“On the plans already is for a tax increase on young people, on consumption, on energy that will in essence transfer 1/3 if not more of the economy of Alberta to service retirement costs in Quebec and Ontario… In Canada, secession is legal.”
This response from Peter Zeihan’s sums up the imperative for Western Canadian separatism.
Zeihan implies Alberta will automatically default to accession to the United States. He also leaves no mention of the rest of Western Canada.
I don’t believe it necessarily needs to come to that.
The reality is when Alberta separates from Canada, Ontario will look with hungry eyes to Saskatchewan, then to British Columbia, then to Manitoba.
The choice in the coming years will be clear for all of Western Canada, beyond Alberta:
- Become vassals to service the irresponsibility of the governments of Eastern Canada in perpetuity, or
- Separate and take a shot at a brighter, but uncertain, future.
Personally, I’d rather take the uncertain possibility of a better future as an independent Albertan than the guarantee of mediocrity as a Canadian.
I’d rather call the fine people from BC through to Manitoba my countrymen.
I have nothing against the people beyond those borders. I wish them well in every regard.
When they inherit their own nation – be it an Eastern Canadian Confederation or nationhood as individual provinces – they are welcomed here.
So too, are people from the United States, or nations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.
We do not need to be bound by an antiquated idea of quasi-federalism to peacefully coexist.
I eagerly look forward to the day that people from Quebec or Ontario come visit Calgary with the same appreciation that I do people from Germany, Montana, or China.
In that day instead of the awkward underlying animosity over them being citizens of a territory whose governments have a vested interest in exploiting my own, I think I can better befriend them and greet them as guests.