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LETTER: Kenney is vacillating while Ottawa walks over Alberta

James Albers writes that Kenney is all tough talk when it comes to Ottawa.

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RE: Kenney, Scheer won’t back Buffalo Declaration – Wall and Barnes come out in support

Albertans elected a new premier and government a little less than a year ago. They voted for Jason Kenney and the UCP because they could not endure another four years of a premier who not only did not understand the basic economics, but a premier who was not willing to stand up for Alberta, its industries, and its citizens.

They expected that Mr. Kenney would be a champion of our industry and our citizens in this province and restore at least that aspect of the role of the premier. Sure, they knew he had spent the vast majority of his adult life in the “Ottawa bubble”, but Albertans felt certain that given his tour of the province when he was drumming up support for uniting the right, that he at least seemed to understand the “defend Alberta” part of the premier’s role.

Over the course of the last few months, it has become evident to many Albertans that there is a clear and present danger that Alberta is facing from a federal political structure and its policies that are aimed directly at the heart of this province. The federal government has implemented policies that effectively have landlocked our province and as such, robs us of our livelihood and ability to generate wealth. Yet, this same system continues to expect us to contribute to the budgets and wellbeing of other provinces, namely Quebec.

What has become clear to many in the West, and specifically in Alberta, is that they are not equal partners in this political union. Mr. Kenney’s response to this has been to fire off sharply worded letters and prognosticate in public on the unfairness of it all, but has failed to show genuine leadership and real action to defend the interests of Alberta. His policy has been decidedly timid and ineffectual.

His biggest response was that he put a panel together on whether Albertans want a fair deal for things like equalization, a provincial pension plan, more control over our taxes and so on. He needed to ask if Albertans want a fair deal in confederation? It is what they elected him to do. Now he is going to bring forth legislation on citizen-led referendums, again on these fair deal issues. This is the very definition of leading from the rear.

Mr. Kenney doesn’t need to ask any Albertans if they want to be treated equally and fairly as part of any group, let alone as citizens of this country. That should be a given. Albertans don’t need a referendum on equality, or a fair deal, or whatever it will be called. The provincial government has the authority right now to pass bills in our legislature on these issues that would compel the federal government and the other provinces in our country to come to the bargaining table to negotiate on a new form of political union that would truly be equal.

That would be leadership, and it would allow Albertans to see clearly whether the rest of this country is willing to make us equal partners in this confederation. If they aren’t, then we can have a referendum; not on equality, but independence.

James Albers

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LETTER: Quebec is worth the effort

“It’s the first sensible insight that I have seen in a very long time.”

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RE: MAKICHUK: Let’s engage Quebec, and not just bash it

Your article is heartfelt and very impressive.

It’s the first sensible insight that I have seen in a very long time.

If at first, we don’t get far with Quebec, then keep trying. Thanks so much.

Richard Patterson
Ponoka, AB.

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LETTER: The rest of the country may think of Alberta as redneck — let them

Alberta is being looked at as redneck. Well I like it. It’s about time somebody stood up to the bull crap that’s being handed down.

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RE: MARSDEN: Vaccines are the anti-lockdown super weapon we need

When will the media start sending out the message vaccinated people can spread COVID-19 just as easy as non-vaccinated people.  In fact, maybe easier due to the mindset of invincibility they feel once vaccinated.

Start spreading the news the experimental drug vaccine only helps your personal immune system. It does not cure, make you immune, or stop you from spreading COVID-19.

The rising list of possible side effects to this untested long-term drug is scary, yet the media seems to ignore this except whatever the Pharma and government passes out. 

How come we don’t hear how many positives have been passed by vaccinated people? 

Alberta is being looked at as redneck. Well, I like it. It’s about time somebody stood up to the bull crap that’s being handed down. 

I think every unvaccinated person, when forced to stand in a line or segregated out, should stand in the line of the vaccinated. Slow the system down. 

Should tell the readers medical history is private.  If I have to sign a document for another doctor to see my records what authority does someone have to even ask me for my medical status to board a plane or get food etc.

Jerry Terpstra
Brooks, AB

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LETTER: Alberta should be off Equalization hook

Why would foreign nations be eligible for gratis Canadian money?

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RE: Alberta Equalization referendum a step closer to reality

Alberta should be off the hook for Equalization support to the new Nation of Quebec.

Why would foreign nations be eligible for gratis Canadian money? Unless, of course, Trudeau decides their girls need education.

Then the payments could be construed as being for that. The Quebec template is open for us too. Just hold a couple of referendums on separation and no matter the outcome, eventually, we’ll get our way.

Doug Bullick
Camrose

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