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Real Equality For Provinces

 

 

Last week I wrote to you all about how some provinces are more equal than others when it comes to seats in the House of Commons.

You can refer back to last week's email for the full details, but here's a quick summary:


All Provinces Are Equal, But Some Provinces Are More Equal Than Others

 

 

In the most up-to-date Canadian census data, Quebec's population increased, but it increased more slowly than the rest of the country, meaning Quebec now makes up a smaller share of the total Canadian population.

Who cares about a slightly slower rate of increase in population, you might ask?

Well, politicians in Quebec really do, because a province's population is the primary thing that determines how many seats it gets in the House of Commons, and Quebec's drop in share of population means mathematically it will lose a seat in the next Parliament.


A Fair Deal Includes Energy Security

Energy security.

It's a concept that has been ignored by many - including our federal government in Ottawa - for far too long.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has suddenly helped the world realize what's been obvious to many Albertans for a long time - we still need oil and gas!


It's Time To Channel Our Anger

 

 

You're mad.

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.


New Year Update 2022

 

 

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.


All Talk, No Action

 

 

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?


Time To Stop Appeasing Activists

 

 

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?


The Laurentians Prepare For War On Alberta

 

 

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.


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.