I get it.
You should be mad.
It's time now, though, to figure out how to channel that anger to create a stronger Alberta.
I hope you had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year, and that you're having a great 2022 so far.
While our team managed to find a little time to rest, Project Confederation didn't slow down too much over the holidays - there's always plenty of work to be done!
In fact, I even had the honour of being featured in a National Post column addressing the frustrations that we all feel regarding our place in confederation.
The Alberta Legislature finished for the year on Tuesday and the theme of the session might as well have been "all talk, no action".
Despite wave after wave of relentless attacks from a hostile federal government in Ottawa, precious little progress has been made to stand up for Alberta.
Given Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government have their foot on the throat of our energy sector, a strong response from the provincial government should be expected, right?
Winston Churchill famously criticized appeasers, saying: "each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last."
His point was that repeated compromise that allows your opponent to repeatedly shift the goalposts only delays your inevitable demise, rather than preventing it.
If the federal government and environmental radicals are today's crocodiles, and Alberta's energy industry is the meat, why are we still feeding them?
Last week, the results of Alberta’s equalization referendum were released: 62% of Albertans voted “yes”, in favour of removing equalization from the constitution.
It appears the result has ruffled quite a few feathers in Laurentian Canada — the political, academic, cultural, media, and business elite of central Canada.
Despite claims from many that the referendum was irrelevant, there were at least three major events this week that suggest that central Canada is taking the threat much more seriously than they’re willing to admit publicly.
Today, Elections Alberta released the official results of the equalization referendum.
61.7% of Albertans voted yes, a clear majority on what is a vital constitutional question.
As we've said before, this was an absolutely essential victory in our fight for Alberta, and the west.
Of course, as we've also said before, this vote represents only the start of our journey, not the end.
On Monday, Albertans voted on the referendum question that we have been pushing for since Project Confederation was founded:
Should Section 36(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982 – Parliament and the government of Canada’s commitment to the principle of making equalization payments – be removed from the Constitution?
While the results won’t be officially declared until next Tuesday, most media outlets are projecting that the “yes” vote has won this referendum.
This is a huge victory, not just for us, but for all of you, and all of Alberta.
With just a few days left until the election, I was pleased to be invited on the "A Canadian Story" podcast today to talk about the equalization referendum, what happens in the event of a "yes" vote, and the impact of a "no" vote on the chances of Alberta successfully getting more independence - whether that be inside or outside of the country.
You can listen to the podcast now, here:
I was lucky enough to be invited to be a guest speaker at the Say Yes to End Equalization event.
I gave a presentation on behalf of Project Confederation outlining why we need to win this referendum with a substantial "yes" vote and to take the opportunity to talk about how Western alienation is not a new facet of political thought in Alberta.
I encourage you to read the text version of my presentation below, and we will post the video of the event on our website once it is available.