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This father/son blog is dedicated to the furtherance of the independence movement in Alberta. It has been made abundantly clear that Alberta is the victim of tyranny by the majority. There is no indication that this will ever change. It is time to leave, to go our separate ways. In this blog I will focus on issues relating to Alberta Independence such as why it is necessary, what an independent Alberta might look like and how we can go about forging our independence.

Friday, July 29, 2005

We'll be doing Canada a favour

One of the central issues to the Separation movement is of course transfer payments. Transfer payments are really just regional welfare. Welfare doesn't work, plain and simple. Every form of welfare I've encountered has ruined the recipient. Now I'm not talking about charity here, because charity often does work (when it is voluntary, ie not from the government).
Consider social welfare programs. I have an acquaintance who has been living off of welfare for years now. He was once a productive member of society, he fell upon hard times and welfare came in to the rescue. Now he has become absolutely dependent on it. He's lost much of his drive and joy in life. He's become addicted to soap opera's (what else are you going to do all day?) which seem to be slowly warping the way he sees the world. He finally tried to get a simple part time job recently but lasted only a short while as his work ethic has been sucked away. He believes that he's entitled to other people's property because they can afford to part with it, and he needs it so much more. It is a sad, sad story. I'm sure you've all seen similar cases. I am completely convinced that had there not been any welfare available for this individual, his family and friends and maybe some charitable organizations would've stepped in to help him get back on his feet. He wouldn't have starved and it would have been tough for sure, but with encouragement and prodding from those who help him (and who refuse to be taken advantage of), he would've got his life back and been stronger for it.
Consider corporate welfare. Air Canada... well need I say more? Ok, I will even though it is obvious. If Air Canada had been left to its own devices, one of two things would've happened. 1) It would have sorted out its problems and became profitable again. 2) It would've gone out of business and another Airline like WestJet would've picked up the slack (and probably a good portion of its employees too!) Instead, it just begged for help (welfare) from the government and was able to keep on going with the same problems it had before. One thing I should mention is that any form of welfare comes with certain political strings attached. These requirements tend to make the company (or individual or region) in question less competitive, and more likely to continue to require the handouts.

Finally, let's consider Regional Welfare. If both social and corporate welfare tend to make the recipient worse-off in the long run, what makes us think that regional welfare is any better? If one region isn't as 'profitable' as another region (substitute 'viable' or 'rich' or some similar term for 'profitable' if you choose), taking wealth from the more productive region and giving it to the less productive region will reduce the overall productivity of society as a whole, making everyone worse-off than they could have been.

If you want to ruin somebody, give them welfare.
If you want to ruin a corporation, give it welfare.
If you want to ruin a region, give it welfare.

Ottawa is ruining most of Canada by providing regional welfare. Everyone loses. Alberta loses some of its labour, other parts of Canada lose their individualism, competitiveness and freedom.

Obviously Ottawa is not going to stop the doling out the dough. This is where they get their power from - millions are at their mercy, and will continue to vote them in to maintain the status quo. Their only motivation is to increase the size and number of the handouts in order to strengthen their grip on society. Each time they do, they further weaken all of us.

Alberta needs to separate for the good of all Canadians. Though it will be hard for those on the receiving end of our transfer payments at first, I am deeply convinced they will be far better off in the end.

Alberta Independence - do it for the children!

Friday, July 22, 2005

Let's Get While the Getting's Good

Dr. Leon Craig wrote this masterful piece regarding Alberta Separation that is an absolute must read! Craig is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta. I've been trying to hunt this article down ever since Link Byfield mentioned it in one of his recent columns. Thanks to Alberta Republicans for posting it up. Craig really hits the nail on the head here with a very candid discussion of reality in Canada.

I sincerely appreciate Craig pointing out that we need not fear independence. Instead we should look forward to forging our own path in the globalized world of the 21st Century, it will be an Adventure of the highest sort! Can you get anymore Albertan than that??

PS - If we were all the Rednecks the East tells us we are, the article would be entitled "Let's Git While the Gitten's Good!"

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Letter to Paul

Over at Crittermusings our somewhat passionate separatist friend JustThinkin has written a scathing letter to Martin regarding the PM's sustained abusiveness towards the West and democracy. JustThinkin is right on in a number of respects, and does an excellent job of expressing the feelings countless Albertans have towards the crooks in Ottawa. His statements about a civil war seem to me somewhat extreme. I don't think Canada has the stomach for violence, and I don't think it will come to that, why don't we hold off on these sorts of comments until we've got our 'clear' majority vote (whatever that means isn't clear thanks to the "Clarity Act") If Ottawa doesn't accept that, we can worry about it then. Besides, now that we've got Gun Control, what are we going to defend ourselves with? ;)

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The Heart of the Issue

I've been spending a fair amount of time thinking about what the real core of the problem is we Albertans have with Ottawa. We can all rattle off a long list of specific incidences of Ottawa giving us the proverbial short end of the stick. (NEP, Transfer Payments, Wheat Board, Gun Control...) These are just symptoms of the problem, not the true cause. Each of the lines of reasoning I follow lead me to a singular conclusion, it is a problem inherent to the system. We have a democracy that puts enough power in the hands of the majority that whatever they desire becomes law. In short, Canada is an Ochlocracy. It is the classic scenario of two wolves and a sheep voting on what to eat for supper. This is the evil of a practically unlimited democracy like we have here in Canada.

There is a very simple thought exercise that shows how evil this kind of democracy is. Consider if I were to come to you and rob you of some of your money. Would anyone condone this activity of mine? Obviously not, we all know theft is wrong, regardless of what laws there may be about it. How about if I were to get a buddy to come and help me steal from you, would that be ok? Of course not. Now what if 12,312,421 people got together and robbed you? Welcome to Alberta.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

A new Convert

On the fourth of July I was attending an Independence Day party. During the course of the evening I brought up the topic of Alberta Independence (seemed appropriate given what we were celebrating). As is usually the case, most of the people agreed that Alberta needs to separate. One of the guys in the group mentioned the fact that we had had the same discussion a year before at the very same party. This fellow stated that the year before he had come out strongly opposed to the idea. Now he is an ardent separatist. The events of the year had caused him to completely change his mind. My brother has also changed his mind on the issue. This seems to be a somewhat common phenomenon.

I wonder how many other Albertans have finally come around this year?

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Link Byfield has been going to town!

Link Byfield is a columnist for the Calgary Sun, he is also a Senator Elect (in Waiting). He's the chairman of the Citizens Centre for Freedom and Democracy

Byfield has been going to town on the separation issue, he isn't convinced that separation is our only option at this point, but he makes some very strong points about our relationship with Ottawa. He seems to think that we might be able to convince Ottawa (or at least Canadians in general) to hear our grievances and repair Confederation. I am all for attempting this. I am convinced that doing so will prove that our position within the country is no more than that of a milk cow colony. The steps that Byfield is proposing seem to me to be stepping stones along the path to separation. If they are able to fix the issues we have with Ottawa, I will rejoice with the rest of Albertans. If not, let's draw up our Declaration of Independence.

FreeAlberta Today

This blog is dedicated to the furtherance of the separation movement in Alberta. It has been made abundantly clear that Alberta is the victim of tyranny by the majority. We have spend an entire generation working to remedy the situation to no avail. The list of grievances against Alberta committed by Ottawa grows by the week. The power of Ottawa's corrupt politicians grows at the expense of Alberta. There is no indication that this will ever change. It is time to leave, to go our separate ways. Just as it was once time for Upper and Lower Canada to become independent of Great Britain, so now Alberta's time has come to rule herself.
In this blog I will focus on issues relating to Alberta Independence such as why separation is necessary, what an independent Alberta might look like and how we can go about forging our independence. I would like to invite you to add your comments to the discussion as we search for solutions together.