Alberta, unloved and twice rejected, was once the beloved crown jewel of Canada.
Alberta boasts rich agricultural land, seas of swaying prairie grass, a defunct dinosaur place, rugged majestic mountains with enormous peaks and vast underground pools of oil and bulging pockets of methane gas.
That last one though has recently highlighted what is perhaps Alberta's biggest problem: It's a landlocked province with no easy accessibility to ocean ports!
And two generations of the Trudeau family have used this defect to torture the province to no end, to the enormous pleasure of the Saudis. Alberta is clearly seaport challenged and of course, in a functional country, this would present more of an opportunity than a liability. Friendly business transactions could take place to move their valuable product to the port of Vancouver, to Texas, to the eastern regions of Canada, and from those destinations to the world at large. However, we Canadians are clearly living in a dysfunctional country, eh?
The senior Trudeau, Pierre Elliot was no raving fan of the west and the west was never seen worshippng swayingly, arms outstretched, at his besocked feet either, so if we're waiting eagerly for Trudeau the younger to make emotional outpourings of sympathy toward Alberta, I would suggest finding an amusing hobby of some kind.
All we can expect is some few words perhaps and a forced toothy grin from our well-haired leaderette.
Recently in fact, she was caught in, to be polite, what could be termed a bold-faced lie. Justin denied, in Parliament, ever saying that the current rising prices for gasoline are "exactly what we want" . And there was something else in that previously recorded speech about encouraging better behavior from Canadians. On that, Justin and I concur wholeheartedly! I definitely would prefer to see better behavior from all Canadians, especially from myself, along with all the rest of us, and the Prime Minister! Better behavior, better results and who would be stupid enough to argue with that? The question though, is just exactly what constitutes better behavior and there is going to be a lot of different opinions on that topic, my friend!
Can I be perfectly frank? No I cannot because that is not my name and i don't know any perfect franks anyway. Nevertheless, by this one statement, Justin has shown himself to be totally out of touch with the vast majority of Canadians. We live in a sprawling land; it is huge in fact! (Duckduckgo The Arrogant Worms: Canadas Really Big, if you don't believe me)
I spent two days just driving from my home in the southern yukon to near the community of Fort McPherson, near the Arctic coast! A magnificent drive! I loved it, but i digress. Zooming back as with a digital map, the two day trip didn't even put a scratch on Canada! Our friends and colleagues are separated by enormous distance, as are the products we consume daily. What makes the whole thing tick tock as well as it does is one simple thing: Energy, usually in the form of oil and gas. I smile when I see a tanker of fuel coming up the alaska highway because i know what it means! Our perhaps well-meaning, grinning PM obviously does not! And who will ultimately bear the burden of that willful ignorance?
I've often had the thought that business, all business in fact, should go on strike for just a week. I think some people inhabiting this fair land would have a different perspective on such trifles as "resources" and who brings them to their doorstep by the end of the seven days. (Hint: Its Not the Gov't of Canada)