I found an interesting blog post on Werner Patel's site and wanted to direct you over to it. It's about an interview with Danielle Smith of the Wild Rose Alliance and I think there are some important points in there to think about, such as "When she said that Albertans send $16 billion more to Ottawa each year than they receive back and that the equalization payment system is a corrupt system, it was clear that she, a born and life-long Albertan, would not put up with anti-Alberta nonsense originating in Ottawa or Toronto – or anywhere for that matter."
For many years I have heard along the grapevine that Alberta sends a hell of a lot of money to Ottawa, which is used in the other provinces for all sorts of programs, but then I hear all lot of anti-Alberta sentiment and I often wondered what they would do if Alberta crashed and could not send that money.... I hear attacks across the country about how Alberta is a blood sucker, responsible for Canada being so 'low' on environmental lists (tar sands, etc), and not to mention being called a bunch of hicks and rednecks. It is frustrating because Canada is supposed to be this large loving carefree happy-go-lucky country, but underneath the facade is a lot of in-fighting and angst. I hear a lot about how Alberta is largely to blame for pollution, global warming, blah blah blah - but I wonder how those people would feel if they lost that $16 billion a year for their own provinces and programs?? Would they think it was a valid price to pay for being strong-armed into dumping one of our greatest resources? I doubt it.