In an online discussion concerning the prospect of Alberta leading Canada in economic growth (that I wrote about here), one person from British Columbia made the remark: “When wages recover I’ll consider going back.”
While I do not personally fault him for his logic, I do think that sentiment highlights a major reasons why Alberta must lead the West to separate from Canada.
The Canadian system of governance is not conducive towards building a stable, united society. It never has. It never will.
Canada is a system designed to preserve the hegemony of a small group of elites (such as Justin Trudeau) through selective economic destabilization and destructive intervention into the regions where the obvious choice of secession becomes most appealing.
Without exception, every province in Canada has at one point succumb to this reality.
The Canadian national currency has the Blue Nose schooner on the dime. A world class naval vessel that once garnered Nova Scotia and all of Atlantic Canada international prestige.
Today, Nova Scotia does not produce naval vessels.
If Nova Scotia had the ability to develop blue water naval projection, they could retake control of the maritime trade through the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Were they and the other Atlantic province able to reconstitute a new nation they would become more wealthy and prosperous than Finland, Sweden, and Norway.
The elites of Canada realize this, and even though our 10-cent piece highlights a proud part of Eastern Canadian heritage, modern reality is that Trailer Park Boys is a more accurate portrayal of Nova Scotia and the Atlantic provinces in general.
The same argument applies to with the Federal fisheries and the Atlantic cod industry, where a proven regional industry that provided stability for centuries was fundamentally destroyed under the management of the Canadian Federal government.
In Alberta, growing up a kid of the 1990’s, we used to sling hurtful “Newfie” jokes, describing Newfoundlanders as poor, backwards hicks. In reality, Newfoundland was an independent country until the British and Canadian elites engineered the circumstances that brought the Dominion of Newfoundland to bankruptcy and eventual enslavement into the Canadian Confederation in 1949.
What was once a proud, independent nation, a generation later ended up an insult and by-ward among their new co-nationals.
How ironic that what Newfoundland once was is what we in Western Canada should aspire to: a proud, independent nation, free from the power brokers in the ivory towers of Toronto and the den of vipers in the Parliament building in Ottawa.
Quebec is ironically one of the best testaments to the unworkable nature of Canadian confederation, and not at all a consequence of the common Quebecois. Even though Westerners (and Albertans especially) tend to harbor anti-Quebecois sentiment, the reality is that the common man in Quebec is no different from the common man in Alberta, if not for the fact that he speaks a different language.
Though Quebec is the net recipient of more equalization and preferential treatment by the Federal government, it comes entirely at the price of Quebec relinquishing it’s independence and in particular, it’s prosperity.
Quebec should not be the a poor, indebted stagnant economy it is.
It has one of the most advantageous geographic and resource composition in Canada. However, as with the Maritimes, Quebec’s entry into Canadian Confederation has brought Quebec to the point where it is one of the most indebted sub-sovereign states on the planet (with comparable debt to Ontario, which takes the title in that category).
The Canadian elite’s response to the most recent Quebecois separatist referenda has been to kill the Quebec independence movement through usurious debt and economic dependency on the Federal government. Something that the common man in Quebec benefits little from, in compared to what he could have were Quebec an independent nation.
Not coincidentally, the perception of Quebec’s preferential treatment causes regions to be resentful and spiteful towards the common Quebecois. This is by design. If the common man in Alberta harbors an irrational resentment for the common man in Quebec (and vice versa) neither are looking at the elite’s in Ottawa who own both parts of the country and Canada stays “united.”
Ontario itself is a complete basket case and again the pattern continues with the common man in Ontario suffering while the elites preen their feathers. While bank executive stack bills on the top floor corner offices of Toronto, urban ghettos explode in the adjoining communities.
With one of the most expensive real estate markets in the world, courtesy of billions of dollars of laundered foreign blood money, no “Canadian” can even afford to live in the urban metropolis of Toronto, and only government subsidized immigrants whose votes are bought by state welfare can inhabit those regions.
It’s no wonder that Northern Ontario grumbles of secession. The urban south of Ontario is practically a different country.
If Northern Ontario (or more accurately the North Western Ontario) seceded from South Ontario, I believe an Independent Western Canadian nation should unequivocally welcome them as a full member of our new country.
Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta
As I’ve written about in the past, Louis Riel, “The Father of Manitoba” is so much of a hero in the province, there is a civic holiday to commemorate his life.
The man was a violent separatist who lead two unsuccessful rebellions to see Manitoba gain it’s independence from the Canadian elites. While in modern times, his approach is not appropriate, we certainly can gain profound insight from his actions.
It was apparent in 1869 that joining Canada was a bad idea.
It is just as apparent in 2016 how this is the case.
The Canadian Wheat Board especially illustrates the modern principle of intervention and disruption of regional economies by the Canadian elites to keep the country together.
The creation of the Wheat Board, enabled the Canadian elites the perfect way to maintain national unity by creating a bureaucracy they controlled to pin the three Prairie provinces against one another, instead of against themselves and the abomination of a nation they profited from.
Manitoba and Saskatchewan both have easy access of their agriculture products by railways and geographic co-location to North Dakota and Minnesota.
Alberta does not.
All three are major agricultural producers, so rather than allow them to have autonomy over their own resources and trade agreements that allow them to market them – the Canadian elite’s choice is obvious – intervene and sow disharmony between the provinces.
Moreover, the structuring of Alberta and Saskatchewan with the current borders they have was also an intentional act of economic sabotage by the Canadian elites.
Alberta and Saskatchewan are the fraternal twins of Canadian Confederation. Born at the same time, but completely different, the Canadian elites knew the combined resources of the one territory our provinces were born from would eventually shift the balance of power away from themselves to the people of those regions.
Their answer: split the territory in half to cripple market access (especially in Alberta), build un-intuitive and inefficient infrastructure, and institute laws, regulations, tariffs and taxes that would perpetually handicap both provinces (but especially Alberta).
Incidentally, this was the same tactic the European elites used on the Ottoman Empire after, 10 years after Alberta and Saskatchewan were founded, and is one of the biggest reasons the Middle East is a perpetual warzone. Alberta and Saskatchewan are the Sykes-Picot provinces of Canada.
The problem for the Canadian elites is that Alberta’s vast resources provided too much for their best efforts to control. For all the intentional disadvantages they put up, Alberta still grew into an economic powerhouse.
Saskatchewan, long a victim of the economic stagnation brought upon them by the socialist tentacle of the Canadian elites, the NDP, are rapidly catching up.
The National Carbon Tax by the Canadian elite poster child, is the another shot fired by the elites to once again cripple both Alberta and Saskatchewan, as they have always sought to do and will always continue to do, if we remain in their rigged country.
British Columbia exists and stays a Canadian province because of the bribery, fraud and exploitation of the Canadian elites. The bones of my Great-Great-Great Grandfather lay in Calgary’s Chinese Pioneer Cemetery as a testament to the intrinsic corruption of Canada that persists to this very day.
Cascadia, a nation of British Columbia, Washington State, and Oregon was an obviously good idea in the 1800’s.
With Washington State and Oregon’s American Statehood today, it is less so, however British Columbia’s geographic separation from the rest of Canada mean it makes no sense to exist as a part of Canada.
The people of Vancouver should be some of the wealthiest in North America, but most cannot even afford to buy a home, owing to the Canadian elites intentional blood money laundering immigration laws.
Eastside Vancouver should not be one of the largest urban ghettos in North America but it is.
It is because Vancouver is the end of the line of the intentional strategy of selective regional economic destruction by Canadian elites.
The slums of Hastings Street are a testament to what keeps Canada together:
A small group of bankers and connected politicians (like Justin Trudeau) deciding which part of their ant farm lives and which part dies, all while they line their pockets from the destruction.
The elites own the system.
Every few years the elites chose which Ottawa politician will be their frontman, giving the people the illusion of control, but the reality is, as long as Canada exists nothing will change.
Separation and reconstitution of new nations, free from the historic baggage of systematic economic exploitation and destruction by the Canadian elites is the only future that holds an promise for any of the people in Canada today.