While politicians in Ottawa were getting settled in for a marathon sitting to pass the federal omnibus budget bill, C-38, a group of area residents were gathered out front of local MP James Moore's office in protest Wednesday.
The rally, organized by the group Leadnow, drew about 50 people who brought a wide range of concerns over the bill.
Port Moody resident Elaine Golds said the issues are "without end" in regards to the budget.
She argued the bill isn't just about the budget, but it also roles back environmental regulations and removes provisions that will have huge impacts on the ability to ensure fish habitat are protected.
Golds also suggested the bill would kill research programs and gut environmental assessment regulations.
"I can understand why people are upset and people are coming from all walks of life to protest," she said, adding the bill also brings huge cuts to the country's social safety net.
The Conservative's omnibus budget bill, C-38, has drawn criticism for packing in changes to more than 70 pieces of legislation.
By Thursday afternoon, MPs in Ottawa were still in the House of Commons voting on more than 100 amendments to the bill.
Golds said she did not believe the rally would stop the government from passing the bill, but she hoped it would make more people aware of the group's concerns.
"I do think it's important that people stand up and say what they think at a time like this too," she said.
Moore's St. Johns street office was scene of a similar protest from the same group on June 2.
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