By Lawrence Powell
More than a dozen protestors were out for West Nova MP Greg Kerr’s hide Friday afternoon, some protesting the Federal Conservative’s omnibus Bill C-38 which they say leads to an erosion of democracy, and others who were upset with the plethora of new mink farms planned in Annapolis County.
Kerr, on his way to make a federal funding announcement at King’s Theatre at 3 p.m., stopped to talk with the crowd, telling them that he was open to sit down and talk with them. Protestors told Kerr they had already tried to contact him but got no reply.
Protestors interrupted Kerr when he did try to speak, and the MP and Bill C-38 protestor Laurie McGowan got into a face-to-face shouting match before Kerr headed across the street to the theatre.
Annapolis Royal Police Chief Bert McNeil and three officers were on hand, keeping their distance but paying attention to the mood of the protest.
Signs said: “government of Shame Kerr-Zero,” “$ For Farmers Not Minkers,” “Kerr=Mink=Stink,” “Annapolis River Says No Mink,” “Kerr Hero or Zero?” with “Hero” crossed out. McGowan also held a sign with a slash through the words “Bill C-38." A girl held a sign that said “Allow Democratic Debate on C-38.”
Protestors also made noise with pots and pans and a gong, and had and empty chair with a sign on it that had originally said “Kerr.” The MP’s name was crossed out and replaced with “This Seat Vacant.”
After the encounter, Kerr said he wasn’t upset by people speaking their minds but he was frustrated that they hijacked a good-news funding announcement to do it.