A small but vocal group of about 25 people against Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined together in protest Saturday in Nelson.
“A growing number of Canadian citizens feel that Harper and the Conservative party aren’t accurately representing Canada,” says Emily Zabel, co-founder of the Kootenay Direct Action Committee. “They’re acting undemocratically. People have had enough.”
The group gathered outside City Hall and marched down Baker Street just before noon garnering honks from the occasional supporter driving by.
April 6 was chosen as a national day of action against the Harper government with rallies planned for across the country. The movement started in the prime minister’s home riding in Calgary.
Zabel cites selling off of Canadian companies to foreign investors, “waging war” on environmental organizations and the Trans Pacific Partnership that will enhance the privacy protection of big drug companies among actions done without the consent of the majority of the Canadian people.
“We have gathered today to support Canadians across the country in saying, ‘stop Harper,’” she says.
The group wrapped up their rally and march at Kootenay Co-op Radio where Garret D Hippy had appeared on air earlier in the day representing the coalition.