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LETTER: No Kenney, independence is not “unpatriotic”

“I don’t think standing up for my family, my friends, or my neighbours, makes me unpatriotic. Even if it does, I’m willing to take such accusations in stride knowing that I am doing everything I can to fight for the basic fairness Albertans deserve.”

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Alberta’s right to develop our own resources as we see fit has been under attack from Ottawa every single day since Lougheed won this key consideration in the Constitution.

Albertans expect their Premier to defend this right with every tool available. 

When Ottawa bans tanker exports of Alberta’s oil, and only Alberta’s oil, we expect action not words. When Ottawa uses regulations to cut off the possibility of building new pipelines, while at the same tome directly funding “land-lock Alberta’s oil,” organizations, Albertans expect action. When Ottawa imposes carbon taxes designed to prevent development of Alberta’s oil, gas, and coal, Albertans expect action. When Ottawa unilaterally extends an equalization formula designed to transfer money away from a province mired in a recession, experiencing depression era unemployment, Albertans expect action.

Albertans voted in record numbers for a government that promised to fight for a fair deal. In the year since that election, Ottawa has not backed away from infringing on provincial jurisdiction; not a single step backwards. In fact, the attacks have only increased, with Ottawa set to jack up the carbon tax, and impose a second carbon tax masquerading as new fuel standards. At the same time Ottawa muses about bringing in universal basic income. Enough is enough.

At the recent UCP convention, our Premier told us he is too patriotic to ever consider separation under any circumstances. If that’s true, it is a startling confession. It means that Ottawa can and will continue its attacks on Alberta’s jurisdiction indefinitely.

Our Premier may be willing to accept everything that has been done to our province, or everything Trudeau has in store for us. I’m not.

I don’t think standing up for my family, my friends, or my neighbours, makes me unpatriotic. Even if it does, I’m willing to take such accusations in stride knowing that I am doing everything I can to fight for the basic fairness Albertans deserve.

And everything I know about the character of this province leads me to believe that I am not alone.

Nathan Anderson
Carbon, Alberta

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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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LETTER: Minimum wage discussions are often multi-faceted

I would love to see the take-home pay issue receive far more media attention than it does, because it’s our take-home pay that pays the bills, not what we earn.

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RE: A $15 hourly minimum wage actually costs student jobs

Thank you for your article on this perpetually divisive subject, and I appreciate the care you took to present a balanced view from both sides.

An adjunct to this discussion is earned pay vs take-home pay. The spread between the two has steadily increased over the past couple of decades, which is (in large part) why many request higher wages.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s often the government that gets the bigger proportionate raise than the employee, via payroll taxes.

When yearly increasing income tax, CPP, and EI amounts are deducted from the earned pay, any modest pay increase does little to improve a person’s actual paycheque.

From the employer’s perspective, they match CPP contributions 50/50, pay the higher proportion of EI deductions at 60/40, and pay 100% of the workers’ compensation premiums. And since these amounts are based on gross and not net pay, the hit to a company’s payroll budget directly impacts their financial ability to hire.

I would love to see the take-home pay issue receive far more media attention than it does, because it’s our take-home pay that pays the bills, not what we earn.

Rick Morse
Berwick, NS

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LETTER: John Carpay will be dearly missed

“Mr. Carpay’s actions may have been questionable in your eyes but they were not illegal.”

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RE: Carpay steps aside as head of the JCCF

Reinstate John Carpay.

He is the heart and soul of the JCCF and has been an effective and tireless advocate for the freedoms of Canadians.

Don’t give in to the demands of the elite political hypocrites and bullies who demand his head for one minor slip up. Hypocrites who continue to cavalierly and unapologetically break every promise they make and who do NOT have the right to judge and condemn Mr. Carpay for his actions.

“He among you who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.”

Mr. Carpay’s actions may have been questionable in your eyes but they were not illegal. We are at war with our political system and our Rights and Freedoms are literally at stake.

I support Mr. Carpay’s actions and demand he be reinstated in his position at the JCCF. Do not give in to the woke and political bullies!!

Bring back John Carpay.

Kate Chapman
Olds, AB

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