Protesters at the Bonnyville C2 Centre before they went on their march to the Provincial building.Chantel Downes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The parade featured bikes, trucks, and hot rods, and saw participants proudly displaying their “Axe the Tax” signs and honking their horns, along with participants who walked alongside the vehicles. The parade made its way from the Bonnyville and District Centennial Centre to the Bonnyville Provincial Building. 

The event kicked off bright and early at 8 a.m. on April 1, as folks gathered at the Bonnyville and District Centennial Centre for a friendly meet and greet. Attendees also got briefed on how to support the cause by signing the online petition e-2542 on the House of Commons website, aimed at halting the increase in taxes. 

Jamie Beaupre, a spokesperson for the movement, expressed the urgency of the cause, stating, “We can’t afford it anymore, no one can afford to pay their power and gas bills.” 

The recent $80 per tonne increase in the carbon tax, a 23 per cent increase from last year, has placed a heavy burden on households and businesses alike.  

“It’s getting harder and harder,” remarked Beaupre, reflecting the sentiment of that many people are facing escalating costs of necessities and specifically, gasoline and diesel to operate their vehicles. 

The protest resonated with Cindy Friesen, a participant at the Bonnyville Axe the Tax protest, who emphasized the need for accountability.  

“I think the protest is needed. Someone needs to be held accountable for the prices that keep going up,” said Friesen. 

The collective frustration over rising expenses echoed Beaupre’s observation that this issue is not just local but part of a broader national concern.  

“I think it’s a national feeling. It’s just getting way too expensive,” said Beaupre. 

Despite the serious tone of the protest, Beaupre highlighted its peaceful nature and family-friendly atmosphere.  

“It is a peaceful protest, it is a family show, there are a lot of kids here,” he noted. The event also featured a barbecue, with all proceeds benefiting the Bonnyville Food Bank, underscoring the community’s commitment to supporting those in need during challenging times. 

A platform was also provided during the day with an open mic for both musicians and individuals to voice their concerns and opposition to the carbon tax. 

By Chantel Downes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Apr 08, 2024 at 14:49

This item reprinted with permission from   Lakeland This Week   Bonnyville, Alberta

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