In the political world, history is sometimes known to repeat. Lessons forgotten are destined to be learned again and usually the hard way.
As with the tide of Quebec separation, the issue of West-East animosity tends to rise, crest, and then roll back through the decades. The infamous Peter Lougheed/Pierre Trudeau battle of the early 1980’s was the story the last time around, fueled by the energy-industry poison National Energy Program.
It was the era of a separatist MLA in Alberta’s Legislature. It was the time of Ralph Klein’s ‘creeps and bums’ shot at Eastern Canadians. It was the time when our parents lost their jobs and families lost their homes.
As always, time moves on and situations change. Even through the Stephen Harper years, the landscape was pretty much battle-free when it comes to the traditional grievances. The separatist movement in Alberta was contained to a few online sites, relegated to C-list conversation.
However, lately that buzz has been slowly but noticeably increasing in volume. Long-time Albertans who remember the NEP years see storm clouds gathering. Pierre’s son Justin is now the Prime Minister, and as illogical as it may seem, the potential damage to the West may now be even greater.
Whereas his father was unquestionably intelligent (this is where his danger was), son Justin lacks the experience and staunch ideological commitment his father possessed. And let’s face it: he isn’t the swiftest fox on the prairie.
In fact, there is a noticeable split when it comes to PM Mimbo McSelfie. Canadian and foreign left-wing media swoon, while serious media outlets question his penchant for public photo-ops, his government’s clear lack of work in their first term, and perhaps most dangerous, his snuggling up to the UN and international globalists like George Soros.
Whereas Pierre was strong in conviction even if his policies were disagreeable, Justin is weak and far-too-easily led.
We have elected an image-obsessed puppet.
Western Canadians should be aware of one of the few promises the Trudeau government has vowed to implement a national carbon tax….er, price. The ludicrous, ideologically-based tax can already be found in various forms at the provincial level, but that isn’t good enough to appease Trudeau’s green-based voting segment. The urge to appear 'environmentally friendly' is too strong to ignore.
Whether or not a federally-mandated carbon tax will become a legacy like the NEP is unknown. What can be anticipated is the effects on oil-producing provinces. The two policies may be wrapped in different language with different stated goals, but the end result to the West will be the same.
Spiking unemployment. Crushing debt. Broken families.
The fact Alberta currently has a socialist government in Edmonton adds another layer to the situation. Peter Lougheed’s legacy is partially built on his battle over the NEP. There is no conceivable way the same can be expected of the progressive Premier Rachel Notley.
It is imperative that Alberta begin building defences against the inevitable attack on our energy industry and, by extension, our families. It must begin at the provincial level, and must result in the removal of Notley and her band of environuts.
Alberta must strive to obtain what Saskatchewan currently enjoys with Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan party government: a leader who refuses to buy into the eco-scare and the feel-good programs which result in nothing but harm to his province.
Alberta needs true leadership to stand up and defend our province, and we need it quickly.
Those of us who lived through it the first time remember.