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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!


At 11/22/2005 3:47 PM, Blogger phizman said...

Didn't you know that Alberta was on the RECIEVING end of transfer payments from when the program was setup in the 50s until the mid-70s when oil prices shot up? And who has been paying into the program for the majority of the time? Ontario and BC.

Just because Alberta is on the up for now, they suddenly don't like the program because they on the top side now. 40 years from now when all the oil is gone, they will come crying back to the provinces that actually have REAL industry.


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