About 70 anti-shale gas protesters kept up the pressure on the Alward government today, showing up at a rally at the Centennial Building in Fredericton and chanting loudly for the Premier to appear. Away to previously scheduled appearances, he did not. But Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup did meet with the group, many of whom were part of the blockade on route 625 near Stanley earlier this week.
The Minister was surrounded by the crowd and media, listening patiently and answering questions from concerned citizens and First Nations. Protesters appreciated the show of good will on Northrup's part, but any quarter he was granted by the crowd was squandered when he left the meeting without speaking to St. Mary's Chief Candice Paul, citing time constraints. Boo's rose up from all sides as Northrup left the foyer of the building through glass security doors leading into the main hallway.
Although Premier Alward wasn't available and Minister Northrup left early, protesters vowed to continue their quest to have shale gas banned in New Brunswick.