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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Paul Brandt inspires Wildrose Alliance leadership candidates

In a story in the Edmonton Journal by Trish Audette, Wildrose Alliance leadership candidates Danielle Smith and Mark Dyrholm both name Paul Brandt’s "Alberta Bound" as a source of inspiration.

Audette writes:

Both candidates reveal an admiration of Calgary country star Paul Brandt--each say "Alberta Bound" could stand as their campaign's theme song.

"Alberta Bound" is an interesting choice. The lyrics to the song reveal Brandt’s Alberta chauvinism, and perhaps even a desire for secession, something that lurks inside virtually all freedom-loving people in the province:

“Alberta Bound” by Paul Brandt

Yeah, I've got independence in my veins
    Maybe it's my down home redneck roots
Or these dusty old Alberta boots
    But like the chinook wind keeps coming back again
I'm Alberta bound

The Wildrose Alliance is a federalist party, of course. But, under outgoing leader Paul Hinman, the party has fiercely defended Alberta’s interests, even against the Harper Conservatives.

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by westernstandard on June 20, 2009 | Permalink

Comments

As much as I would like to see Alberta secede and become the 51st State, it is not the problem. Ontario is. Their arrogance, stupidity, sense of privilege and above all their racial bigotry have turned them into the main national unity problem. I say expel Ontario from Confederation - and all Ontarians in Alberta can go back home where they belong.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-06-21 8:49:58 AM


The Wildrose Alliance is a federalist party, of course.
Posted by Matthew Johnston

"We want to get more Albertans to not be afraid of talking about secession,........"

Wildrose VP of Policy Cory Morgan and Southern Zone Gauleiter

Morgan said instead of swinging for the out and out separation homerun, the Alliance should focus on setting the table for a future move towards independence in small and purposeful steps, such as taking care of the legal mechanisms that would be required in order for Albertans to engage in the historic vote.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-21 9:28:39 AM


Who is Paul Brandt?

Gordon Lightfoot wrote "Alberta Bound".

Zeb- Ontarians that moved to Alberta have made a serious contribution to the economy, and society. If they go home, we'll end up with thousands more temporary workers from war-torn countries. I'd rather see the province hit with locusts, the plague, mad cow disease, low oil prices, leprosy, global warming, nuclear winter, an ice age, forest fires, mudslides, rabid wolves, and giant frogs than put up with more lazy criminals.

Posted by: dp | 2009-06-21 9:41:48 AM


Who is Paul Brandt?
Posted by: dp | 2009-06-21 9:41:48 AM

According to Wikipedia his real name is Paul Rennee Belobersycky. Sounds like he's a bohunk.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Brandt

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-21 9:58:34 AM


Gordon Lightfoot wrote "Alberta Bound".
Posted by: dp | 2009-06-21 9:41:48 AM

Alberta's "national anthem" was written by someone from Ontario. Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-21 10:00:40 AM


Jesus, I held my nose, and watched the video. A fake Texas accent, a Goddam Japanese truck, a hundred windmills in every shot, and not a single oilwell. The Green Party should be inspired by this, not the Wildrose Alliance.

Posted by: dp | 2009-06-21 10:16:03 AM


Hmmm, where to start?
Alberta becoming the 51st stae would make secession pointless. Better the morons we have than "The Anointed One".

Canadian's migrating to Alberta are indeed preferrable to giant frogs and criminals who don't hold Canadian values.

Gordon Lightfoot is a Canadian Treasure, Paul Brandt should write his own stuff, and Alberta doesn't have a national anthem ...yet!.

I hate Japanese trucks with names like Sedona and Tacoma...when did those places become part of Japan? Still I'd own one before I'd buy anything from Government Motors Corp.

Posted by: The original JC | 2009-06-21 10:24:41 AM


and Alberta doesn't have a national anthem ...yet!.
Posted by: The original JC | 2009-06-21 10:24:41 AM

I read somewhere that Alberta was holding a vote to choose between "Alberta Bound" or the "Theme From Brokeback Mountain" as their "national anthem" What are the opinions of Albertans?

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-21 10:33:13 AM


You read no such thing...funny guy you are.

Posted by: The original JC | 2009-06-21 10:34:24 AM


I haven't heard the Brokeback Mountain theme. Could you find a link, so I can give it a listen?

Posted by: dp | 2009-06-21 10:35:05 AM


The "Alberta Bound" song written by Gordon Lightfoot is a totally different song. The only similarity in songs is that they both have the same name.

Posted by: MikeP | 2009-06-21 10:40:19 AM


Here's the real theme of most immigrants to Alberta.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br_KeK3nsWo&feature=related

Posted by: dp | 2009-06-21 10:47:23 AM


So, Mike, if he writes a country song called Stairway to Heaven, he isn't ripping off Led Zeppelin?

Posted by: dp | 2009-06-21 10:53:22 AM


dp "A fake Texas accent, a Goddam Japanese truck, a hundred windmills in every shot, and not a single oilwell."

Three strikes - this song is Ontario bound.

Posted by: tomax7 | 2009-06-21 10:56:05 AM


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAhHWpqPz9A&feature=related

Here's one titled "De La Rey" by Afrikaans singer Bok van Blerk for Ontario's white population.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-06-21 10:57:53 AM


tomax- I wonder if he was anywhere near Ian Tyson's ranch? That scenery was definitely southern foothills.

Speaking of Ian Tyson, why not use one of his classics? There's a true Albertan.

Posted by: dp | 2009-06-21 11:00:39 AM


Speaking of Ian Tyson, why not use one of his classics? There's a true Albertan.

Posted by: dp | 2009-06-21 11:00:39 AM


Four Strong Winds?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC50XxmgDCg

Posted by: The original JC | 2009-06-21 11:13:11 AM


Are these guys from Alberta?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byxtpZbtsHM

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-21 12:06:31 PM


I haven't heard the Brokeback Mountain theme. Could you find a link, so I can give it a listen?
Posted by: dp | 2009-06-21 10:35:05 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlvcJ0JzTcw

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-21 12:11:21 PM


Now music like this doesn't come out of Alberta. I doubt they'll run it in a theatre there, you'll have to wait for the DVD.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl9iS2egnC0

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-21 12:18:07 PM


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkNsEH1GD7Q&feature=related

Joan Baez singing "We Shall Overcome"

This is for all those struggling against white Ontario's oppression.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-06-21 12:25:41 PM


Stig- The brokeback mountain theme is actually pretty good, but not upbeat enough for a political theme.

Those dancers were pretty good too. No leather, or feathers. I think they're from the Okanogan Valley.

Since when is The Edge an Icon?

Posted by: dp | 2009-06-21 12:30:42 PM


Since when is The Edge an Icon?
Posted by: dp | 2009-06-21 12:30:42 PM

Since the guy making the movie says he is.

I have actually seen "It Might Get Loud" They are all good but Page is incredible.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-21 12:37:21 PM


I'm still waiting for
"Brokeback Mountain II :The Fur Traders"
That one I might go see. ;)

Posted by: The original JC | 2009-06-21 12:39:08 PM


Hey Zeb, here's one for any immigrant who's complaining about the way Canada treats them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa3h3pnhg8s

Posted by: dp | 2009-06-21 12:39:49 PM


dp: but what if they're not immigrants?

Here's one for those who can see into Alberta's future: California Dreamin, by the Mamas and the Papas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtVIhDgo_uU

And here's one special to me: Sweet Home Alabama

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHsDa9_HSlA

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-06-21 12:45:42 PM


Hey Punk, are you in this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9_JMw01uR0

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-21 12:47:32 PM


No I'm the guy in this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbUtL_0vAJk&feature=fvw

We shall overcome.

I know one thing we did right
Was the day we started to fight,
Keep your eye on the prize,
Hold on, hold on!

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-06-21 1:11:50 PM


No I'm the guy in this video.
Posted by: Zebulon Punk | 2009-06-21 1:11:50 PM

I guess you had to use a lot of this stuff in those days eh. Bwahahahahahahahaha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHo4UDCABUQ&feature=related

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-21 1:25:01 PM


I'd rather not criticize by race. My beef is with people from a few specific countries. I don't consider that racism, though many will accuse me of it. For the record, I don't give a shit what they think.

Alberta, for the most part, is pretty inclusive. Some areas in the southeast, and some in the foothills, are a bit narrow minded. Many Albertans have a low opinion of Aboriginals. All in all, the redneck image is a bit exaggerated.

The city I live in will never be a favourite destination for the typical immigrant. Most of our immigrants are British, South African, and Asian. Middle Eastern, and Africans don't hang around long. There's no mosque here.

Posted by: dp | 2009-06-21 1:52:17 PM


Non-whites in Toronto are the innocent victims of white bigotry, and all efforts must be used to redress their grievances. I mean employment quotas, affirmative action, and massive wealth transfer to support non-white projects. I also recommend the destruction of racial ghettos in Ontario to mix whites and non-whites in order to decrease racism. How about forbidding same-race marriages too.

But the best solution to Ontario is to destroy the place. It's the only way to be sure.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-06-21 2:35:16 PM


I live in Turner Valley, Alberta and I have never seen anti immigrant bigotry here. All Albertan's want is for you to work hard and you will do fine. The redneck reputation I think, comes from outside the province.
By the way dp, Paul Brandt has no need to steal from Gordon Lightfoot. He is a fine singer, songwriter and performer in his own right.

Posted by: MikeP | 2009-06-21 3:34:17 PM


I live in Turner Valley, Alberta and I have never seen anti immigrant bigotry here.
Posted by: MikeP | 2009-06-21 3:34:17 PM

The last census says Turner Valley has 1908 people. What do people do there? Are there any stores?

By the way dp, Paul Brandt has no need to steal from Gordon Lightfoot. He is a fine singer, songwriter and performer in his own right.
Posted by: MikeP | 2009-06-21 3:34:17 PM

He must be. His next show in Alberta which is a sell-out is in Coronation, AB. Geez I was thinking of going. BTW. Where is Coronation, AB?

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-21 4:13:38 PM


i listened to the tune.

...a typical boilerplate, slick, overproduced, formulaic, all-boots-no-cattle, waste of three and a half minutes.

did i miss it, or was there no sign of the industry that's so important to North America?

windmills? how pc can you get?

...or maybe i'm just a grouch with good musical taste...

Posted by: shel | 2009-06-21 4:32:03 PM


Stig; Re your Cory Morgan quote... You have a source? Cory's no longer the VP of policy and I think you may taken him out of context to begin with. Not sure if you were at the Wildrose AGM a couple of weeks back but the members voted overwhelmingly against including any sort of seperation policies into the Wildrose platform...

Posted by: Richard Evans | 2009-06-21 5:13:21 PM


Shel; Have you ever come up into AB through Sweetgrass? Whether you go west to Lethbridge or North to Taber, you can't miss the windmills. If you were lookin' for oil, watch the video again, and actually pay attention...

Posted by: Richard Evans | 2009-06-21 5:20:09 PM


Not sure if you were at the Wildrose AGM a couple of weeks back
Posted by: Richard Evans | 2009-06-21 5:13:21 PM

I live at least 1500 miles east of Alberta.

Cory's no longer the VP of policy
Posted by: Richard Evans | 2009-06-21 5:13:21 PM

You are indeed correct. He's Southern Area gauleiter now.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-21 5:27:39 PM


That would be Southern director actually.

Making Nazi comparisons shows how worthy of response your comments are Stig.

My stance on separatism is quite well documented in the book thet Mathew Johnston reviewed on this site recently.

The Wildrose Alliance Party is not separatist and as Evans pointed out, the party rejected that notion en-masse only a couple weeks ago at the AGM.

(I was strongly opposed to the party taking a separstist stance as well).

Posted by: C.Morgan | 2009-06-21 5:45:36 PM


~Richard

the only place in my province i haven't been is the area around Wood Buffalo Park.

...and yeah, your right. i must've blinked and missed that one tiny shot of the well amidst all the windmills.

those windmills are pretty and green. they make a good video for the girls. that's fine. we all have to make a living.

Posted by: shel | 2009-06-21 5:46:05 PM


(I was strongly opposed to the party taking a separstist stance as well).
Posted by: C.Morgan | 2009-06-21 5:45:36 PM

Weren't you one of the founders of the Alberta Independence Party and when it was dissolved joined the Separation Party of Alberta? Did you have an epiphany on the road to Damascus?

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-21 6:04:34 PM


Jesus, I held my nose, and watched the video.
Posted by: dp | 2009-06-21 10:16:03 AM

You won't hold your nose when you watch this. This is music. Paul Brandt is high school dance material.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTnzVp-KpEw

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-21 6:12:01 PM


"Weren't you one of the founders of the Alberta Independence Party and when it was dissolved joined the Separation Party of Alberta? Did you have an epiphany on the road to Damascus?"

Yes and yes. My current stance is well documented in many sources as I pointed out.

Now this is cleared up. Have you more Nazi comparisons to make?

Posted by: C.Morgan | 2009-06-21 6:18:32 PM


Yes and yes. My current stance is well documented in many sources as I pointed out.
Posted by: C.Morgan | 2009-06-21 6:18:32 PM

So Cory, how long has it been since you were no longer a separatist?

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-21 6:50:28 PM


"So Cory, how long has it been since you were no longer a separatist?"

I've been drinkin' beer with Cory for well over 4 years now and that whole time he's been splainin' to me why separation will never fly. He makes a good argument. Changed my mind actually, as I was a hard core separatist as well in the beginning...

"I live at least 1500 miles east of Alberta"

And as neither a member of the party, nor even an Albertain, we're supposed to take your pontifications on this issue seriously because why? Dude, I was at the meeting, I watched the whole separatism thing get shot down by the party members. Cory got up and spoke against separatism. I was running the freakin' video cameras! I have the freakin' tape!

I'll ask again... Have you got a source for your quote or are you just pulling stuff out of your butt?

Posted by: Richard Evans | 2009-06-21 7:55:34 PM


"...and yeah, your right. i must've blinked and missed that one tiny shot of the well amidst all the windmills. "

ummmhummm... You must have missed that drill rig and the coal mines as well...

Brandt's video was contextually accurate. Coming north from MT into AB, the only real landmarks are those freakin' windmills. Piss and moan all you want but the fact remains that they do exist as a part of the landscape...

Further, if you really knew anything about the natural resources of the province, you'd be bitching that they never showed any shots of compressor stations.

C'mon back when your head's not stuck up your ass...

Posted by: Richard Evans | 2009-06-21 8:09:19 PM


I'll ask again... Have you got a source for your quote or are you just pulling stuff out of your butt?
Posted by: Richard Evans | 2009-06-21 7:55:34

Morgan said that what the alliance needs to do now is redirect the rage away from a big step like complete separation from the country, and instead, focus on smaller incremental steps. This would include setting up legal mechanisms in the Alberta legislature that would allow for a future referendum on separation.
"We want to get more Albertans to not be afraid of talking about secession, and events like this can help push the dialogue forwards," said Morgan.

© 2007 The Mountaineer Publishing Company Limited.

http://rmh-mountaineer.awna.com/news-08/dec-9/westernrage.html

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-21 8:24:22 PM


ohhh, yeahhh...

there is a little rig shot (i keep blinking).

missed the coal mines, though (again).

you must love this video. ;)

Posted by: shel | 2009-06-21 8:25:08 PM


And as neither a member of the party, nor even an Albertain, we're supposed to take your pontifications on this issue seriously because why?
Posted by: Richard Evans | 2009-06-21 7:55:34 PM

Actually Evans I really couldn't give a shit what you folks in Alberta do.

I was running the freakin' video cameras! I have the freakin' tape!
Posted by: Richard Evans | 2009-06-21 7:55:34 PM

Well good for you. Put it up on Youtube then.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-21 8:43:04 PM


Shel; You're a dope. Come back when you're not so stupid.

Stig; Thanks for the link. I may be wrong but the last time I checked, that quote was out of context. I'll let Cory explain as he's found the thread... That aside, the Wildrose Alliance, as a grassroots party is one where party policy is adopted by a majority vote of it's members. How can you possibly assert that Morgan, even if he wanted to, could force policy on the majority? Not gonna happen Princess!

"Actually Evans I really couldn't give a shit what you folks in Alberta do. "

And yet you feel the need to comment... Why is that?

Here's my guess... I'd wager that you're the average Eastern pecksniff who's grown fat on Alberta largess and wants to maintain the status-quo in a vain attempt to retain your stature. Sorry mr trough swilling piggy but AB decisions will be made by Albertians, not you.

"Well good for you. Put it up on Youtube then"

They're kickin my ass trying to get this stuff out specifically to shut people like you the hell up!

Posted by: Richard Evans | 2009-06-21 9:07:31 PM


Here's my guess... I'd wager that you're the average Eastern pecksniff who's grown fat on Alberta largess and wants to maintain the status-quo in a vain attempt to retain your stature. Sorry mr trough swilling piggy but AB decisions will be made by Albertians, not you.
Posted by: Richard Evans | 2009-06-21 9:07:31 PM

Actually Evans my business/income are almost completely derived from the US and the UK. If you guys separated it would have little or no impact on me. I could just as easily do what I do in LA, London or Bermuda.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-21 9:20:14 PM



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