Friday, January 20, 2006

Alberta Can Blow Me

Paul Martin is frantically spending the last days of the election campaign reminding people that Stephen Harper comes from Calgary. Because, you know, everyone from Calgary in unfit to be Prime Minister.

If Martin does somehow win this election, he's going to leave Alberta extremely pissed, and a lot of Liberals out West in a foul mood. The "Alberta Card" may be good tactics when it comes to winning elections but, like the anti-Americanism, it's damaging to the country in the long run.

Remember the fuss when the Reform Alliance ran those ads asking if people really wanted a leader from Quebec? This is the same sort of regionalism that parties who pretend to be national should stay away from.

Especially from a leader who said his time as Prime Minister would be judged a "failure" if he couldn't end western alienation.


  • is reporting on Prime Minister Paul (Homer Simpson) Martin and the stumbles and bumbles of his campaign.

    The Liberal contempt for everyone in Canada is obvious and becoming far more apparent with each passing moment.

    One can speculate that Anne McLellan's polling numbers are so dismal that the Martin Team decided to dump her too in the desparate attempt to save Paul.

    How sad.

    If Martin were to eke out a win, Alberta separatists and Quebec separatists will have an impetus to work hard for the break up of Canada.

    All because Paul Martin is the most power hungry phony in Canada.


    By Anonymous TIZreporter, at 7:47 PM  

  • I hope he didn't say this. I for one don't think Alberta born prime-ministers are unfit to lead a country. I think Stephen Harper is unfit to be prime-minister. However, I think Joe Clark was a good prime-minister and he was from Alberta.

    By Blogger Miles Lunn, at 7:58 PM  

  • One should not forget the BC seperatists too! I personally was hoping for a Dithers win, just so my seperatist tendencies could be outed and finally be politically correct. But a Harper win may prove to have the same effect in the long run regardless. Central Canada just does not get the fact that the areas to their left and right do not exist solely to subsidize their beloved social programs and blame their social problems on; it is only a matter of a short time before a Tory government falls to a left- leaning consortium of some sort.

    I still believe NFLD will be the first to go; how many Republic of Alberta shirts do you see at Cowboy's? Now that NFLD has the fastest growing economy of Canada its only a matter of time before they figure out they are better off in a tax regime of their own. They already have a healthy nationalism.

    Oh well, Dithers, you'll go down as the most remembered PM in history: the one who tugged at the most cleavages in a desperate attempt to retain face. How's that for a legacy?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:05 PM  

  • Unless this is completely exaggerated, this is the act of a personally desperate man, spitting on the legacy of Trudeau to save his own skin. Trudeau may have had opinions about Calgarians, but he would have died before making Joe Clark's residency some kind of argument.

    There is a difference between going down swinging and...whatever this is.

    On the other hand, The animus will attach to Martin personally, not necessarily the Party, so the opportunity to rebuild is there. The party will need to find someone--preferably an adult--who is neither a Chretienite or a Martiniac in order to get back to some sort of credibility.

    By Blogger Wrye, at 8:06 PM  

  • It is just another example of what "Team Martin" will do to gain overall support. I am an Albertan AND a Canadian. Why can't we all just get along..... Well maybe after Monday night!

    By Blogger seismicdeath, at 8:35 PM  

  • Bart, just for the record, supporter that you know I am, I agree entirely with your post. That's not how you bring a country together.


    By Blogger Cerberus, at 8:40 PM  

  • Of all the fumbles this campaign, that statement by Martin has to be the most disappointing.

    By Blogger Steve V, at 8:40 PM  

  • You know, if they want to say Stephen Harper is a seperatist and unfit to govern and Ontario wants to reward that sort of ridiculous rhetoric then I think Colby Cosh is right. The bar stool seperatists here in Alberta are going to start getting a heck of a hearing and I wouldn't be surprised if the consensus was reached that it was time to take our oil and flip the rest of the country the bird.

    What's Paul Martin going to say in response that? He's always loved Alberta? That Alberta couldn't compete economically..that would be met with resounding laughter. The rest of Canada better hope that Stephen Harper wins.

    By Blogger Chris, at 8:48 PM  

  • It is fortunate that the Liberals are going to lose. People here were mad enough after the 2004 Ralph Klein smear job. They would have gone insane-effigy burning insane-this time.

    Anyone else notice that someone at the Legislature is being very quiet?

    By Blogger Andy Grabia, at 8:49 PM  

  • Miles, he did indeed say it and worse, in our Ontario riding the liberal ads on the radio now keep telling listeners that Albertan values and communities are different than the rest of Canada and that electing Stephen Harper will force these "values" on the rest of Canada that they do not share and that Alberta will have too much control over the rest of the country!

    Everyone here is chattering about it, that they don't think that Alberta should rule Canada. The fact that I EVER wanted and supported this PM is my shame and he has to be the biggest threat to national unity that we have ever had. Isn't there a video clip somewhere of this same man saying that if he did not unite Quebec and Alberta, all of Canada, that it would be his failure as a PM? I know that I heard him say it.

    By Anonymous Anne (mad in Ontario), at 9:08 PM  

  • Mike Duffy Live Doesn't have anything on it yet.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:32 PM  

  • From King Ed:

    "These are not progressive people," Broadbent told a news conference in Ottawa Friday. "The only time they talked about being progressive is in the dying days of the campaign. It's the only time they use the word -- when they try to go after the votes of ordinary people who are indicating they're going to vote for the NDP. Well I can tell you that this time it's not going to happen."

    "The Liberal campaigning has been deeply offensive," Broadbent continued. "Offensive to women, offensive to workers, and offensive to members of the armed forces, and offensive to all Canadians for suggesting that a vote for anyone but themselves is not progressive. This, my friends, is the height of arrogance. It is clear the Liberal Party no longer has the moral authority to deserve people's votes. Their cynical manipulation … will not work this time."

    -- oh, no you didn't! LOL!

    By Anonymous timm-eh!, at 9:33 PM  

  • What could be sadder then the voters anywhere that would accept these comments at face value and vote against the CPC just because they are scared Harper will win. Based on the word of Paul Martin. Base on his word? His word of honour?

    The man cares nothing for the nation if he is so shallow to play one area off against the rest. But, that said, the people who vote for him are perhaps even shallower if they are changing their minds for that reason.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:35 PM  

  • My... I don't know what to say other than "I'm stunned" Either most of you are from Alberta, or your just plain decent people.

    As a Tory,

    from Calgary,

    Thank-you for acknowleging our frustation.

    In Canada.

    I'm not making this up.

    Oh god that getting real old eh? But seriously, it doesn't have to be like this. I'm not a big fan of Harper, but we need to get someone in office who is going to change this mentality of pitting region against region.

    I don't care what party does that, Liberal, NDP, Conservative, even Green... I just want the Canada that I grew up with, a forward looking, united Nation that know's where it's direction lies.

    Not Martin.

    Cheers folks, and don't forget to vote.

    By Blogger Joe Calgary, at 9:41 PM  

  • Once again the politics of division is the order of the day and Alberta serves as a whiping boy for those who seek power at any price.

    Both Martin and Layton have demonized Albertans in the most hypocritical fashion possible.

    Layton is going to stare Klein down on healthcare, conveinently forgetting to mention that Ontario, Quebec and B.C.'s ventures into private health delivery make efforts in Alberta look amateurish by comparison.

    Smiling Jack also suggests tariffs on oil and gas exports to the U.S. to leverage our position on trade issues. One wonders why Ontario's auto sector and Quebec's hydro exports are not considered in the tariff strategy.

    Jr. on the other hand slags Alberta by proxy through that great union man Buzz Hargrove, that is when the Buzzer isn't knocking on doors for that great union gal Belinda Stronach.

    Pauly then offers a non-apology for the Buzzers lack of appropriate code words. He follows this performance up by suggesting a conservative cabal from the capital of greed that is Calgary will cut the east off.

    I guess Pauly forgot that Alberta is virtually the only have province left.

    It's not bad enough we have to support the waste and corruption that these crooked bastards are responsible for, we also have to suffer the indignity of the verbal bitch slaps that they throw around with impunity.

    Pissed is not the word to describe the average Albertans feelings if Ontario once again tips the scales and opts for the unprincipled, self serving, dishonest, loathsome leadership of the LPC.

    The political vacuum that is building around Klien's pending departure will suddenly fill with a separatist option the likes of which this country has never seen.

    Alberta has a long history of supporting one party for 30-40 years at a time and then dumping them unceremoniously in one fell swoop.

    The next purge will result in a resolute separatist party with a huge mandate.

    Unlike Quebec, Alberta has the means to follow through with a separatist agenda. There will be no dialogue, no hesitation and no quarter given.

    I sincerely hope this does not come to pass, but if it should, so be it.

    We in Alberta will use the dollars created by our finite resources to diversify our economy and move forward, Independantly.

    There is a limit to our oil resources and Albertans will no longer stand for the wealth it creates to be stolen outright or pissed away on programs of questionable value designed to buy the Liberals votes in central canadian metropolitan areas and poor eastern ridings.

    Pissed is not the word CG, a more appropriate description would be



    By Blogger Syncrodox, at 9:51 PM  

  • Syncro, I can't tell you how hard I have worked out here at the Conservative campaign office and donated everything we could. I am so floored, I don't have words, really.

    The only thing I can think of is everyone, all of us whether bloggers or just readers email/phone all newspapers and TV now, thousands of us, repeatedly, make it the story that it is: PM IS BIGGEST THREAT TO NATIONAL UNITY! Get his quotes out there, his own words, that he is a failure as a PM for not only failing to bring unity but further dividing our wonderful country just so he can cling to power. His thirst just to hang on is unbelievable, he must be put down! Turn the media back on him ASAP!

    By Anonymous Anne (mad in Ontario), at 10:17 PM  

  • Paul Martin, as we've just witnessed over the last week, would sell his mother's soul in a heartbeat to hold onto power. Anyone thinks he gives a rat's ass about Albertans (who've had the Liberals' number for decades now) is living in Disneyland.

    He is, without question, the most dispicable and maniacal leader of a political party I've seen in my 51 years.

    Everyone who votes for this POS deserves to live with their tortured consciences afterwards...assuming they have any kind of a conscience at all.

    I've never been so disgusted in my life.

    By Anonymous springer, at 10:27 PM  

  • Liberal candidate tells Canadian veteran to leave Canada.

    This is incredible, just how arrogant and rude are the Liberals?

    In Canada.

    Insulting veterans.

    We are not making this up.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:33 PM  

  • I think playing the Alberta card was pretty shallow, and, coming from the party of NEP and Scott Reid, this isn't going to look well on their part. I think this might just be the final nail in the coffin for Anne McLellan. Already down 7% in the polls in her riding, she would have to work hard to distance herself from that comment to change.

    By Blogger BC Tory, at 10:39 PM  

  • I had a strange, out-of-the-blue desire today to see the weekend treat the Conservatives badly so that Martin wins re-election. Like another above, the seperatist kindling inside of me has been smouldering for a while, and a Liberal win would be the puff of air it would take to set it alight.

    On the one hand, I'd really like to see the Conservatives win and hopefully turn this country into a viable nation. On the other, I see nothing but tremendous benefits should we Albertans decide to go it alone.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:44 PM  

  • Anne

    You make a good point the MSM is under reporting the impact of the politics of division.

    Most Albertans no more want to separate than they want a root canal without anesthesia. But tolerence is wearing thin ans the insults are eroding what tolerance is left.

    We recognize that there are people like yourself all over this country, in every region who share the values that many of us do.

    Unfortunately the champagn socialists of the left view there set of values as the only Canadian values worth holding.

    The insults and derision directed at Alberta is really a safe way for them to attack suburban and rural values.

    Take a look at the concentration of the lefts' power. They are in fact the party of metropolitan hipsters and eastern industrialists who smugly hold their values to be superior.

    Keep up the good fight in Ontario and hopefully come Monday night we can look forward to a renewall of our country. We in Alberta can only sit back and hope your efforts bear fruit.

    Good Luck and God Bless.


    By Blogger Syncrodox, at 10:46 PM  

  • Paul Martin has no credibility left

    Let’s look at the rhetoric and the reality:

    They say we would “Allow a front door vote on same sex marriage.”
    We won’t, they did. Paul Martin and the Liberals already allowed a free vote on same-sex marriage and 33 Liberal MPs voted against this Charter right.

    They say we would “Allow a back door vote on a woman’s right to choose.”
    We won’t, they did. Paul Martin and the Liberals have already allowed these votes – repeatedly – and 13 Liberal MPs (including current Cabinet Ministers Albina Guarineri and Joe Volpe) say they’ll vote against choice again.

    They say we would “Cancel the national Early Learning and Childcare Plan.”
    We won’t, and they didn’t do anything for over a decade in power and only began to put their national child care plan in place under NDP pressure in a minority government.

    They say we would “pull Canada out of Kyoto and kill $2 billion of funding to combat climate change”.
    We won’t, and their commitment to Kyoto has been entirely nominal. Since Paul Martin became Prime Minister Canada’s emissions have increased faster than the United States. When he was campaigning against Jean Chretien, Paul Martin did his best to undermine Kyoto.

    They say we would “join with George Bush and put Canada into the American Missile Defence Shield.”
    We won’t, they did. On February 24, 2004, 105 Liberals voted against an NDP-supported motion to “oppose the proposed American antimissile defence shield and cease all discussions with the Bush administration on possible Canadian participation.” The nays were led by a troika of Prime Minister Paul Martin, then-Defence Minister John McCallum and former Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham.

    They say we would help Stephen Harper “turn his back on the Kelowna agreement with Canada’s aboriginal peoples.”
    We won’t, and nothing would have happened at Kelowna if the NDP hadn’t forced the deplorable conditions at Kashechewan onto the front pages and shamed the Liberal government into long-overdue action.

    By Anonymous progressiveu, at 10:55 PM  

  • hear hear, enough with the stupid regional attacks on everyone.

    By Blogger The Liberal Times, at 11:07 PM  

  • After having a look at the SC and Ipsos/Reid polls tonight, I have three words to say to the Liberals - c'est la fin.

    And they know it as well as everybody hre.

    By Anonymous, at 11:16 PM  

  • I'm from the west, the USA is my second home (thanks to giving me a job I couldn't find in Canada), and I'm already PO'd at PM for hating Calgary (where I was trained).

    The Liberals need to dump this guy and get on with business. Even an air band needs a good front man....

    By Anonymous Hope-in-a-song, at 11:35 PM  

  • Not to throw fuel on the fire but here's another story from the Chronicle Herald involving Martin from another board...

    why doesn't this surprise me? Be sure and take in the graph about CSL and Cape Breton. Kyoto-a-go-go?

    Reading this I kept picturing Paul Martin as the Sea Captain from the Simpson's? "Yarrrgh, er, yarrgh."

    Crew of PM’s sons’ ship fear for jobs
    Rumours say vessel will be reflagged, deckhands replaced after election
    By STEPHEN MAHER Staff Reporter

    The crew of a vessel owned by Prime Minister Paul Martin’s family is afraid the company is only waiting for the election to end before reflagging the ship and replacing the sailors with a foreign crew.

    The Atlantic Superior, a 220-metre bulk carrier that usually works in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, is in Halifax for repairs to its engine.

    The rumour on the docks is that Canada Steamship Lines Inc., the company Mr. Martin built and eventually handed to his sons, plans to register it abroad and hire a cheaper foreign crew, but is waiting until Tuesday, because the news might hurt Mr. Martin’s electoral chances if it came out in the middle of the campaign.

    "That’s why he might have kept the Canadians on board until just after the election, because he knows that it would kill them if he would do so right now," said a union source, who asked not to be named.

    The rusty ship, flying a tattered Canadian flag, is tied up at Pier 34 in Halifax, with a skeleton crew aboard.

    "The Canadian crew have been pretty open about it around the port, that the ship will be reflagged and crewed with Russians after the election," said one waterfront source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    Mr. Martin’s political opponents have often pointed to the fact that some of CSL’s ships operate under foreign flags of convenience with foreign crews.

    The company says it hasn’t decided what to do with the vessel.

    "Just like every winter, we’re looking at how we’re going to find the fleet and no decision has been made at this point in time with respect to the Atlantic Superior," said Annie Pare, spokeswoman for the company.

    After Mr. Martin entered politics in 1994, he put the company, which he built, into what Joe Clark once called a "venetian blind trust," an arrangement in which Mr. Martin did not have control of the day-to-day operations of the company.

    Under political pressure, he transferred the company to his sons in 2003 and now he has nothing to do with it.

    "I haven’t got a clue what the company is doing," he told The Chronicle Herald on Thursday. "I do know that the company’s head office is in Montreal. It’s a Canadian company. It pays taxes in Canada. It has 500 Canadian employees and it has more ships under Canadian flags than any other Canadian shipping company."

    Fourteen of the company’s 23 ships fly the Canadian flag, because they carry cargo in Canadian waters. The others, which ply the world’s waters, fly flags of convenience and run with foreign crews, as do most international shipping companies.

    "It would be impossible to compete in the international market" without using foreign crews, said Ms. Pare. "That’s the reality."

    If CSL can’t find work for the Atlantic Superior in Canadian waters, it would be used internationally, likely under a foreign flag.

    The vessel may end up doing that because CSL hasn’t been able to work out a deal to ship Labrador iron ore from Sept-Isles in Quebec to the troubled Stelco steel mill in Hamilton, said Michel Desjardins, of the Seafarers Union of Canada.

    "I know that negotiations with Stelco weren’t very good," he said. "If they lose tonnage, that means ships can stay idle. If you don’t have cargo to carry, that’s the whole problem."

    Some Cape Bretoners have complained that Mr. Martin’s family has profited from the government’s decision to shut down the coal mines, because CSL makes money shipping foreign coal to Sydney for electricity generation.

    The day after the last election, inspectors found 83 kilograms of cocaine bolted to the underside of the hull of a CSL vessel in Sydney. The cocaine was on the Sheila Ann, a CSL vessel named after Mr. Martin’s wife. Port officials and police believe the drugs were secreted onto the vessel by organized criminals in Venezuela, where the vessel had taken on coal. No one has ever suggested anyone in CSL knew of the coke.


    ’The Canadian crew have been pretty open about it around the port, that the ship will be reflagged and crewed with Russians after the election.’
    Posted By not quite imus in the morning / Posted At 1/20/06 9:13 PM

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:46 PM  


    Is this the so called A-Bomb?

    How disgusting. How despicable.
    How divisive.

    Let's hope Canadians abort Paul Martin and Liberals of his kind.

    Choose what kind of Canada you want. You got that right, you friggin tax avoider. We won't be choosing the kind of Canada that pits one Canadian against another.

    I believe Paul Martin will go down in history as the poorest excuse of a leader the Liberals ever had. Leaving with no dignity or respect.

    That's OK Junior. Its the way you and the Board wanted to play the game.

    By the way, it looks good on you!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:06 AM  

  • Interesting story breaking at SDA.

    "Massive irregularities..."

    Why am I not surprized?

    Even a little bit?

    By Anonymous springer, at 12:36 AM  

  • I've already spoken about the threat of Alberta separatism on my blog ( I am not one of them, but I see it happening. A Liberal victory, still possible, would be the tipping point.

    Personally, I think Alberta would be worse off on its own, long term. But buckets of oil money cloud judgement. If Quebec had the same money we do, they'd have left years ago. The financial argument alone will win Alberta its independence.

    By Blogger Sean, at 12:37 AM  

  • The silence from the rest of the Liberal party is deafening.

    On the military ads, some spoke out.

    On this, silence.

    Buzz, Martin: Alberta and Calgary aren't fit to govern.

    So, Cerberus, CG: will this change your vote?

    By Blogger matt, at 12:47 AM  

  • So much for CTV's "nuclear" hit piece, eh CG?

    Martin keeps testing new depths with each passing day - thankfully, this incivility will end Sunday night.

    What, pray tell, are the Liberals going to campaign on next time around, after the Conservatives build a record in government that doesn't include the imposition of martial law, the banning of abortion, and the incorporation of Canada into the United States? I look so forward to an election campaign free from this vile demagoguery.

    By Blogger DM, at 12:55 AM  

  • A few days ago I made a promise to myself, not to listen to Martin for the rest of the campaign. He disgusts me so much I just hit the mute button. His daily doses of madness are an insult to our intelligence. I am sure his daddy would not be proud. After the campaign, he will mutate and evolve back into a semi-normal human being. But, he still will be a Liberal. What is the prescription for that?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:38 AM  

  • Yup, looks like the CTV thing was just a wishful rumour...I figured as much.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 2:02 AM  

  • Wow! Even the Toronto Star is distancing themselve from PM. ???

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:58 AM  

  • Well it is good to know that I am not alone in my absolute disgust with our current Prime Minister. I too, can no longer hear/see him speak for more than a few seconds.

    Now with this latest abortion commercial, I can barely contain my anger. I'm speechless...

    ....there are simply no words.

    How can any knowledgeable person justify voting for this man and his party?

    By Anonymous Kiraly, at 3:28 AM  

  • a plea to all good and loyal Canadians. On Jan 23rd,

    Abort Paul Martin
    Abort the Liberal Party of Canada
    Abort the Liberal candidate in your riding
    Abort, Abort, Abort and save Canada

    Stand up for all Canadians having the right to choose

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:31 AM  

  • Liberal Leader heads for Trench warfare

    I am wondering if the final stretch push on abortion as a key issue is simply Paul Martin reaching out to the Liberal Youth wing.

    It could be an indication Martin is set to stay as Liberal leader.


    By Blogger The Infozone, at 1:45 PM  

  • When I look at the way the campaign has been run, by the Liberals, and the Conservatives, it becomes patently clear to me that the ideology of the ruling Liberal elite has become extreme in the quest to maintain their grip on power. A grasp which has been engineered in the last 13 years on the basis of pitting people against people, region against region, and ideological extreme against ideological extreme. This is not the Canada I grew up in. As a child and as a young man, I knew what it meant to be a Canadian, and I had a firm unshakable grasp of my identity as a Canadian. This has been slowly but surely eroded over the last 20 years, and it has to end. As an Albertan, I keep seeing my national identity slipping into the background, and my sentiment towards cutting loose of Confederation becoming stronger and more profound every year. This is not what I want, this is not what Alberta in general wants, but we are running out of choices here in Wild Rose country. This has become more and more pronounced in Alberta, especially in the last 2 years. I believed, and many of the people I know believed, that Paul Martin was going to be a beacon of hope for Alberta, and provide us the reasons we seek to stick with Confederation. The polls show categorically that most Albertan’s feel very betrayed, and we are at a crossroads in our relationship with Confederation. Alberta is called the whining province, the spoiled little brother, who always screams foul. People see us as rich, and wonder “what more do you need”, “what are you complaining about”, without really bothering to take the time to understand our grievances. People in Alberta are very, very intelligent as a general rule. Calgary is a good example. Did you know that over 50% of Calgarian’s have at least one year of University, and most, if not all, have a high school diploma. We are not idiots out here, but we are profoundly simple in our methodologies. People in Alberta believe in straight talk, honesty above all, and that hard work will move you forward. We don’t leave our poor or broken in the streets, but we do not coddle those who can be better than they are. We strive to achieve and succeed, where others will not. These basic beliefs are not just idle talk. Our own government provincially holds to these ideals, it is ingrained in our society here, and anyone coming to work and live here, quickly gets absorbed into that philosophy. It’s hard to fail when so many around you want you to succeed. It’s both a culture, and a philosophy that goes unspoken, but everyone here feels it. When we look at our contribution to Confederation, which is considerable at $9.3 billion in the last fiscal year, and is essentially all of our oil revenue, plus another billion. Then we turn to see corruption, scandal, largess, arrogance, and disdain for our opinion, and we realize this isn’t right. This isn’t acceptable. We as a province do not want more power than other provinces, we are not seeking to place ourselves above the rest of the country… that’s not the way we do things here. We simply want an equal voice in what goes on in the nation. We want our vote to be equal to a vote by a person in any other part of the country, and it isn’t. We are not alone in this either, BC feels very much the same. There are 7.5 million people between Alberta and BC, yet despite constituting 24% of the nations population, we have less than 10% of the voice of the nation. I say to you people who profess to be Liberal, or NDP, is not the founding principle, the single most important principle of Liberalism in general, that fact that all people are equal? Does this not fly in the face of a democratic process which gives me as an Albertan one quarter of the voice of a person from PEI? Where is the liberal, democratic principle in this? No, it has to change, and whether the rest of Canada wants it or not, it will change. Stephan Harper represents Alberta’s last hope to begin the process of inclusion into Confederation, he is the last straw of Alberta. Should Monday provide a Liberal government, even in the form of a minority, it will be the straw that broke the camels back. Canada will have for once and for all broken the faith with Alberta. You will have shown us that corruption, and larceny, are acceptable, and that Alberta’s voice means nothing, and the surge in the Seperation Party of Alberta will be manifest. Brothers and Sisters in Ontario, and Quebec, and the Maritimes, you need to understand this. Alberta doesn’t care who gets in, as long as it’s not the Liberal elite. You need to understand that we are not like Quebec, we don’t need to seek association with the rest of Canada, we choose to be in Canada, and we can very easily choose not to be. What does Canada have to offer Alberta, other than a labor pool. There are many great, great things about the nation, that are also important to us, but at the end of the day, what could the rest of the nation possibly offer us if we decided to take the steps necessary to say good-bye to Confederation? Alberta is the 9th largest producer of Oil in the world, after you take the Atlantic provinces out of the equation. We produce a million barrels a day currently, and we will be producing over 3 million in a short few years, with a resource that virtually every prediction shows will last Alberta more than 130 years. Canada as a nation cannot compete with that. On top of that, we have a $5 billion per year cattle industry, that our Federal Government already failed to protect once, and we won’t let them screw it up twice, and a modern manufacturing sector that is beginning to open a path in the global markets. No my friends, there is only one carrot you have to bargain with, and that is equality. Alberta will have an equal voice, and we will have it within the next decade, or we will write you as a nation a cheque for the bill and say good-bye. What could Canada do, send in the troops? Alberta is better armed than the military, and there's 3 million of us. As a proud Canadian, and as an Albertan, I don’t want to see that happen. I want to be Canadian, but I won’t play the fool forever, and nor will my fellow Albertan’s. I voted for Stephen Harper last weekend, and I did it because I believe that he will begin the process of re-unifying this nation. I believe that he can help recreate a common identity, which we can all be proud of. I’m not suggesting he’s the great final hope or anything, but I believe he will start us on a more healthy, positive approach to Confederation. I urge all Canadians to go back to the books, and understand the truth of this, and think hard about how they cast their ballot. At the very least, CAST YOUR BALLOT!

    By Blogger Joe Calgary, at 3:01 PM  

  • And the LPC wonders why they can't get a Liberal elected in Alberta. Tizreporter, BTW, Paul Martin is more like Grandpa Simpson than Homer. The unfocussed rants did it for me.

    By Blogger Richard Pearson, at 3:45 PM  

  • Keep in mind that in the US, the Republicans have used the line that if you are from Massachusetts, you are not really American and you should be disqualified from becoming President. And it works. And there is no seccession movement in New England, though maybe there should be.

    Nevertheless, the Liberals just blew the Edmonton Centre race.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:56 PM  

  • Richard,

    You are the second person to suggest that. So, I have to agree.

    Grampa Simpson, with Homer Simpson as Campaign Director. is reporting on Scott Feschuk's request today for questions.

    All the links you need are there.

    This includes Reg Alcock telling Union Members they are "dumb as posts".

    Who could make this stuff up.


    By Blogger The Infozone, at 5:01 PM  

  • Ottawa and the rest of Canada need a whole lot more Alberta!!!!! Newfoundland where I used to live is catching on and so are many other places in this great country. Ottawa and Toronto will probably be the last to get the message.

    By Anonymous themaj, at 5:02 PM  

  • It is true that it's unfair towards Albertans. But does Canada really want a prime minister that was in the reform party? That's what he should have asked. Now it's all a matter of 'are you more fearful of the conservatives than you loathe the liberals?'

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:40 PM  

  • "I still believe NFLD will be the first to go;"

    Truer words were never said. Last in usually means first out. Now that Danny and the buys are rolling in their petrodollars the necessity of playing Step'n'fechit to Central Canada has pretty much gone out of style. THere's also that little matter of fifty-plus years of very patronizing attitudes delivered by the CBC.

    Thank god JC passed the Clarity Act with its demand for a "clear question". I expect that when Danny Millions holds his referendum the question will look something like this:

    "Do you agree that NL should tell Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa to kiss our windswept arse?"

    Good luck to Ottawa in collecting on all those post offices that it built. The final act will be the demolition of the hydro pylons carrying Churchill Falls power to Quebec City.

    By Anonymous herringchoker, at 10:31 PM  

  • Alberta seperation is the best option with stephen in office or not.

    ALberta would be a little nation but it would have an amazing society. Lets go for it......

    I can't imagine how good we will be without canada dragging us down.

    By Blogger mike mcall, at 1:15 AM  

  • The final days of this campaign have seen a torrent of hate and innuendo spew from the mouth of Paul Martin and the Liberals. As an INDEPENDENT (in my life I have been a member of the NDP, voted for most major parties and worked to build a better Canada) thinking Canadian I can not bring myself to vote for a party that would stoop so low as to use such tactics. If they think that Canadians are dumb enough to fall for these tactics two elections in a row it only shows how low of an opinion of the Canadian voter

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:53 AM  

  • "Alberta can blow me"... this is the most out of context post if ever I saw one. If you read the original article (even thought the articel itself seems a little biased) from which this post is derived, Martin was talking about the lack of influence McCay has in a Harper crowd.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:39 AM  

  • "The final act will be the demolition of the hydro pylons carrying Churchill Falls power to Quebec City" - and then how are you planning on getting the power to the end-users? If only it were so easy...

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