The right way

I see in an article by Andy Blatchford of the Canadian Press, published in the Globe and Mail, that “Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says there’s a “compelling case” to be made for his province to exit the half-century-old Canada Pension Plan – an idea sure to face increasing scrutiny over the coming months … [because] … With growing frustrations in his province about its place in the federation, Kenney has revealed that a deeper analysis is on the way to consider Alberta’s potential withdrawal from the national pension plan … [and that] … move, if it goes forward, would pull Albertans’ multibillion-dollar share from the $400-billion pool of assets that are handled by the investment manager, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board … [further] … The proposed departure, Kenney said, will be examined by a panel his government intends to create as a way to assess “fairness” for Alberta within the federation.

It harks back to the famous “firewall letter” written in the year 2000, by Stephen Harper and Professor Tom Flanagan and others …

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… to then Alberta Premier Ralph Klein which encouraged him to be more like Québec, to be, in other words, “Maîtres chez nousor, I suppose, maîtres chez eux for we outsiders. The time was not ripe then … it may be now.

Western Canadians have a right to feel outraged at the kind of Canada that the Laurentian Elites have foisted upon us all, but threats of separation are the wrong answer. Most Western Canadians are proud of being Canadians, first, and Westerners second. They object to being used as a cash cow by Eastern Canada and then ignored when they have problems.

Stephen Harper was prescient: the “firewall” was, in 2000, the right way to go; it is an even better idea, today. Canada was never conceived as a “melting pot.” The idea of keeping Québec as a “nation” within a state saw to that. Since Québec must be allowed to be “maîtres chez eux” then the same right must be available to all the others, from British Columbia through Nunavut to Newfoundland and Labrador.

The firewall, not Wexit is the right way to go.

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