We Won, But What's Next
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.
We Did It!
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.
Will Alberta Vote Yes?
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:
Equalization Referendum Debate
Say Yes To End Equalization Presentation
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.
Equalization Referendum Is A Must Win
In July 2020, I was among a handful of prominent signatories of a letter directed to Premiers Jason Kenney of Alberta and Scott Moe of Saskatchewan, which stated that “constitutional change must happen within Confederation or a referendum on Alberta’s independence is an inevitability.”
Since then, another federal election has come and gone - yielding nearly identical results to the election we had two years ago, and there has been no constitutional change.
The Election That Forgot The West
As the 2021 Canadian federal election campaign comes to a close, we reflect on what looks likely to be yet another exercise in futility for Albertans.
Though the election result is, of course, not yet known, almost any possible result will leave Alberta in at least the same position it is now, if not worse.
With both the Liberals and New Democrats very much committed to the Great Reset, which aims to eliminate the use of fossil fuels as soon as possible, any scenario in which those two parties hold power – and act on those policies – would be very bad indeed for the west, and Alberta specifically.
Quebec Wins, The West Loses
Depending on how you define a debate, this year’s federal election campaign trail is set to include four debates over the next week.
On Sunday, the French language version of CBC, Radio-Canada, conducted back-to-back video interviews with each of the federal party leaders.
This will be followed tonight by another series of back-to-back video interviews, again in French, on TVA.
These will be joined by two traditional debates – one in French next Wednesday and one in English next Thursday – organized by the federal debates commission.
For those keeping track, that’s three debates held in French, and only one held in English, despite only one out of every four Canadians speaking French.
What This Election Means For Alberta
Earlier today, the federal government dropped the writ - officially beginning the 2021 federal election which will be held on September 20th.
While 36 days can be an eternity in politics and anything can happen, one thing is pretty much already guaranteed - Alberta will be largely ignored (or attacked) throughout the campaign, as political attentions shift to Ontario and Quebec.
That's because those two provinces are where 199 of the 338 seats in the House of Commons are located, and where the election will almost certainly be decided.
Earlier today, the provincial government confirmed that Albertans will be voting on a second provincial referendum this fall in conjunction with the municipal election!
In addition to the already-announced equalization referendum, the government have announced that Albertans will be voting on a second referendum question on... daylight savings.