Alberta: Alternatives To Separation
August 1st, 2019 | JH
So last month I promised some ideas for making Alberta stronger and more realistically independent without going down the separation path. Here are three big ones…
1. We need a federal Alberta Party
All this focus and false-hope pinned on a provincial government lead by a status-quo politician like Jason Kenney is futile. Alberta doesn’t need a Parti Québécois, what we need is a Bloc Québécois.
For those young ones out there, the Bloc was formed in the early 90’s when Quebec became fully disillusioned with Canada after the failure of the Meech Lake Accords. For more info check this link for the history. They put together a Quebec-based party to represent Quebec interests in the House of Commons. In their first contested election in 1993, they won 54 seats…and became official opposition!
The Bloc has been reviled throughout Canada, but Albertans need to really look at the success of having a self-interested party like the Bloc representing our interests in Ottawa.
Alberta almost uniformly votes Conservative in federal elections. This has allowed Alberta to be taken for granted by the Conservative party. When the Conservatives are out of power, they court Alberta for donations and with a message of “Get Rid of Those Pesky Liberals!” and when they’re in power they ignore Alberta and claim they are trying to create a more national base by pandering to Ontario and Quebec. Meanwhile, Alberta gets nothing.
Imagine if, instead, we had 34 seats with elected officials representing a federal Alberta Party. With 34 seats we could potentially hold the balance of power in minority situations. This would allow us to work more fully with either the Conservatives or the Liberals in promoting Alberta interests. It would also give Alberta a stronger voice and better focus in terms of self-interested policy making and getting more stuff from the federal government.
As it stands, Liberals hate Alberta precisely because the entire province is so devoted to the Conservative Party. The Conservative Party takes Alberta for granted precisely due to the devotion. Alberta is left rudderless and voiceless.
Let’s build a Bloc for Alberta.
2. Implement the Firewall Letter
In 2001 a bunch of prominent conservatives including Ted Morton and Stephen Harper published the infamous “Firewall Letter” in the National Post. It advocated stepping stones for Alberta autonomy. These include cutting the CRA out of tax collection, replacing the RCMP with a provincial police force, opting out of the Canada Pension Plan and starting a made-in-Alberta pension plan, more autonomy on healthcare and, of course, that old wankfest known as “Senate reform”.
Other than Senate reform, Albertans should be advocating all these policies. Jason Kenny should leverage the Firewall letter as much as he can. This would set the stage for a stronger case for Alberta independence.
3. Demoralize and diminish
Implementing the Firewall letter is a fine idea, but let’s get realistic. Ralph Klein didn’t implement it, because Klein was a cuck just like Kenney. It’s wonderful to have grievances when you’re a Premier because people rally round the Premier against the federal government. If the grievances get addressed or corrected, then you lose your red-hot support from the donation providing rubes. Thus, your job as an Alberta Premier is to function as controlled opposition while padding your bank account.
The second problem with implementing the Firewall letter is that it once again puts too much control into the hands of politicians. What can you…the little guy…do to advance the cause? You’re not going to rip up an RCMP contract or start an Alberta Pension Plan. So, what can you do?
"Klein was a cuck just like Kenney."
First, stop being a patriot.
We need to get back to the '90s vibe of complaining about how Canada sucks. In the '90s the “brain drain” was a big problem. Remember the brain drain? Basically, so many young people were leaving Canada for the United States that it was creating a culture of anxiety amongst the chattering class. Our dollar was only worth 62 cents and our taxes were crushing… yes… worse than now. It all added up to a slow deterioration of Canada’s brand. In Western Canada it was common to have a hate-on for Canada. I remember reading about sports events taking place and people questioning why we bother singing the national anthem. Jean Chretien was our Prime Ministerial embarrassment and the alienation in the West was palpable. Then 9-11 happened, Harper was elected, the oil boom occurred sending our dollar above par, and we won the gold medal in Olympic hockey in Vancouver. Suddenly rah-rah Canada was back big time.
We need to get back to developing a culture of antipathy towards Canada. Stop flying the red and white maple leaf… it’s a symbol of Quebec more than Western Canada. Stop attending July 1st celebrations. Whenever someone expresses pride in Canada, look at them with puzzlement and disgust. Question why they are expressing pride. (Try to do this without being a dick about it. You don’t want to be the guy that functions as a black cloud, otherwise people just think you’re a dick without thinking about why Alberta should separate.)
Some other ideas regarding the demoralization of the nation…
Discourage people from joining the armed forces.
Discourage using “Canada” in the branding of anything. Our major corporations already do this.
Stop singing the national anthem.
Avoid “made in Canada” brands. Buy local or American. If you must buy maple syrup buy the Vermont stuff, for example. If you must buy a new car, avoid buying one made in Ontario. Look for locally produced or Western produced products to replace anything made by Canada.
Don’t invest in Canadian companies headquartered down east. Canadians have a massive “home market bias” when it comes to investing. It’s just more familiar and comfortable and safe to purchase a mutual fund or stock in companies we are familiar with. RBC, TD, Rogers, CN Rail, Shoppers Drug Mart, Canadian Tire… the list is long.
There are plenty of Western Canadian based companies that are better alternatives. CP rail and Telus are two good ones.
Better yet, diversify out of Canada altogether. Canada makes up only about 4% of the world’s GDP and we’re almost entirely dependent on our relationship to the United States. If you’re going to invest just buy U.S. investments or the best that the rest of the world has to offer.
Don’t give to charities that spend money outside of the province.
Never wear any clothing adorned with Canadian paraphernalia.
Always refer to Canada as something other than where we live. This is Alberta… not Canada. Canada is for Canadians and that’s not us!
Above all, have a good attitude and focus your efforts locally. Don’t be one of those always-angry types that dedicate the entirety of their sad lives to the state of national politics. Your job as a person is to protect yourself against the government on a personal level and don’t let it interfere with your life if you can help it. Stay positive and happy. Building a stronger province that inoculates itself from Canada should be a good thing, even if it doesn’t lead to separation it will make our lives better and that’s what conservatives in the West need to start focusing on making life better right here and now, not reforming Canada.
What are your ideas for helping strengthen Alberta?
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