In previous blogs and social media posts I have stated my belief that Canada cannot be fixed, and that the path to a better future for our descendants is for Alberta and Saskatchewan to leave Canada and form their own nation. That will take sacrifice. Many have agreed, but as expected, some have questioned my motives, my sanity, and even my loyalty to Canada. I no longer am.
I’ve been thinking about Saskatchewan and Alberta’s subordinate place in Canada since I was a teenager in the late 1950s, but more intensely since the late 1960s when Pierre Trudeau made his assault on Alberta through the National Energy Program. That outrage fomented a small separatist movement, but many still believed that, “If we just had a Conservative government, we’d be okay”.
So after Trudeau we briefly got “Conservative” Joe Clark. Joe Who? you might ask, and probably just did. Then more Trudeau senior, followed briefly by Liberal, John Turner.
Then “we got a Conservative”, Brian Mulroney, and while he had a couple of very positive achievements including a free trade agreement with the US and Mexico, (NAFTA), and scrapping the hidden, and constantly rising manufacturer’s sales tax (MST), for the visible GST, Mulroney also gave a major service contract for Canada’s F-18 fighters, to Montréal based Bombardier, even though Winnipeg’s Bristol Aerospace had won the bid on both technology and price. Whether Liberal or Conservative governments, the West is not an equal within Canada.
Like the Liberals, Mulroney continued running deficits until mid the 1990s, and Canada faced bankruptcy.
Since 2015 we’ve been led by an individual who, by any measure, is the least qualified and most divisive Prime Minister Canada has ever had; one who is distinguished by his narcissism and totalitarian tendencies and unrelenting silliness; and his undisguised disdain for Alberta and Saskatchewan. Given even the possibility that he could again be Prime Minister, it’s clear that Canada cannot be fixed, and if we don’t know that by now I’m not sure what it would take.
So we need a negotiating strategy, and some strategies initially take us away from our goal. Regarding the ongoing US trade dispute with China, Donald Trump said: “Somebody had to take China on. This is something that had to be done. The only difference is I am doing it. China has been ripping this country off for 25 years, for longer than that and it’s about time whether it’s good for our country or bad for our country short term. Long term it’s imperative that somebody does this.”
That’s a strategy.
Canada can possibly be fixed, by coercion – the subject of my last blog, Breast-feeding and the Art of the Deal – but the coercion must be based on a credible and moderate and serious Alberta/Saskatchewan separatist movement. And again, the best way to turbocharge such a separatist movement is for Justin Trudeau to be re-elected in October. That’s the sacrifice needed to make the deal. Does that mean I’m going to vote Liberal? Nope, my stomach couldn’t take it. I’m voting PPC, on principle. I’m aware that they’ll lose.
If you honestly believe that a Conservative government can fix Canada, good luck. But I’m reminded of Einstein’s dictum: Doing the same thing, over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. If you believe that a separatist movement is necessary, but after we get rid of Trudeau, that’s a triumph of hope over history. Conservative governments haven’t, and can’t, create permanent change.
Trudeau and his ilk are a problem for the rest of Canada to deal with, and they have the votes to fix it. But for Alberta and Saskatchewan separatists, a Trudeau re-election in October is the sacrifice, and catalyst, that is needed.
I feel nauseated.
I’m Dave Reesor
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