If our rag tag federation can’t build pipelines, move beer or find some common bonds, we may have a fatal problem - (Scott Gilmore)
(selection from Macleans)
"Yet" indeed! For Alberta is now moving in a completely different direction than Canada, and has been for some time. The pathway Alberta treads is diametrically opposed to the pathway Canada wishes to journey. One is the path of individual liberty and personal prosperity. The other is the path of dictatorial state control and systemic poverty. Given this nationally inconvenient truth, we can clearly see why Alberta has ample reason to pursue an amiable divorce.
Alberta is Canada's wallet. We pay the bills. And we're reviled for it. Not appreciated, but looked down upon, by numbskulls that don't understand petroleum's blessings. Canada is a mangy dog that bites the hand that feeds it, and Alberta has had enough. Alberta is in a dysfunctional relationship with Canada - borderline analogous to a wife staying with her abusive spouse.
As this article clearly illuminates: Alberta is a nation within a non-nation. Canada isn't a thing anymore. It has lost its identity. It has amnesia: Or perhaps schizophrenia. And Alberta doesn't want to be married to a crazy person.