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CARPAY: Kenney-Notley covidism follows in the footsteps of other collectivist ideologies

“Covidism’s heaven, sought after by Jason Kenney and Rachel Notley alike, is a place where nobody dies of COVID-19, regardless of the adverse by-products of their crusade.”

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On April 29, 2021, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said that his government may begin to impose curfews on Albertans. 

I found it hard not to recall the stories of my grandparents who endured government-imposed curfews in the Netherlands during the Second World War. Those curfews were imposed by an infinitely more odious regime and under wildly different circumstances, but their effect and authoritarian nature are too similar to ignore outright.

Albertans are now suffering through the fourteenth month of the “two weeks to flatten the curve” temporary lockdown. Premier Kenney continues to violate our Charter freedoms to move, travel, associate, assemble, and worship. If you believe that our current police state is going to be lifted, please tell me when the ‘curve’ will be ‘flattened’ or ‘bent’ enough. Who gets to determine what is “enough”? On what basis will anyone know whether the curve is sufficiently ‘bent’ or ‘flattened’? Kenney has already thrown all of his previously established benchmarks to the wind whenever they failed to suit him. 

Jeffrey Tucker argues that “every political ideology has three elements: a vision of hell with an enemy that needs to be crushed, a vision of a more perfect world, and a plan for transitioning from one to the other. The means of transition usually involve the takeover and deployment of society’s most powerful tool: the state. For this reason, ideologies trend totalitarian. They depend fundamentally on overriding people’s preferences and choices and replacing them with scripted and planned belief systems and behaviors. An obvious case is communism. Capitalism is the enemy, while worker control and the end of private property is the heaven, and the means to achieve the goal is violent expropriation. Socialism is a softer version of the same: in the Fabian tradition, you get there through piecemeal economic planning.”

Premier Kenney’s covidism defines hell as death by COVID-19 (but death by suicide, drug overdoses, cancelled surgeries, delayed cancer diagnoses and other lockdown harms must be stoically accepted as a necessary and inevitable part of life). Hell is a society in which pathogens run freely (even though mankind has successfully survived all kinds of viruses for thousands of years,). The enemy of the people are individuals who refuse to live their lives with the primary purpose of avoiding contamination. COVID-19 is the sole or greatest evil; therefore, failing to make COVID-19 eradication one’s top priority is a sin or moral failure. Resistance to lockdown restrictions is a heresy and deviancy.  

Covidism’s heaven, sought after by Jason Kenney and Rachel Notley alike, is a place where nobody dies of COVID-19, regardless of the adverse by-products of their crusade. Sure, Albertans’ average life expectancy in this heaven will have declined, and our overall mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and financial health will be in terrible shape, but that’s acceptable, so long as nobody dies of this virus. Covidism’s heaven is an Alberta managed by government-appointed medical “experts” who know what is best for all of us, despite their ignorance of economics, finance, philosophy, constitutional law, human rights, psychology, history, anthropology, and other important fields. 

Covidism’s most fanatical adherents are people with various degrees of germaphobia (mysophobia), once regarded as a mental disorder, but now elevated into laws that force all citizens to behave like germaphobes when outside of their own homes (or even in their own homes if they dare have guests over). Anyone could be a super-spreader, and you know immediately who the bad people are: those who don’t wear a mask, or have family and friends over for dinner. 

Like other collectivist ideologies, covidism has little regard for the rights, freedoms, and basic human needs of each individual person. The basic human right (and need) to associate freely, in person, with friends and extended family, must give way to the ideological cause of stopping the virus at all costs. Nothing can stand in the way of the state’s myopic objective. The mental and physical health benefits of playing team sports, watching a live performance, and singing in a choir or church must be discarded. The only legitimate goal in life in 2020 and 2021 is submit oneself to the state’s war against infection. 

Like other collectivist ideologies, covidism ruthlessly suppresses the freedom of citizens to assemble peacefully and protest against the violation of their rights and freedoms by the state. Peaceful rallies of more than 10 people are an embarrassment to Premier Kenney and to other public sector elites who collect their full salaries from taxpayers while claiming, falsely, that “we’re all in this together.”

Like other collectivist ideologies, covidism has no regard for religious freedom. Despite the inability of governments to provide scientific support for their belief in asymptomatic spread, people cannot sing in houses of worship, or gather freely in numbers of their own choosing. A non-compliant pastor will be jailed, and his church physically barricaded, all in the name of the greater good.

Like other collectivist ideologies, covidism desperately wants to be seen as “scientific,” in order to bully and intimidate freedom-loving opponents of the regime’s ideology. Karl Marx used the term “scientific socialism” to describe his communist ideology. 

Like other collectivist ideologies, covidism isn’t based on science. The government’s own data tells us that of the 309,000 Canadians who died in 2020, only 5% died with COVID-19. Of 38 million Canadians, very few of us are going to get sick. Almost all who get sick will get over it, with a survival rate of 99.77%. If you are under 70, driving a car poses a higher risk of death.  

The coronavirus has very minimal impact on life expectancy. The average life expectancy in Alberta is 82.5. The average age of those in Alberta who have died with COVID-19 is 82. With few exceptions, COVID-19 is not spread by healthy people or by casual contact. The “cases” reported on by sensationalist, government-funded media do not refer to sick people, but to those with a positive result from a meaningless PCR test that was never designed to diagnose this virus. One can quarantine the sick and protect the vulnerable, but trying to vanquish a virus by crippling the economy and breaking up civil society is futile. In all of human history, no country, society or civilization that has tried this approach. There are simply no success stories. 

In Alberta, ICU admissions in 2020 were at the lowest levels since 2015. COVID-19 patients currently occupy only 632 of Alberta’s 8,483 hospital beds. Lack of hospital and ICU capacity has been a problem for many years, and is caused not by COVID-19 but by an inefficient, unresponsive and unaccountable government monopoly over health care.  

Premier Kenney has had more than 13 months to increase hospital and ICU capacity. Doing so would have cost a small fraction of the massive economic losses that lockdowns continue to inflict on Alberta, not to mention the tens of billions in new debt that our children and grandchildren will be forced to pay back. 

It took 74 years (1917-91) for the Soviet empire to collapse. Hopefully, covidism’s violation of our Charter rights and freedoms will face the ash heap of history much quicker. 

John Carpay is a Columnist for the Western Standard. He is also president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (jccf.ca) which is suing the Alberta Government to end lockdown restrictions.

John Carpay is a Columnist for the Western Standard. He is also President of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms and the former Alberta Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

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  1. Lacey

    May 8, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Very well written! Please continue, we need this level of thought, critical thinking and education to get to the people!

  2. Left Coast

    May 3, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    Clark . . . there is no TAR in Fr. McMurray . . . you sound like an Echo-freak!

    Texas is normal today . . . and since much of Alberta’s oil industry moved there 5 years ago there is going to be some travel.

    Likely all of those workers under 60 and their odds of dying from the Wuhan Flu are tiny, 99+% recovery rate.

    Covid rate = result of fake PCR tests . . . completely meaningless !

  3. John Clark

    May 3, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    the WRP/UCP have extended essential workers status to the oil patch in general and specifically the tar sands workers who are largely US citizens so they can go south for a visit then, come back to work in Canada without any isolation. This has pushed our COVID Rate up higher than India’s and they are in a state of extreme crisis,

  4. Left Coast

    May 3, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Premier Kenny has demonstrated for 14 months that he has absolutely no clue what he is doing concerning the Wuhan Flu.
    Has he called any of the Jurisdictions who have had success battling the CCP Pandemic?
    Did he talk to Gov DeSantis in Florida, Gov Noam in South Dakota . . . two of the most successful Govs on the continent. Of course he did not . . . even Texas and Arizona did a pretty good job . . . But Clueless Kenny is not interested, he just follows the lead of the CCP and locks everything down . . . OVER & OVER . . . each time expecting a DIFFERENT Result! Einstein said that is the definition of Insanity ! ! !

  5. Dennis Richter

    May 3, 2021 at 8:12 am

    Its time for a change to a government that is For the People, By the People. Get on board, become a member in the fastest growing party in the country, get involved and make this happen in 2023. https://wildrose.party/

  6. berta baby

    May 3, 2021 at 5:56 am

    the best thing we can do is continue supporting outlets like western standard that get the truth out there, by by supporting the JCCF and by ensuring the next election does not go to the UCP MLA’s that stand by and watch as the propagandists, HInshaw, Notley and Kenney all use each other to justify their draconian freedom grabs.
    Its also up to the police forces to defend our freedom. these media propagandists, these so called health experts and Politicians have no power unless the police and the military back them. I just hope we have enough good chief’s out there.

  7. JONATHAN DIXON

    May 3, 2021 at 12:14 am

    “Covidism’s heaven, sought after by Jason Kenney and Rachel Notley alike, …” From my viewpoint, both Jason and Rachel are really on the same team, although they pretend to be on opposite sides of the political spectrum. I wouldn’t be surprised if they attend secret planning meetings together. Jason seems to be getting his cues from Rachel. Rachel says GraceLife Church should be shut down and the next thing you know, Jason and his gang shuts down the church. Rachel calls Jason a weak leader, which sets the stage for Jason to bring in draconian lockdown measures, with policing patio tables, just to make sure the ones at the table are all from the same household, and curfews. The evidence is there, guys. We’ve all been had.

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SLOBODIAN: Former general slamms Trudeau ‘stupdity’

Canadian taxpayer’s millions go directly into the Taliban’s blood-soaked hands. No one’s on the ground to ensure it helps Afghans they terrorize and slaughter.

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There’s truth, duty, and valour — the Royal Military College (RMC) of Canada’s motto the honourable live by as they strive to keep promises made.

Then there’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s broken promises to thousands of Afghans stuck in a potential death trap, as hopes of evacuation to safety rapidly fade.

Afghans helped the Canadian military during their 2001-2104 Afghanistan mission, believing Canada’s promise to bring them here to safety if necessary. 

It’s years past necessary. Promises broken. They’re hiding in terror with their children — Lord help the little girls — from Taliban predators. 

“There’s a bunch of people running around with sharp knives looking for them. They wouldn’t be brought before a court. The Taliban would take their heads off,” retired Maj.-Gen. Clive Addy, former Land Force Western Area commander, told the Western Standard.

Faithful translators proved invaluable. 

“They were very good at passing information to soldiers to prevent them from getting bombed out, or things like that. There’s a myriad of human services they provided. It required a heck of a lot of skill, camouflage, truth. It was that kind of courage they showed on our behalf that we must show for them,” said Addy.

“Truth, duty, and valour. The truth is, the Taliban took over. They’re criminals. Now they’ve got the place. The people to whom we made a vow, we have the duty to fulfill it. And valour, we’ve got to have the guts to do it.” 

“I cannot, having served my country, sit here and watch us walk away from such an important commitment. We’re walking away.”

It’s not that Trudeau isn’t shovelling money into Afghanistan. He pledged an initial extra $50 million for humanitarian aid, topping $27.3 million allocated for 2021.

Recently, Trudeau gave $1.7 million to the Afghanistan Strategic Evacuation Team (ASET), a group of Canadians and Afghans overseen by the Veterans Transition Network (VTN), helping Afghan interpreters.

Of the 10,000 Afghan translators and their families they’ve identified, 1,760 are hiding in safe houses used since the U.S. withdrawal in August. 

The $3 million spent to date, at $20,000 a day, was donated by private citizens and corporations. 

Funds run out November 5. 

Shockingly, Trudeau stipulated the $1.7 million couldn’t be used for safe houses, only logistics.  

ASET is overseen by three retired Canadian major generals — Dean Milner, David Fraser, and Denis Thompson — all RMC graduates.

Bureaucrats, obediently wagging their tails for Trudeau, tell these military greats, all former task-force commanders in Afghanistan, where to spend money.

Canadian taxpayer’s millions go directly into the Taliban’s blood-soaked hands. No one’s on the ground to ensure it helps Afghans they terrorize and slaughter.

Trudeau’s foolishly hoping the devious Taliban — seeking cash and recognition as a legitimate government — will be good little terrorists keeping a promise to behave.

“I’m just shaking my head. I don’t know how they come up with this stupidity. The Taliban asked for support, and we’ve got immigration going through the UN prepared to give them money. But they’re not prepared to give money to people under threat,” said Addy.

“The Taliban have the gall to say ‘Our people are hungry, send money to the UN.’ We’re supporting that. I’m sure there’s some hungry Taliban that Canada might help. The rest of the people are starving.”

On the campaign trail, Trudeau said Canada would welcome 20,000 Afghan refugees. Foreign Minister Marc Garneau, a former Navy commander, doubled it to 40,000 at the UN General Assembly in September.

At an October G20 meeting, Trudeau proclaimed humanitarian assistance must continue, but urged the Taliban to respect rights of women and children. Urge away, it’ll never happen.

Trudeau also urged other countries to take in more refugees.

So far, Canada says it welcomed 3,700 Afghans. That disputed number’s likely 3,000. Many had already left Afghanistan and were ‘evacuated’ from safe countries. Less than 20% were interpreters and families.

Addy recently penned a letter to ministers and MPs to be signed by RMC alumni, outlining a blueprint of what Trudeau must do.

It stated the need to expedite funds to ASET; remove barriers restricting funds from being used for safe houses; remove documentation obstacles eliminating the need for passports by issuing single use travel documents to valid resettlement applicants allowing them to obtain Pakistan e-visas; issue facilitation letters to support the travel documents; and fund air charters for evacuation.

Addy, Milner, Fraser and Thompson aren’t the only retired commanders criticizing the government.

In August, retired general and former chief of the defence staff Rick Hillier told CBC the evacuation operation is “cluttered” by bureaucratic clumsiness, inefficiency, and paperwork. Former lieutenant-general and Liberal MP Andrew Leslie echoed concerns.

Trudeau said the Taliban seized power so quickly, Canada couldn’t evacuate more people. Nonsense.  Military personnel and NGOs have fought for years to get interpreters out.

“I spent three years trying to bring in one of my good Afghans and family members. His file was in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada longer. No movement. Zero, with me picking on them daily, getting lawyers to help,” said VTN’s Milner.

“He was almost killed. The Taliban had his phone. He was a fighter. The Taliban wanted him big-time. We were able to sneak him and his seven lovely children out…They’re in Canada.”

The government, rightfully, says Afghans must be vetted. Hence, the delay. 

The VTN already vetted thousands, people they know well.

Who better to vet? A bureaucrat perusing applications? Or Canadians these Afghans fought beside?

The clock’s ticking Trudeau. 

It’s about truth, duty and valour, right Garneau? Being a RMC graduate, did you forget that part? 

Get them out.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard
lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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SLOBODIAN: Canada dithers while girls get beheaded for playing volleyball

If Taliban thugs unleash demonic rage on a girl because she was involved in sports, imagine what awaits Afghans who helped Canadian soldiers — keeping many alive — during the 2001-2014 mission in Afghanistan.

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Mahjabin Hakimi was beheaded by the Taliban who then posted gruesome photos of her severed head on social media as a menacing warning to others. 

Why? The girl played volleyball.

Hakimi, a star player on the girls’ national team, was slaughtered in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul.

If Taliban thugs unleash demonic rage on a girl because she was involved in sports, imagine what awaits Afghans who helped Canadian soldiers — keeping many alive — during the 2001-2014 mission in Afghanistan.

Time is running out for 1,760 Afghan translators and their families who’ve been kept safe only because of an effort led by retired Canadian top military commanders and carried out by non-governmental agencies and others.

For courageously risking their lives, Afghans were promised refuge in Canada if needed. They remain indefinitely trapped, betrayed by the Trudeau government. 

Despite endless political platitudes and promises, it isn’t the government doggedly working to get them out. 

About 10,000 Afghans who helped Canadians, identified by the Veterans Transition Network (VTN), are targets of vengeful marauding medieval assassins hunting for them.

The VTN oversees the provision of emergency funds for shelter and support of the 1,760 during an agonizing wait for evacuation through the Afghanistan Strategic Evacuation Team comprised of Canadians and Afghans.

The $20,000 a day cost since the Taliban seized power in August when the U.S. pulled out, has been manageable due to private and corporate donations.

Funds are running out. The lifeline’s gone in two weeks. 

Aman Lara, a Canadian non-governmental organization, works closely with the VTN. 

Retired Canadian lieutenant-colonel Eleanor Taylor, who is chief of staff, notified the Afghans Friday: “Due to the complexity of the situation in Afghanistan, Aman Lara regretfully has to scale back accommodation support to Afghans in need of evacuation by November 5.

“We had expected that applications would be processed in a timely manner and evacuations would be swifter. Unfortunately, our ability to finance the accommodations has diminished and time has run out.”

Three retired major-generals — Dean Milner, Denis Thompson and David Fraser — have been working feverishly since July to evacuate these Afghans. They’re all former task-force commanders in Afghanistan.

On Friday, Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau assured Fraser the government is working on air charter evacuation flights to Pakistan and elsewhere and will investigate the problematic documentation process. 

He intends to pass along the VTN’s concerns to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino.

However, not much can be done until the October 26 cabinet shuffle, said Garneau. Then the new cabinet must settle in and Parliament won’t resume until November 22.

So, the federal government — and its cumbersome bureaucratic process that creates obstacles — continues along its useless path going nowhere.

Despite grand promises from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and cabinet ministers evacuation efforts are sluggish.

“They all keep saying they’re going to support us. When?” asked Milner.

Months ago, Trudeau pledged to resettle 40,000 Afghan refugees.

“Where are they coming from? Tell me. The Afghans that need to be supported are those in Afghanistan.”

The government claims it has evacuated 3,700 Afghans. 

“I think it’s over 3,000. Anything they said, I take it with exaggeration. No more than 20% were interpreters and their families,” said Milner.

That leaves embassy staff and Afghans already safe in other countries. 

“We don’t want the low-hanging fruit of other countries. The ones that did the work for us, that worked closely alongside us, are still stuck in miserable Afghanistan,” said Milner.

“We have over 10,000 Afghans in our group who still need to be evacuated. We’ve managed to bring a little over 300 through the border into Pakistan. We have a lot more to do,” said Milner.

That would include finding money to keep Afghans in safe houses. VTN asked the government for funding.

“We’ve been asking constantly. We’re getting support from many people. But the government still hasn’t bitten. They gave $1.7 million two weeks ago to keep us quiet. We couldn’t use that for safe houses. That was actually part of the policy.”

That money must be used to cover other expenses.

“That’s a drop in the bucket when you’re taking care of this many people. We’re paying to transport people across the country to Pakistan. We’re paying for buses. We’re paying for Afghans that are supporting us. We’re supporting a team trying to operationalize this and make it work. It doesn’t take much to eat up money.”

“Volunteers like me, I don’t need money,” said Milner.

Individual Canadians and “outstanding” companies like McCain Foods and Sobeys, donated nearly $3 million racked up in expenses so far.

“It has cost $20,000 a day since August for the safe houses. That’s not counting other life support and transportation costs.”

VTN is exploring ways to evacuate Afghans by land and on charter flights from Mazar-i-Sharif Airport, in Afghanistan’s fourth-largest city.

“We’d like to get going with charter air flights. The Taliban are now allowing flights into Afghanistan.”

But the $750,000 cost of one charter would “eat up” the safe house money left.

Why isn’t the government running charter flights?

No one’s flying out yet and the Taliban’s on the prowl. 

“There’s still an absolute danger. The Taliban are unpredictable. You can’t trust them. That’s why we fought them. Here they are now in power. They don’t like fun, they don’t like women, they don’t like school, they don’t like sporting activities.” 

“We get absolutely awful stories. We’re not going to stop until we get these Afghans out. We see it as a moral obligation. They supported us over there. They’re great people.”

TOMORROW: Truth Duty Valour vs. Trudeau’s broken promises.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard
lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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WAGNER: The left ignores growing support for Alberta independence at its peril

Angus Reid released its poll showing that over half of Albertans believed the province would be better off if it left Canada. Were those results just another Postmedia trick?

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A recent poll conducted by Mainstreet Research for the Western Standard showed new heights of support for Alberta independence. This demonstrates the movement is alive and not running out of steam. Just because the issue is out of the headlines for the moment does not mean it’s far from the thoughts of a great many Albertans.

The poll found 40% support for Alberta independence with 45% preferring to remain in Canada, and another 15% undecided. If the undecideds are removed, support for independence rises to 47% versus 53% for the status quo.  

Previous Mainstreet Research polls commissioned by the Western Standard showed growing — but demonstrably weaker — support for independence. A July 6, 2020 story entitled “Alberta leads the West in wanting independence” found only 20% of Albertans favouring independence. Another story from Jan. 13, 2021, “Third of Albertans & majority of UCP voters back Western independence, shyer about going it alone,” found 25% favouring Alberta independence if the province struck out on its own, but 36% support for an independent country comprising other Western provinces.

The polling results seem to indicate a growing trend of support for independence. That’s obviously good news for those favouring that option.

It seems, however, that Alberta’s progressives have a blind spot when it comes to acknowledging popular support for independence. This has been evident in recent years, even as Justin Trudeau has driven many Albertans into the sovereigntist camp.

With Trudeau aggressively preventing pipeline construction and resource development, support for independence gained considerable strength towards the end of 2018. Indeed, early in 2019, the Angus Reid Institute released its own poll indicating independence sentiment was quite strong in Alberta. The article reporting the results stated: “More than half Albertans (52%) say they believe the west would be better off if it left Canada.”

Yet, just a few weeks earlier, prominent leftist blogger Dave Cournoyer wrote, “Reading the pages of the Postmedia newspapers or the #ableg hashtag on Twitter you might believe that Albertans from roughneck Fort McMurray to trendy Kensington are calling for Independence and rising up in arms against their political overlords in Ottawa. Nope.”

He went on to state that “… it is difficult to believe there is any real appetite for Albertans to leave Canada, and the consequences that would follow.” And he assured his readers that “support for separation remains consistently low.” The occasional demand for Alberta independence, Cournoyer wrote, “is the political equivalent of a toddler’s temper tantrum.”

Shortly after Cournoyer’s piece appeared, another prominent leftist blogger, David Climenhaga, also downplayed the independence movement. Climenhaga’s unique contribution to the discussion is his claim the Alberta independence movement is a smoke-and-mirrors trick perpetrated by Toronto-based Postmedia.

Writing of the surge in support for independence towards the end of 2018, Climenhaga claimed that, “The whole thing was almost entirely ginned up in a couple of weeks by a parade of political commentators at Postmedia’s newspapers, basically providing background music for the campaign of United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney.” That is, Postmedia was trying to create a political climate to aid Jason Kenney in his dispute with Justin Trudeau.

Climenhaga went on to assure his readers that by the beginning of 2019, “the Alberta independence ‘threat’ will be fading into history, again, worth a chuckle or two, like Ur-Western-separatist Gordon Kesler, and taken seriously by almost nobody – or perhaps I should say, nobodies.” Apparently, in his view, only “nobodies” take Alberta independence seriously. That would probably mean a lot of Western Standard readers would be “nobodies” by Climenhaga’s standard – like Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables.”

His main point, though, was public controversy over Alberta independence was just a big show that had come to an end: “But the squall is over, folks. Watch for Postmedia to start backing away as soon as they start to realize how little traction this partisan claptrap has.”

Yet, just a few weeks after he wrote that, Angus Reid released its poll showing over half of Albertans believed the province would be better off if it left Canada. Were those results just another Postmedia trick?

Albertans had grievances with the federal government for generations. These grievances are accumulating and generating increasing discontent with the province’s place in Canada. The support for independence revealed by the new Western Standard poll reflects the unhappiness of many Albertans. They are beginning to realize the status quo is not going to change and the only positive alternative is for Alberta to leave Canada.

Nevertheless, progressives appear to be blind to the legitimate concerns of these Albertans and dismiss them as “nobodies” who are throwing a “temper tantrum.” If support for Alberta independence continues to grow, progressives may have to do more than simply demean its proponents.

The causes underlying growth in sovereignist sentiment are not going away and as a result, the movement is here to stay.

Michael Wagner is a Western Standard columnist

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