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Monday, December 04, 2006
Dion Strikes Oil
An article in the Monday, 4 December 06, Edmonton Sun with the same title as this post, by Alan Findlay – National Bureau, disturbs me. Perhaps it is only me becoming paranoid in my dotage but try this quote on for size “The former environment minister said yesterday he wants to find a way to make Alberta’s oil production sustainable so it can continue to make ‘megatonnes of money’ “. In other words Alberta should not be trusted to manage the resources that belong to the province since the early nineteen thirties but the federal government should step in, to not only manage them, but inevitably skim off all the profits so they can be put to better use elsewhere in Canada. This is followed later in the piece by “Certainly it will mean revisiting the tax system, but not to put (sic) the money out of Alberta – to help Alberta save their water, to save their development, to avoid acid rain, to reconcile agriculture and (the) oil industry”.
Peter Linder, who runs the Delta One Energy Fund in Calgary, is quoted as follows “ They don’t want to kill the golden goose…they might just pluck a few feathers”. Is that how he wants Ottawa to view Alberta, a goose ready for plucking? He must be a recent transplant to Alberta still thinking as an Ontarian or Quebecer who thinks that central Canada deserves the lion’s share of wealth created in Alberta.
This sort of warped thinking is what our newly minted Premier is going to be faced with. He must find a way to counteract it and stand up for Alberta and Albertans.
Posted by Bob Wood on December 4, 2006 | Permalink
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Well Bob, we can only hope that Ed Stelmach will stand up to the Feds should the libs get in after the next election. If he doesnt, Albertans wasted an opportunity to elect as leader, a man who would.
It amazes me that the fear factor actually persuaded Albertans not to go for Morton. I kept getting emails last week from the Citizens Centre that Albertans wouldnt fall for that, but, it seems, they did.
Posted by: MikeP | 2006-12-04 8:02:35 PM
[QUOTE] In other words Alberta should not be trusted to manage the resources that belong to the province since the early nineteen thirties but the federal government should step in, to not only manage them, but inevitably skim off all the profits so they can be put to better use elsewhere in Canada. [UNQUOTE]
In other words, it has already been determined that the oil lying underneath Alberta should be a nationalized resource and the profits derived from it must be redistributed, commie style, through the agency of government welfare programs and make-work projects. The only argument is which gang of politicians and bureaucrats get to control how much of the loot, and how far away from its source the wealth will be strewn in order to buy elections.
Posted by: Justzumgai | 2006-12-04 9:08:18 PM
He obviously understands Albertans about as well as Ignatieff understood the Quebecois.
If he really did make that statement,immediately after gaining leadership of the LPC,then he has already ousted himself to be the liberal old-guard hack I feared he may be.
By the way...Dion...Day 2
Attacks on conservatives....32
Fresh ideas promoted........0
Posted by: Canadian Observer | 2006-12-04 9:59:26 PM
There are many reasons Dion will be a very, very formidable leader of the Liberal Party.
His attitude toward "the West" is not one of them. He's been trouble for the western provinces ever since he was Intergov Minister.
Posted by: D.J. McGuire | 2006-12-04 10:08:47 PM
What an absurdly partisan reading.
Your "In other words", doesn't bear any resemblance to what Dion actually said.
If anybody but a Liberal had said that they want to ensure that Alberta makes "meagtonnes of money" we would all be jumping for joy. When he says it, you fabricate ulterior motives.
There is enough to slam Dion for on the things he has actually done (and not done) without having to make things up.
Posted by: bob | 2006-12-05 1:05:36 AM
What makes you Abertans believe that the oil found on (under) someone else's property belongs to you?
Posted by: Johan i Kanada | 2006-12-05 2:57:59 AM
There is a perception Quebecers do not work hard enough, Lucien Bouchard said so recently as well. Alberta having to pay equalization to people who don't want to work is not too popular with them or anyone else. Quebec does not have to be a have-not province given it's resources.
Choosing another Quebecer as leader does not bode well in Western provinces. However, if the Liberals can con enough voters in Ontario and Quebec and their usual "dependents" in the East they don't really care a damn about the West.
Harper is from the West, he's "scary" according to the Libranos. Well let's get out of the gate on Dion and call him scary right off , put them on the defensive and keep them there.
Beware, the Snake Oil Salesmen cometh, hunger for power knows no bounds.
Posted by: Liz J | 2006-12-05 6:55:56 AM
'Steady' Eddie Stelmach has already begun posturing saying, ""They're going to be dealing with me," he said to the applause of his MLAs at a packed news conference at the legislature yesterday.
Well whoop de doo. Stelmach is all bark and no teeth. He ran against the firewall strategy to get elected and now he's just a poseur just like Ralph Klein.
Posted by: Speller | 2006-12-05 8:17:41 AM
Alberta selfishly holding all the wealth, and this wealth coming from something that threatens the every human on earth, oil. The best outcome would be the imeadiate hault to Tar Sand developement. Save the environment and stick to Alberta? What more could the rest of Canada ask for?
Posted by: Stones | 2006-12-06 6:22:59 AM
Good observation "ebt".
We have no worries on the Environment front with the combined forces of Layton and Dion, both EXPERTS in the field. They'll put the Greenies out of business and the rest of the country as well.
Posted by: Liz J | 2006-12-06 6:50:04 AM
Just a little thing called the constitution act.
Perhaps you and Johan can get a little posse together, come out here and take what you feel is rightfully yours.
A word to the wise though, Albertans did not bend over and let your fascist government take away our guns.
It's what sets us apart from sheep like you.
Posted by: deepblue | 2006-12-06 7:24:19 AM
Posted by: Brent Weston | 2006-12-06 7:55:09 AM
Thanks for adding the link BW.
Posted by: deepblue | 2006-12-06 8:05:05 AM
Note section 92A Paragraph (b):
(b) development, conservation and management of non-renewable natural resources and forestry resources in the province, including laws in relation to the rate of primary production therefrom; and
This is what Dion intends to attack, does he.....??
Posted by: Brent Weston | 2006-12-06 8:10:23 AM
As Trudeau has proven before, the Lib's would think nothing of trying to circumvent the constitution, or just flat out ignore it.
I would think with the political climate these days, they would do so at great peril.
First the selling out to Quebec, then the proposed forced application of a Toronto style values system on an unwilling country, and now a direct attack on Alberta.
The lib's will not be happy till their legacy is the breakup of this country.
Bring it on.
Posted by: deepblue | 2006-12-06 8:30:30 AM
First the selling out to Quebec"
The Liberals selling out to Quebec? What about Heir Fuck-face Mr. Stephan "I am afraid of everything different so now I'm going to make illegal." Harper? He's the idiot who made Quebec "a nation within a nation". He's the blinde fool whos tarring up this country fabric and selling us out to the US.
Posted by: Stones | 2006-12-06 7:37:44 PM
"The Liberals selling out to Quebec? What about Heir Fuck-face Mr. Stephan "I am afraid of everything different so now I'm going to make illegal." Harper? He's the idiot who made Quebec "a nation within a nation". He's the blinde fool whos tarring up this country fabric and selling us out to the US. "
Wait a minute! Wouldn't selling us out to the US qualify as something different?
Wouldn't making Quebec a nation within a nation qualify as something different?
Maybe he's not as afraid as you think? Or is it you who are now afraid of something different.
Actually, if Harper does sell us out to the US, then Quebec will be a nation within a nation with still another nation.
How cool is that?
Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2006-12-06 7:44:05 PM
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