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Albertans want clean political sweep — and a large number want a new country to live in

Since August, the proportion of Albertans who feel they would be “better off” as a country increased by 10 points to 38% — a significantly higher rate than even people in Quebec which now sits at 30%.

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Albertans are a very unhappy lot at the moment — most want a new premier and prime minister and nearly 40% of them want a new country to live in.

Those are the new poll results from a survey taken December 15-17 by Research Co.

Since August, the proportion of Albertans who feel they would be “better off” as a country increased by 10 points to 38% — a significantly higher rate than even people in Quebec which now sits at 30%.

“Separatist sentiment in Alberta is currently near the levels observed in December 2019 (40%),” said Mario Canseco, president of Research Co.

“Across the province, 16% of residents strongly agree with the idea they would be better off as an independent nation.”

And it’s not just the state of confederation Albertans are unhappy with — 73% say the province would be better if someone other than Premier Jason Kenney was in charge. That’s up five points since a similar Research Co. poll conducted in August.

Another 65% of Albertans say they are fed up with Justin Trudeau and want a new prime minister.

Criticism of the current prime minister is strongest in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba (56%) and British Columbia (53%), followed by Ontario (49%), Quebec (42%) and Atlantic Canada (38%).  

Across the country, 51% of Canadians think their province would be better off with a different premier. A total of 36% disagree and 15% are undecided.

Along with Kenney, Ontario Premier Doug Ford also scored poorly with 57% of residents there saying he should find a new job. John Horgan is doing better in BC with only 35% of people wanting him out of office.

“Just under one-in-five Canadians (18%) believe their province would be better off joining the United States and becoming an American state — a proportion that rises to 25% in Alberta and 24% in Quebec,” said pollsters.

 The poll was based on an online study conducted among 1,000 adults in Canada. The margin of error is +/- 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.

You can find Research Co. data tables here.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Andrew A

    December 31, 2021 at 1:56 am

    Economically, Alberta has never had anything to gain from being in Canada; we would have done better to insist on being ruled by the British Colonial Office rather than becoming a colony of Ottawa. The only thing connecting Alberta to the ROC is a remnant of a common cultural heritage which the Liberals are very busily destroying. The odd fact is that Trudeau is doing more for Western separation than Hinman ever could.

  2. Left Coast

    December 30, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    @ Kelly Carter

    Reality is Kelly that States in the USA have far more freedom from the Feds than do us dumb Canooks. If you have been paying attention, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, South Dakota and numerous other Republican States are pretty much NORMAL today. While the Demokkkrat States are much like ALL of Canada. NY & California being the worst.

    The US Constitution limits the powers of the Federal Govt. which is why the Supremes will flush Biden’s mandates. The US Presidents powers are limited to things of National interest like Border Security, Defence, Foreign Affairs etc.

    A friends son just moved himself & his family to Oklahoma from the Lower Mainland . . . he has only been there a week and already luving the “Normal”.

    Canada Premiers are a colossal joke . . . petty tyrants without a clue. Contrast them to Gov. DeSantis who has had Florida open for business since August 2020. Today the Senile President is trying to stop from getting more Monoclonal Antibodies for Florida Clinics.

  3. Mookster

    December 30, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    We are definitely becoming a fascist state, which is a marriage between govt. and those private institutions that bed with it.
    Maxine has it absolutely right, Trudeau is a fascist psychopath. In my nearly 70 years as a happy and proud Canadian I’ve never heard such hateful and divisive language from any politician, let alone a Prime Minister. Let’s face it, this idiot got elected because of his name, youthful looks, promise to legalize pot, and numerous lies to indigenous and other immigrant groups.

    Canadians are known worldwide as ‘nice’ people. Look up the Latin origins of the word nice, they are nescius ‘ignorant’, from nescire ‘unaware’. Need I say more?
    One of our greatest shortcomings is many peoples ignorance of history, as it is certainly repeating itself. There is no shortage of documentaries outlining what took place in Nazi Germany in the 1930’s, how the Nazi’s came to power, how the German population was deceived and bought into their charismatic leader’s rants. The parallels are so obvious if you just look, and we all know where Hitler and Stalin took their own people, no less the Jews.

    Look at Argentina’s fall in the last 100 years, from global leading economy and society to impoverished suffering. It is happening today in Canada and the USA.
    Socialism, fascism, communism, they don’t work, the leaders abuse and profit, the people lose and suffer in serfdom.

    Wake up Canada, wake the f— up! You only have one choice on the people’s side supporting our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and that’s Maxine’s People’s Party of Canada! Wake up Alberta, wake the f— up! You only have one choice supporting Alberta over the Laurentian elites and prepared to stand against fascist Justin Waterhole, and that’s Hinman’s Wildrose Party of Alberta!
    ps: as a fascist leader JT should meet the same demise as Mussolini!
    pps: to my fellow Canadians, if you voted for JT Castro the first time, you were a fool. If you voted for him the second time, you were an idiot. If you voted for him the third time you must have been bought, drunk, or on bad drugs. If you vote for him again, you obviously hate what Canada has always stood for!

  4. GreatWhite

    December 30, 2021 at 7:27 am

    While Albertans might want a change I certainly do not want Notley in Power. The province would go form bad to worse. We need a good credible alternative which I just do not see so far.
    The MSM will push for Notley.

  5. Kelly Carter

    December 29, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    I am all for separation, but we have to go it alone or with other provinces who want to join. Anyone thinking we would be better off as part of the USA needs their head examined. Thier politics are horrible and Biden is FAR worse than Trudeau, and they are also moving down the same idiotic ideological pathway as Canada. We would be jumping from the boiling pot into the fire.

  6. Illusion

    December 29, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    See below link for Research Co poll referenced in article:

    https://researchco.ca/2021/12/28/unity-canada/

    The growth in support year-on-year is a good sign but we still have a long ways to go. In terms of the “Strongly Support” and “Strongly Oppose” numbers in the polls data tables, 35%-16% still oppose separation which is more than a 2:1 ratio. These numbers will need to be reversed for their to be enough public pressure (in my opinion) to actually make separation politically viable. Don’t forget that we haven’t even got to the point yet where Trudeau will likely send in troops to quash rebellion like what Spain did in Catalonia which will truly test the mettle of the public’s resolve to be free. Nevertheless, the trend is moving in the right direction and that is good news.

  7. Dominic Ieraci

    December 29, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    tie trudeau and kenney to a fridge and throw it off the lion’s gate bridge

  8. Peter No

    December 29, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    The question is, what those unhappy albertans are going TO DO to live in a new province or even new country? I suspect half of them will not lift their asses from the couch even to go to vote. And a protest or fight for freedom – forget about that, it is so un-canadian.

  9. Dennis

    December 29, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    Ben Wilson,
    Thoughtful comment but my question for your proposal,
    Which party do you think will accomplish any or all of your proposals?
    The UCP spent a fortune on a panel to travel the province and ask albertans what THEY wanted. At the end of the day and MANY months later the results of that panel were made public. Pretty much what you promote is what was in the panel report. The NDP of course, we know exactly what they stand for and it ain’t good.
    Did the UCP implement ANY of the panel recommendations? The answer, as you must know was NOTHING. Why? COVID of course. The whole province was thrown into lockdown and fear over a virus that doesn’t even effect 1% of the population. I could go on and on here but suffice it to say neither the UCP or NDP are really about leadership or Alberta and standing up to Ottawa. There is ONE and only one party that has a real plan to bring Alberta back from the garbage pile and THEN hold a referendum to ask Albertans if they choose to stay in confederation or go.
    I suggest you and all other doubters take a serious look at wildrosenation.com and then decide if you wan to continue to vote for the same old that we have seen for decades in Alberta, or, do you want to vote for a party that proposes to put our affairs in order, be 100% accountable to the voters and then, hold a referendum to the voters to stay or go. Albertans have to get out their eyewash, take a clear look at where we are at, and go to the polls in 2023 with the mindset of voting for what is RIGHT for Alberta and not just to vote AGAINST one or another. That mindset has gotten us into this mess and we have to change that!

  10. wade stoddard

    December 29, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    Wow did I see a reason or two not to get representation from the Solicitors of the year in Ottawa?? Turds-in-a-reau, Kenney, Hinshaw, Freeland & Ford??? Wonder if I got the correct Pronouns?

  11. Patricia Seddon

    December 29, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    While I was not polled I am certainly one of those who want a clean sweep and a new country. I dont think Alberta is the only place that may be feeling this way. Globally the elite who run the world need to be flushed out and replaced by others who truly represent the people.
    I would like to see UPC replaced by a new conservative government that can tackle todays issues for the constituents. That does not mean a return to Ralph politics.. that will never work again, but it means a government that will work in the best interests of the taxpayer and still allow for rights and freedom.

  12. Ben Wilson

    December 29, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    The real problem is Ottawa is too powerful. The Global Elites just want Centralized governments. They want Ottawa and Washington and the EU to have all the power. This makes it easy to control the people with just one corrupt government, like the Liberals. Yes separation is an option, but that is a very hard thing to sell to 51%. A easier solution is, let’s just make provinces more powerful.
    Each Province should:
    1. Have their own gun laws.
    2. Collect their own taxes. (10,000 jobs move out of Ottawa)
    3. Have their own police force.
    4. Control their own economy.
    5. Create their own constitution.
    6. Create their own Civil Defence.
    7. . Just take all powers away from Ottawa. Ottawa should be 1/10 the size it is today.

    The Fair deal panel has outlined how to increase the power of provinces. We need to start moving on these recommendations faster.

  13. Barbara

    December 29, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    Christmas Wishes from Paul Hinman on Twitter

    Paul Hinman
    @PaulHinmanWIPA
    ·
    Dec 24
    Whether you are lucky enough to be surrounded by family and friends or if you are spending Christmas alone, this is a holiday of hope and redemption for us all.

    On behalf of my family and the whole Wildrose Nation, I wish you a very blessed and merry Christmas, everyone.

    And to you Paul

  14. Dennis

    December 29, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    This RBC action should be a clear warning that Alberta needs to get out from under the eastern elites.

    https://youtu.be/7bn032TSsps

  15. Stew James

    December 29, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Western Standard, Dave Naylor, hey Dave when posting articles like this please include where you obtained your stats from. If not then we become like our governments and just throw out numbers without back up, that’s journalism showing the proof.

    Personally, I feel that percentage at this point in time is swelling to much greater numbers…we can only hope.

  16. Baron Not Baron

    December 29, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    WIPA.

  17. Stew James

    December 29, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Wildrose party is our only hope, nothing less will do! Our future and our childrens futures are at stake here. People don’t understand that at this point in time we have moved from 45% of your earnings to beyond 65% goes to the federal govt in the form of taxes… hey dipshits, you now work for the federal govt! This is only the beginning and separation is our only direction forward!

  18. Catherine Smith

    December 29, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    yes I highly recommend From Democracy to Judicial Dictatorship in Canada by C. Gwendolyn Landolt which can be purchased at REAL Women of Canada website.

  19. Barbara

    December 29, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    Wildrose, Wildrose Wildrose

  20. Liane Boeckx

    December 29, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    3 must reads in order to make an informed Decision
    1. No Other Option Self-Determination for ALBERTA by Michael Wagner 2. Moment of Truth How to think about Alberta’s Future by Jack Mintz, Ted Morton & Tom Flanagan
    3. From Democracy to Judicial Dictatorship in Canada: The Untold Story of the Charter of Rights by C. Gwendolyn Landolt, Douglas Alderson & Patrick Redmond

  21. Eldon

    December 29, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Good article Dave! Wildrose Independence Party is our only hope. Paul Hinman is a solid man and would be a great leader. He is Alberta’s Ron DeSantos of Florida.
    Independence all the way or we are toast!

  22. Andrew Red Deer

    December 29, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Please please please get this number to 51% and lets get the heck out of Dodge….

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“We felt that AHS was a bloated, underperforming entity that requires transformation,” said Guthrie.

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“We must endeavour to generate confidence, not fear,” said Guthrie encouraging people to share their ideas and thoughts on how to improve Alberta’s healthcare system.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
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“As we continue to navigate the unpredictability of the Omicron variant on our staffing levels, along with the ongoing barriers to international travel, we are making every effort to proactively manage our schedule in order to minimize disruption to our guests’ travel plans,” said President & CEO Harry Taylor in a press release. 

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Ewa Sudyk is a reporter for the Western Standard
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