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Old Dec 14th, 2019, 12:24 PM   #71
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I Want A New Country

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I just overheard from a Liberal staffer at Environment Canada that Westjet and Trudeau's government are going to be teaming up for some announcement soon. I guess that explains why a bloody AIRLINE weighed in to trash Albertans who are angry with Trudeau.

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Related: Blocking Prairie oil is not about the environment. And neither is it about safety. It’s all about politics and control
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Old Dec 14th, 2019, 12:26 PM   #72
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The Revenge of Democracy

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So now we know. Now we know what happens when you declare war on democracy. Now we know the consequences of demeaning the largest democratic vote in a nation’s history. Now we know what becomes of a political class that sneers at voters, silences their democratic voice, and libels them as racist, xenophobic know-nothings who cannot be trusted with stewardship of the nation. You get punished. You get rebelled against. You get replaced. Last night, in those extraordinary election results, we witnessed the revenge of democracy.
This from a superb post-election editorial by Spiked’s Brendan O’Neill. Podcast here.

American elites, on the Left and the Right, should recognize this as a warning for their own arrogance. But they won’t.
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The Laurentian Elite would do well to pay attention, as well...
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Old Dec 28th, 2019, 07:03 PM   #73
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One without a “Toronto Star” within its borders.
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Old Jan 4th, 2020, 12:52 PM   #74
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Good analysis.

Exactly How Alberta Gets Ripped Off

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Last January, Angus Reid found out that 76 per cent of Albertans felt they got a “raw deal” from being part of Canada. They were certainly right—at least in part. If Albertans were as well represented as Quebec is in Parliament, they would have 40 MPs and 12 senators, not 34 and 6 as it is today. But the fiscal story is even worse. Forty-four per cent of what Albertans send to Ottawa each year never comes back. If you’re wondering how, read on.
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Old Jan 5th, 2020, 12:12 PM   #75
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Good analysis.

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That’s a gap of $21.8 billion, which works out to a whopping $5,265 for every man, woman, and child. Put another way, the average Alberta family of four sends $21,000 a year to Ottawa that just disappears.

How does that compare to other provinces? Ontario was the second greatest net contributor to Canada at $9 billion ($669 per resident), while B.C. gave $4.2 billion ($904 per resident).

Newfoundland and Labrador came out $1.4 billion ahead with an incoming $2,693 per resident from Ottawa, despite paying into Equalization. Manitoba got a $4.2 billion bump from Ottawa ($3,286 per resident). Quebec got nearly two-thirds of equalization payments, helping make it the big winner of confederation with a $16.1 billion bonus.
Note that the per resident figure is given for each example except Quebec. Must keep the narrative intact!
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Old Jan 5th, 2020, 02:17 PM   #76
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It's disingenuous to say that your superior earning power and ability to encourage corporations to locate in the province put you at a disadvantage because it causes more money to be sent to Ottawa. If it's more advantageous to underperform, then Alberta should also do that — but it isn't. Most socialistic programs involve successful people, companies and provinces giving more than they get back. Even if the government tried to give you everything back, its woeful perfromance would see the amount significantly reduced on transaction inefficiency alone.

The argument should either be that equalization itself is wrong, or that the amounts distributed are wrong. If the second argument, then how much should Quebec receive? Under almost any calculation for provincial welfare, it wouldn't be zero.
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Old Jan 5th, 2020, 03:13 PM   #77
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Under almost any calculation for provincial welfare, it wouldn't be zero.
Also, when looking at House of Commons and Senate seats, Atlantic Canada is the most over-represented, not Quebec (this is not mentioned in the opening paragraph where seats are mentioned). Along with Manitoba, the same goes for net transfers per resident, as the article tries to avoid showing.
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Old Jan 13th, 2020, 12:06 AM   #78
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Wexit political party can now run candidates in Canadian federal elections

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Wexit Canada will be on the ballot for Western Canadian voters in the next federal election

Elections Canada granted eligibility to the Western separatist group on Friday.
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“Those who genuinely want to leave Alberta, who are frustrated and angry and nothing less will do, this will be the party that they want to go with. But there aren’t many Albertans in that position” Williams said. “They simply want a better deal in confederation, more fairness, more reciprocity within the country of Canada.”
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Idiots. Anybody who thinks that Alberta will ever get a better deal is not paying attention...

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Anti-Trudeau billboards advertising Alberta Wexit campaign cause an uproar

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An advertising campaign that is taking issue with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is getting a lot of attention on social media this week.

One of the billboards, posted alongside the QE2 Highway north of Calgary just outside of Airdrie, Alta., was first noticed on Jan. 9 by Twitter user @MzRacz.
Saw this on the weekend.

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Old Jan 13th, 2020, 03:18 PM   #79
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Wexiters rally at Alberta legislature to push for secession

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Demanding a separation referendum, a reported crowd of 260 vocal supporters of the newly-registered Wexit Canada party gathered for more than an hour in the numbing cold outside the Alberta legislature Saturday.

“This is the best part of Canada. We have to cut off the sick and dying part to protect the best part,” Wexit leader Peter Downing told the crowd.

Joining likeminded western Canadian provinces to separate from the country could create “the best country on planet Earth,” he said.

Downing and other speakers listed a wide variety of their political priorities, from health care and legal reform to helping veterans, protecting gun ownership and supporting First Nations communities, while a man in the crowd with a megaphone offered rejoinders and calls of support.
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Old Jan 15th, 2020, 11:35 AM   #80
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A good point about the landlocked issue, but significantly overstated. It's not difficult to go around Alberta, given some time to reorganize.

A provincial Alberta is landlocked. A national Alberta not so much.
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An independent Alberta would indeed rely on imports and exports crossing foreign borders, but not without hugely expanded leverage. Threats of cutting Alberta off are hollow for the simple reason that Alberta would have an even greater ability to cut British Columbia off from the rest of Canada, and vice-versa.

If B.C. attempted to landlock an independent Alberta, she would quickly find herself a modern East Prussia, cut off from access to the mother country. All the trucks, trains and planes carrying Eastern commodities to and from B.C. ports, and Toronto-Vancouver flights, would be forced to route either through the United States, or the Arctic.

The vast majority of Alberta’s energy trade is north-south. While it would hurt, Alberta could survive even a total embargo from a rump Ontario-Quebec state.
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