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Why Alberta Should Separate From Canada
WARNING: Very Conservative - No Hard Feelings..
Note: This is a rant. It is not meant to be offensive. Rather, food for thought for like-minded individuals concerned about the status quo.
Get onboard, lets be the generation to create the glorious Commonwealth of Alberta together. It will be a country to the extent that it will have absolute sovereignty and economic freedom. We’ll be the biggest deal to emerge onto the scene in a hundred years. True north strong-and-free style.
Alberta is already the most vibrant part of Canada. The Commonwealth of Alberta, if it existed, would be the most vibrant (and attractive) economy in all of North America.
What would happen when you take just one of Alberta’s federal bills away? Well if that bill is the equalization payment consider this:
with the money saved from equalization the Independent Commonwealth of Alberta could give every four-person family a brand new vehicle every three years. And that’s only the beginning
First of all, separation is a dirty word, but that’s just because it got a bad rap from socialist mimes. Quebec’s a lot bigger than Alberta too; they’re the second largest population area in Canada. Well, we wouldn’t have to worry about that, Alberta’s population would take around a decade to double. Now if you would please stand and remove your caps for some quick liberal-bashing.
Adscam, the Sponsorship Scandal, the recent proposal for a coalition government. There is a good reason we don’t have liberals in Alberta. It’s extremely frustrating that time after time we get sucked back into the same incessant pattern of flatulence that is the liberal policy framework. And these are just the first three catastrophes that came into mind. If you’re a little older than I am, then the letters NEP are probably still ringing in your ears. The Liberal Party of Canada has repeatedly shown that it is politically acceptable to use any means necessary to secure power. I am insulted to share identity with that Canada. I’m not, nor do I ever wish to be part of that Canada.
I am an Albertan who loves Canada. But this Canada we’ve been participating in has let us down. The fact that the Liberal Party is even still in existence is a good illustration of the insane degree of political apathy expressed by most Canadians east of Thunder Bay throughout the 1990s. These Canadians got exactly the kind of government they deserved. These are the sorts of things that tend to happened when you don’t get out from under your rock.
Repeatedly electing thieves and scam artists, I would argue that these people’s apathy should not be forgiven too quickly. Messing with public funds, fighting for-the-sake-of-fighting, ganging up on a minority government trying to do its job has NO PLACE in my Canada. Neither does an electorate who gives them an opportunity to.
What would make the Liberals want to hold hands with radical, socialist, chain-smoking Blocs? They’re blinded by the illusion of power; it will be a cold day in hell before that would happen with a Conservative party that has any degree of dignity. This coalition ambush makes us disgusted. It’s not just another newsflash, and it’s not just a sound bite, this is a stab at responsible government.
Our reputation as Canadians is at siege, but it needs defending. My interpretation of national unity has been shattered. I feel marginalized for the millionth time, and I feel anger for those who manipulate authority and keep my voice from being heard. Liberals have no place west of Ontario. They lost seats in every western province except one. Frankly, because they can’t lose seats in Alberta, we didn’t give them any.
Separating from Canada sounds pretty crazy, but it’s an idea that most of you have never honestly considered. A lot of people face an immediate identity crisis. Relax. We’re not going anywhere; we’ll still be here, geographically nestled between BC and SK, only we would have the sovereignty we deserve. In fact, Alberta would do incredible things for all of the Western economies, especially Saskatchewan. Plus, we’ve already got programs like TILMA with BC, we’re not evil people, we’d keep it, expand it, and work with them better than we currently do. We will not turn our neighbours away, and we will give them every opportunity to participate with Alberta. We are decent people who are fed-up, not greedy.
Since the Western economies are already driving the rest of Canada, why not take the opportunity to build real own-source revenues for these provinces by putting together a separate Alberta that would, by proxy, give these provinces the resources (people, investment capital, Alberta partnership agreements) they need to build sustainable revenues. Isn’t that what we’re really after anyway?
This has always been the problem. There’s a real disincentive for provinces to actually do something about their money problems…that’s what Ottawa’s for right? That is NOT what Ottawa is for and it is a rather ludicrous take on federalism. Equalization transfers are supposed to be used so the provinces can pay-off their debt, not to pay next month’s rent.
The problem is that provinces are too damn satisfied with what they know they’ll be entitled to. These payments are big; we’re talking over ten billion a YEAR big. Did I mention they were unconditional?
Now I’m not saying the federal government plays favourites, but before this auto-makers crisis, most sectors didn’t even know the word bailout existed. Where was the bailout for fisheries? Or softwood lumber? Or nuclear power? Or agriculture? What the hell is a bailout and how do I get one for my portfolio?
Also consider that the federal government is able to pick-and-choose how resources are classified in equalization and this is another way they inherently play favourites with the provinces. Offshore oil and gas in the Maritimes is free money for those provinces, because the money took from them in equalization is fully reimbursed by off-setting payments, making their resources effectively un-taxable.
This is why today, Newfoundland and Labrador is no longer a ‘have not’ province. It’s hard to feel sorry for the feds gouging Alberta, but let’s just look at Saskatchewan. SK has to pay full equalization costs on all oil they produce. Also the feds changed the classification of potash, which greatly changed SK’s allotted market-share, which effectively put all of its potash revenues into the equalization mix. The problem is that there is no voice telling government what is fair and what is not fair, they act at leisure.
If you’re still reading then you’re probably thinking, sure, it’s a good idea in theory but how would you ever realistically begin the process of separating from Canada. Well it’s not that hard to think about. We should already know that the costs of staying in Canada are fairly high. What does public money pay for besides equalization and liberal politicians? Lets see… how about things like crazy Kyoto and gun registry, or today’s fad – election, after election, after election.
Even considering only transfer savings for Alberta, the money saved would be more than enough to smooth the transition into an independent commonwealth. BAM! There’s $20 billion right there. Lets not even consider that we wouldn’t need two systems of government anymore and we wouldn’t have to pay for a full federal bureaucracy.
Expert economists have already predicted the scenario would be the most competitive tax regime in North America, and everybody would be at this party.
Do you know what the rest of Canada looks like right now? I’d say it's a lot like Old Europe. Stagnant, spiritless, wandering, holding out for the best. Not in my Canada. My Canada is for dreamers, innovators, investors, and competitors. We need to engage the spirit of our people in a movement. It is OK to be proud of what Alberta has accomplished. It is not greedy to want Alberta stay sustainable for a couple of generations. Each province is entitled to fight their own sovereignty battles.
The Canada that Alberta lives in is an endless winter. We are constrained to do so little for ourselves, because someone has to pay to keep Quebec on its leash. I don’t want them. This isn’t a reflection of populism on my behalf either, so don’t start thinking that; they didn’t want me first, they started it.
Quebec has never been satisfied, they still haven’t signed the constitution. There were even reports this week that when the coalition was making its proposal to separatist Quebeckers, they only spoke French and wouldn’t broadcast in front of a Canadian flag. So what if people think I’m being un-Canadian for wanting to separate. Quebec’s bitched about it for long enough that it’s actually probably a patriotic thing to do. Our money is frittering away in this endless winter. We’re giving Quebec another day to complain, and as good Canadians, we should consider ourselves privileged to be so fortunate…
For those of you old enough to have been raped by the Trudeau government in the 80s, you will probably remember a plea by Western Canada that repeatedly fell on deaf ears: “The West wants in..” Not anymore kids. We’ve got our coats on and we’re heading for the door. We’re sick of this shit. The West wants OUT.
I’m sick of Charter interpretations from the federal government that effectively make the provinces their puppets for manipulation. I have a dream. I dream of an over-arching government that could identify Manyberries on a map. I want a government that dedicates its affairs to my business. I want a country I can justifiably be proud of
The best part of this system would be that we could take the decent people from the rest of Canada and give them a home. Subsequently, we’d export most of our liberal/NDP excrement to eastern Canada. That’s what we call a positive-sum game boys and girls. That’s called genuine democracy, where our views matter. I’d rather discuss business, I’d rather discuss jumpstarting Western Canada. I’d rather talk about sovereignty, and if I can do these things without being forced to learn French, even better.
The coalition fiasco is more than a thorn in the side of democracy. Regardless of what the crafty Liberal is telling you, it is because of Conservative leadership that Canada is not doing as bad as many countries going through the credit crunch and ensuing economic crisis. We may not be experiencing growth, but we’re breaking even for the time being.
Elections run around $300 million a pop. I think most people support the Conservatives dissolving parliament because then they can get to work and present Canada with a plan at least. If, at that time, we need to have a confidence vote, we can go down that road. There is no doubt in my mind that the governor-general would grant prorogation. That way, if the three stooges are jumping the gun, they’ll have to pay for it in the polls which is the only place a change in leadership should take place anyway.
Can anybody really picture Jack Layton, deep in discussions with Muslim fundamentalists, enticing them with environmentally-friendly lullabies, as visions of Tommy Douglas dance in their heads??…What is going on here? There is much more lurking in the dark than just Liberal incompetence. This is a case of backwards, third-world politics, I feel uncivilized as a Canadian. I can poke fun at Liberals because I can tolerate them, however this is not the case for the wave of socialism that has plagued parts of Canada. They will have to pry the pitchfork out of my cold dead fingers before I live in a country that is run partly by socialists. Not my Canada.
What we need to do is rally. Alberta is always huffing and puffing about idle threats. That was more our parent’s generation; too strong to stay quiet, but too reserved to take action. This ranting, if nothing else, offers you a picture of what life might look like if a couple people got a little political.
Are you gonna take the blue pill or the red pill?
Why stay? It’s a serious question that deserves serious answers and I would put a bid out to anyone who chooses to do so, to give me an answer that isn’t drenched in rhetoric or heritage-related nonsense. One real reason, that’s all.
But if you can’t think of one, then now has never been a better time for you to start getting excited about living in Alberta.
~ Marty Thurston, 12/03/08