Alberta is taking on Quebec former plan to Separate from Canada, due to the continuing downward spiral of the energy crisis. Currently one quarter of Albertans feel they would be better off separating from the country. Alberta is best known for being a big role in the oil industry, and those who are frustrated with the way Alberta’s economy has been struggling, feel federal policies and federal approaches to things are not reflective enough of the Western economies in particular.
Here are some of the reasons why some Albertans want to separate from Canada:
- The Trans Mountain Pipeline issue.
- Lack of trust in the government.
- Oil companies laying out employee.
- Not wanting a repeat of the recession from 1980.
“Quebec was getting a one-third increase in equalization. All of that equalization is basically paid for by Alberta and Saskatchewan.” -Ted Morton
Fellow executive of the School of Public Policy Ted Morton isn’t shocked the idea of Alberta wanting to separate is resurfacing.
“Frustration has been building since the cancellation and buyout of the Kinder Morgan pipeline last spring but, in (a period of) 48 hours, I think there was a one-two punch,” explained Morton. “At the First Ministers’ meeting Friday, the Quebec premier got up and said there’s not going to be Alberta oil going through our province and then the very next day it was announced that, in equalization, Quebec was getting a one-third increase in equalization. All of that equalization is basically paid for by Alberta and Saskatchewan.”
Some people such as Former Alberta Liberal leader Sen. Grant Mitchell, does understand and shares the frustration of Albertans, but also believes the Federal government is in Alberta’s corner.
“Canadians need to work together.” – Grant Mitchell
Mitchell talked about the reality of the 1980 recession and says “In those days, it was seen to be us being alienated from the East. Well, the issue right now is between Alberta and B.C. The federal government is supporting Alberta intensely. Canada need to work together.”
In the long run, it wouldn’t be easy for Alberta to separate from Canada. It would require having different currency, passports, military and a long list of other essentials Alberta would need in order to run functionally.
By: Vanessa Arrate, December 14th 2018
Sources: CTV, Calgary Herald, CBC