May 5, 2015. When I wrote and posted my personal blog last Friday, I wasn’t remotely prepared for the outcome. We have had hundreds of comments. The activity on Facebook has been overwhelming. When I wrote the blog I intended -as I always try to do – to respond individually to each comment. That will be quite impossible, so I am going to do it in the form of a mini blog.
First of all, I want to thank you all for your comments, even from those that think I’m a greedy capitalist just trying to protect my wealth. I’m not. My wife still operates a home cleaning business because we are not wealthy – financially. We are however, wealthy in many other important ways.
My blog was simply to relate my personal experience and observation from having grown up and lived in Saskatchewan. I still have many family and friends there, and almost universally, they agree with my sentiments.
There seems to have been some misapprehension regarding my feelings about the PC party of Alberta. I think that it is a party that is arrogant, entitled, and objectively incompetent.
Regarding Saskatchewan; during the 63 years from 1944 until 2007, 47 were under NDP rule. Many of you told me that Alberta succeeded because it was blessed with oil. So was Saskatchewan.
About 35 years ago I saw a map that showed where known oil reserves lay beneath the soil of Alberta and Saskatchewan, and beside it a map showing the current level of development. The extent of oilfield development on the Alberta side of the border dropped by about 75% -in a straight line – on the Saskatchewan side. It was a stark illustration of why Alberta had prospered and Saskatchewan had not. Alberta encouraged development; Saskatchewan stood in the way of development, and that applied to most economic activity.
But here’s the main point. To those of you who say that life was better in Saskatchewan, I ask: “Why did tens of thousands of people move from Saskatchewan to Alberta?” The simple fact is that the opportunities were in Alberta.
You might not be particularly worried about opportunity. Instead, you might like a more “certain” lifestyle with the government involved in your life from cradle-to-grave. But the fact is that the vast majority wanted opportunity. I hope the vast majority still do.
Now get out and vote!