into how Americans have been funding opposition to the Canadian energy sector. She, and Rick Peterson, founder of Suits and Boots, will be among the speakers at a forum in Kindersley on Feb. 6.
In the town at the heart of west central Saskatchewan’s Viking play, they’re trying something different in this wave of oilfield protests that has swept the oilpatch over the last two months. Instead of honking horns or waving signs, they’re holding an information forum on Feb. 6, at the West Central Events Centre. The event will take place from 1 p.m. to 3:30 on that day.
Darla Dorsett is co-owner of Good to Go Rentals, Good to Go Trucking and GPE Fluids Management in Kindersley, as well as a former mayor of the community. She said on Jan. 22, “We have struck a committee to try and accomplish something meaningful to educate our oilfield workers and entire community in Kindersley.
“We have chosen not to have a convoy. Although impressive, we feel Highway 7 is already dangerously congested and can be negative to travellers etc.
“This is not a riot, it is an endeavour to educate our west central Saskatchewan oilfield and the entire mass of citizens. We are wanting to have everyone in attendance, sign a letter to the Senators to Kill Bill C-69- we will have many tables set up at entrance to accomplish this goal.
“We want to get our message to the senators in Ottawa.
“This is not a rally, it is a forum to present the facts and hopefully give our people something to think about at election time,” Dorsett said.
To that end, they are bringing in Krause, who has gained considerable attention in recent months for her dogged work over the past seven years in exposing how organizations like the Tides Foundation have funneled money to groups who wish to landlock Canada’s oilsands.
Rick Peterson, an investment banker who founded of Suits and Boots last April, will also be speaking.
He told Pipeline News on Jan. 31, “The first thing we have to do is start to win small victories. We have to start with what we can win. The next 90 days will determine the future of the resource sector of Canada. If Bill C-69 goes through as it is rightr now, we’re screwed.”
Bill C-69 is An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.
There is a big push from Suits and Boots to pressure senators to defeat Bill C-69.
Dorsett said they hop to get at least a thousand letters signed to send to Senators. She asked that companies allow their employees to attend.