THE MANY WA YS ALBERTA IS, IN FAC T, A SOCIALIST PARA DISE
Think Alberta is all free-market mayhem? Think again
>>> Alberta has a reputation for rampant individualism and free market excess, a place where cowboys drill holes in the ground and make off like bandits. It should surprise a lot of people to know the other side of the story, about the deep-rooted community movements that have propelled this province and continue to do so. There is and has always been a thriving co-operative movement, led by the United Farmers of Alberta, which governed the province from 1921 to 1935 and remains a commercial force throughout the province. There are dozens of credit unions in the province – the largest being Servus Credit Union, the second largest in the country. And the people, through their government, own the province’s dominant bank, ATB Financial, causing its free-market competitors to frequently call foul. Herewith, further evidence that Marx’s dream is alive and well in Alberta.