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WarHawk109

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#1 13 years ago

Fuel for the fire Ted Byfield - Monday,3 October 2005 Western Standard

Anyone who has driven through certain parts of Pennsylvania or Ohio during the last 10 or 15 years is struck by the bleak phenomenon known as the Rust Belt. Huge industrial plants stand abandoned; acre after acre of what were once bustling shipping yards are overgrown with quack grass; lawns and gardens once carefully tended are now dreary tracts of weeds--this is the Rust Belt.

It's what happens when changes in the national or worldwide economy take their toll. When the dirt-cheap labour of Asia came into direct competition with the heavily unionized labour of the northeastern United States, the result was the Rust Belt. In macroeconomics, nothing is permanent.

Every person I know who has visited mainland China in the last five years has come back with a warning that is of immediate and urgent significance to western Canada, particularly to Alberta. China, they say, will become the industrial giant of the 21st century. Half the big building cranes in the world are said to be at work in Shanghai. To safeguard its supply of raw materials while it develops its own sources, the Chinese government is buying heavily into North American resource industries. The clothes we wear, the home goods we use, even the computers we work with, come increasingly from Asia.

The implication is inescapable. The North American manufacturing industry will become less and less competitive. It will not be viable economically. So what will Ottawa do?

We are already being given the answer. To maintain the "balance" of Canada's economy--by which they mean to keep Ontario and Quebec on top--Alberta is going to have to learn to "share." Alberta, of course, has already "shared" something around $150 billion with the rest of the country. But that isn't nearly enough. Now we're going to have to really share. "Sharing" is what Canada is all about, except for Quebec. Being "distinct," it doesn't have to share.

We can therefore expect that within six months or sooner, federal legislation will be introduced forcing Alberta to part with its resource revenues. It will be portrayed, as it always is, as a duty to the nation. The Alberta government will try to oppose it. The bill will be passed regardless, and the next day the federal collectors will be in the offices of every oil producer. Much noise will naturally be made by the provincial government. It will fight this all the way. It will take its constitutional case to the courts, these being the same judges that the same federal government appointed. The "courts" in such a situation are a joke.

And what will Ottawa do with the money? The answer to this, too, is absolutely certain. They will use it to artificially prop up Quebec and Ontario industries that are no longer faintly viable. Soon they will close anyway, and the war chest that Alberta could have used to far better purpose will instead have been totally thrown away, wasted, squandered.

What should Alberta do with the money? There is no doubt about this, either. The one way in which we can meet the competition from China and other parts of Asia is by building, right here in western Canada, a centre for high-tech research and development that is unparalleled anywhere in the world. China may produce the goods. But they will have to look to Alberta to find the most efficient ways to do it. If we can achieve and hold that lead, we will survive the economic convulsion that is on the way. If we let the money go east, we will fail miserably.

How do we stop the federal thieves? Again, there is one way alone. As soon as Ottawa's intentions become clear--and that will be very soon--we should be ready to ignite, like a prairie fire, a separatist movement so lethal that it will make anything yet produced by Quebec look like a kindergarten exercise. We owe Quebec for this, by the way. Remember the "clarity clause"? We can now, altogether constitutionally, get out of Canada. If the Ottawa thieves see this, they will back off. Nothing less will stop them.

Alberta has been screwed over by eastern Canada for decades and it's about time they stood up and said "no" to the federal government. They have always been handed the short end of the stick from the rest of the country, whether it be from the National Energy Program, equalization payments, being taxed more than any other province, having it's elected senators denied appointment, unfair representation in Ottawa and on and on it goes. And what for? For being successful. For all you wascily liberals and socialists out there, this is what happens under your praised socialist system, unequal and unfair treatment. I may not be an Albertan, but it really ticks me off how eastern Canadians don't give two shits about us westerners. Don't like us? Fine we'll leave. See how great socialism is without the gravy-train.




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#2 13 years ago

Yes. The western provinces have always been ignored by Ottawa. (except right before a federal election. And our votes don't count - whomever Ontario and Quebec vote for gets in - we're out numbered.) They only look this way when they need tax income. That is why B.C., Alberta, and the Yukon should collectively split from the rest of the country. Hell, maybe we could talk the USA into trading the Alaskan panhandle in exchange for Quebec. :) Then we would have oil, mining, and forestry resources and the deep sea ports necessary for trade. Viva la revolution!


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WarHawk109

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#3 13 years ago

An interesting fact about Quebec is that recent polls have shown that around 70% of Quebecors want the petroleum companies nationalized. :nono:

Let me tell ya, if that ever happens Alberta is gone.:cya:




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#4 13 years ago
DipshipYes. The western provinces have always been ignored by Ottawa. (except right before a federal election. And our votes don't count - whomever Ontario and Quebec vote for gets in - we're out numbered.) They only look this way when they need tax income. That is why B.C., Alberta, and the Yukon should collectively split from the rest of the country. Hell, maybe we could talk the USA into trading the Alaskan panhandle in exchange for Quebec. :) Then we would have oil, mining, and forestry resources and the deep sea ports necessary for trade. Viva la revolution!

That is the dumbest thing i have ever heard in my life.... Alberta got all the damn oil and they get ignored.. bullshit........it's not like the canadian gov is goin to read your post and say omg we have to make alberta the most important thing




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#5 13 years ago

You really make your point well evildude. That is, if it was "I am a disrespectful dumbass". Shut up.




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#6 13 years ago
Originally posted by evildude41 That is the dumbest thing i have ever heard in my life.... Alberta got all the damn oil and they get ignored.. bullshit........it's not like the canadian gov is goin to read your post and say omg we have to make alberta the most important thing

I take it that the reason why the Canadian government want's to disassociate themselves with Alberta is because it's full of people like you.




WarHawk109

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#7 13 years ago
evildude41That is the dumbest thing i have ever heard in my life.... Alberta got all the damn oil and they get ignored.. bullshit........it's not like the canadian gov is goin to read your post and say omg we have to make alberta the most important thing

Let me guess, an easterner right? Or worse a Liberal. :lol:




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#8 13 years ago
USMA2010You really make your point well evildude. That is, if it was "I am a disrespectful dumbass". Shut up.

:lol: Well said. I think maybe he was just looking for some more neg rep, but everyone's entitled to their own opinion, and to express themselves how they see fit.


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#9 13 years ago
WarHawk109Let me guess, an easterner right? Or worse a Liberal. :lol:

I'm from Alberta, Pincher Creek to be more exact and I live in Quebec now. Eastern Canada has more power because we have more population. If you guys are so unhappy why dont you just merge with Montana, sick of hearing your whining




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#10 13 years ago

Why would you want that? Alberta is what keeps Quebec afloat. :lol: