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Constitutional reform or Alberta Separation is inevitable

It’s time for Premier Jason Kenney to demand that Prime Minister Trudeau open the constitution to correct the inadequacies of unfair equalization, unfair economic policy practices and electoral misrepresentation of Alberta within Confederation.

It is imperative that this be done within a twelve month period or less otherwise Alberta will be forced to begin the process of separation. Trudeau can no longer ignore the simmering, often volatile feelings of anger, frustration and disappointment that have been foisted on Albertans for far too long.

During a recent visit to northeastern British Columbia, the destruction of our resource industries was painfully obvious with once thriving businesses closed, buildings for lease, sale or rent, compounds full of unused equipment, half empty restaurants and hotels all along highways 22 and 43 from Cochrane through Grande Prairie to Ft. St. John.

With the insidious support of our former NDP premier and the Quebec and BC governments, Trudeau cancelled pipeline projects, nationalized Kinder Morgan, and brought legislation with Bills C-48 and C-69 supported by an unpatriotic senate, all of which have literally destroyed the golden goose that provides the tax revenue supporting Canada’s social services. Then during his trip to the Calgary Stampede in 2019 Trudeau told us disingenuously, dishonourably and shamelessly, “it’s important for Canada to be there for Alberta and we’re working hard on that. We will continue putting Alberta’s interests at the heart of everything we do”.

Do Canadians not see the enormity of this monstrous lie? To do what Trudeau did and then tell us he’s helping Alberta is the epitome of the disgraceful actions of a man with absolutely no conscience. What Trudeau has done is nothing less than the elimination of Western Canada’s economic potential while damaging the entire country's economy.

Even since his re-election in 2019 Trudeau policies have continued the destruction of Alberta’s economy while he appeases his Laurentian base in Eastern Canada. While Alberta oil is landlocked as a direct result of Bills C-48 and C-69, Canada continues to import 750,000 barrels every day, 165,000 of which is blood oil from Saudi Arabia and Nigeria and Canada’s minister of environment and climate change refused to explain why Trudeau’s government does not enforce its environmental rules to the exporters of foreign oil to Canada. Furthermore, the Irving Oil Refinery announced that it has dropped its pledge to cut its emissions by 17 per cent knowing that Ottawa will not enforce compliance.

According to a recent report in the C2C Journal, some $246 billion dollars in investment has disappeared from Canada, most of it from Alberta. Between 2014 and 2017, Alberta’s private sector has lost almost 200,000 jobs, most in the energy sector with provincial unemployment close to 7 per cent. In November 2019 alone 71,200 jobs were lost in Canada many in Alberta while at the same time, 260,000 jobs were created in the US, many of which were filled by Canadians who have left the sinking ship of Trudeau's Canada. Meanwhile, many Albertans are working as many as three part-time jobs while using food banks to stay alive. In November, in Calgary alone seven more homes were abandoned and at last count some 112 homes have had mortgages foreclosed.

Furthermore, as a direct result of Trudeau’s intentional destruction of Alberta’s economy hundreds of family businesses have gone bankrupt or closed the doors, hundreds of homes have been lost, suicides are becoming commonplace because dozens of desperate Albertans could not cope with the willful economic neglect of the Liberal government. Dozens of energy companies have moved operations to the booming economy of America and many others in financial difficulty have been de-listed by the Toronto Stock exchange. Trudeau merely shrugs at these conditions while continuing his rape of Alberta, which will be disastrous for many families after the imposition of an unnecessary, ineffective carbon tax. This will only be resolved when Alberta becomes an independent republic.

- L (Tex) Leugner