The NDP and the UCP seem to agree that Alberta should remain in Canada, at any cost.
In fact, both political parties seem so determined to stay in Canada that they use such words as: “fight”, “defend”, “demand reforms”, “press”, “pressure”, “propose”, “lobby”, “call on”, “call for”, “seek”, “negotiate”, “call for changes”, “urge”, or even “stand up” – in relation to the Canadian government.
But does Canada have any incentive to listen to Albertans? What do Albertans have that the Canadian government doesn’t have, couldn’t get or isn’t already taking from Albertans?
What are Albertans’ bargaining chips? What can Albertans withhold from or offer to other Canadians?
Do you find it odd that politicians in Alberta are trying to balance Alberta’s budget without ‘seriously’ considering the vast amounts of money the Canadian government takes out of Alberta?
The NDP doesn’t even mention it. And the UCP buries this on page 101 of its election platform: “Albertans have given Canada $611 billion more in federal taxes than we have received back in transfers and services since 1961.”
The UCP then uses that “scary” Quebec word – “referendum” – to sound like they mean business.
However, on page 97 of their election platform, you find that the UCP will “hold a referendum on removing equalization from the Constitution Act on Oct 18, 2021, if substantial progress is not made on construction of a coastal pipeline and if Trudeau’s Bill C-69 is not repealed.”
First, note the two “if’s”. And what exactly does the term “substantial progress” mean?
The UCP leadership is also hoping that Albertans don’t realize that this “referendum” is simply to “try” to “renegotiate” the Canadian Constitution. That’s it. That’s all. There’s nothing to see here. Remember Meech Lake.
If Albertans are indeed serious about our economy, quality of life, balanced budgets, and former “debt-free status”, then this is a no-brainer.
Cut off that “excessive” – Canadian government – “expense.” How? Simply consider other options. There are at least seven outside of Canadian Confederation.
What’s the problem?
Albertans have been doing things differently from the rest of Canada anyway.
In fact, since 1961, we Albertans have been paying our own bills and sending money “home” to south-central Canada. But for most of us, Alberta is “home.”
How much “more” are we Albertans still willing to pay to be called Canadians?
Corinne & Jay Bortnik, Albertans