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Alberta truck convoy plans counter-protest to climate rally with Greta Thunberg

Last Updated Oct 17, 2019 at 11:15 am PDT

While the crowd is sitting down and holding a moment of silence Greta Thunberg plays with a lady bug that landed on her at the Climate Change Rally and March, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 in Rapid City, S.D. (Adam Fondren/Rapid City Journal via AP)
Summary

Counter-rally being planned by some oil and gas supporters for when Greta Thunberg shows up at the Alberta legislature

Trucks are expected to arrive at the legislature at noon, when a climate rally is to begin with 16-year-old Thunberg

Premier Jason Kenney has said the Alberta government won't seek out a meeting with the teen activist

EDMONTON — A group oil and gas supporters is planning a counter-rally when Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg shows up at the Alberta legislature.

Glen Carritt, who organized the United We Roll convoy that travelled to Ottawa in February, says a similar convoy will start in Red Deer, Alta., on Friday morning and make its way to Edmonton.

Carritt says the trucks are expected to arrive at the legislature at noon, when a climate rally is to begin with 16-year-old Thunberg.

He says Albertans in the oil and gas sector are frustrated with celebrities visiting the province and telling them how to run their business.

Thunberg has been making international headlines, meeting with politicians and leading protests demanding governments take action to address climate change.

Premier Jason Kenney has said the Alberta government won’t seek out a meeting with the teen, but hopes she takes time to learn how the province has some of the greenest oil and gas rules in the world.

This report by The Canadian Press was originally published on Oct. 17, 2019.