A year ago, I sat in at a conference room for an on-boarding session with the company I had just been hired on with. I like to think I live up to the stereotype of the “disloyal Millennial job-hopper,” changing jobs ever 2-3 years. With my experience, corporate on-boarding meetings aren’t anything new to me.
At this meeting, the HR reps asked each of us to share something interesting about ourselves. A friendly and bubbly young woman in her 20’s said something very poignant that stuck with me:
“I have 2 sisters, and we take really good care of our Dad.” She said.
She shared with the small group the details how her and her sisters enjoy cooking for him, cleaning his house, and taking him out to Calgary Flames games. When she finished I smiled and made a small quip that I have something to look forward to in 20 years.
I have 3 daughters, age 5, 3 and 1.
My greatest joy is knowing one day they will be grown-up. I cannot wait until the day that I can spend time with them out in the Rockies, or going with them to the shooting range, or discussing religion, philosophy, history, economics and politics late into the night.
I invest a great deal of time and capital in daughters’ futures. The best possible future I can give them starts in Alberta, but it most certainly does not end in Canada.
This is why I am an unabashed Alberta Separatist.
I know with all certainty the Canadian Federal Government will never support me in my older years. Given the state of the government’s finances and with the current Prime Ministers’ blatant fiscal irresponsibility, I would be astonished if the government has not gone bankrupt by the time my daughters are 20 year old women.
I consider it highly unethical to expect (or vote for) the kindness of strangers (or more accurately, government forced redistribution of strangers’ wealth). To this end, the women my little girls will grow up to be I consider the best investment I can make in my (and my wife’s) future security.
When I need help, I will turn to them. I will do everything I can to never turn to the government (whose support I know is stolen from strangers who do not even know me).
My daughter’s ancestry in Alberta dates back to before Alberta even existed. Their great, great, great, great grandfather was one of the first Chinese pioneers who built this great province only to be betrayed, defrauded and persecuted by the same Canadian Federal Government that is robbing them of their own future today, 100 years later. Some things never change, especially the unavoidable corruption of the Canadian Federal Government.
I will bring up my daughters to pursue opportunity wherever they may see it. However if the Alberta economy is stagnant (which is likely if Alberta remains in Canada), I will encourage them to find opportunity abroad.
That said, I will raise them to know their roots and know who they are. I will raise them to know they are Alberta Women.
Alberta has and always will be a province that is more masculine in nature.
Since at least 1921, the population of Alberta has always had a statistically higher population of men. (See for yourself here).
…among the provinces, Alberta had the lowest percentage of the population comprised of females…
and among metropolitan areas:
The lowest shares of females in the population were found in the two Alberta census metropolitan areas: Calgary, 49.1%; and Edmonton, 49.2%.
Their explanation for why there are more men than women in Alberta:
…the younger age structure in this province and possible in-migration of young adult men for employment opportunities…
My explanation is that by default, Alberta is one of the hardest places in North America (perhaps the world) to live in.
In Alberta, there is not enough water, not enough food, not enough electricity, not enough raw or manufactured material. There isn’t even not enough oxygen.
In Alberta, our altitude is too high, our geography too rugged, our climate too unpredictable, our location too remote.
Because of the harsh and unchangeable nature of Alberta living, the ONLY luxury Albertans have to make our lives bearable is each other. This means Albertans MUST possess a special kind of character to STAY Albertans.
An Albertan must be prudent, rational, relational, strong, independent, compassionate, empathetic, and honest.
If a person in Alberta is not all of these things they have until the next oil bust before life in Alberta forces them to pack up and move somewhere less austere. A reality we are all too aware of in current times.
That is NOT to say that men are superior to women.
This is to say that a true Alberta Woman, (the women I vow to guide my daughters to be) are prudent, rational, relational, strong, independent, compassionate, empathetic, and honest.
True Alberta Women are women of noble character. (That is what I found most endearing about the young woman from my on-boarding meeting. Only a noble woman would provide for and love her elderly father with the help of her 2 sisters.)
Just as life in Alberta will never change, the nature of true Alberta women will never change.
What will change is what opportunity awaits these women.
As a province within Canada those opportunities will be few and far in-between. They will all be transferred to the governments of Ontario and Quebec and in all probability, to bailout the executives at Bombardier.
As citizens of a separate, independent nation or a new confederation with our friends in Western Canada, Alberta women (like my daughters 20 years from now) will have the greatest opportunities in the world.