WEST WANTS IN

Calgary Sun - - COMMENT -

Re: Grits’ en­ergy pol­icy cre­at­ing rifts. Lorne Gunter re­minds us all of the east­ern sen­ti­ment of, “Screw the west, we’ll take the rest”. Trudeau’s lat­est be­hav­iour to­wards west­ern in­dus­try and fi­nance tells us all yet again that west­ern­ers are not full and equal Cana­di­ans. Have we ever been? We may think we are out here, but it is a vastly dif­fer­ent at­ti­tude and re­al­ity down east. They think that they own us and that we are serfs to be used and abused as they see fit. Since this treat­ment is toxic and chronic, per­haps we should de­clare our­selves an in­de­pen­dent en­tity from their con­trol and usurpa­tions? Look at what they are do­ing to Al­berta’s oil and gas in­dus­try out of spite. He promised a pipe­line and cre­ated sev­eral ob­sta­cles that en­sure it won’t be built. The treat­ment of the west was done in bad faith. Trudeau has no in­ten­tion of let­ting pipe­lines or any other oil and gas busi­ness thrive, de­spite his prom­ises to do so. Then we find out he has cre­ated even more ob­sta­cles to West­ern Cana­dian in­ter­ests. What elec­tion prom­ise has he ac­tu­ally kept? Bad faith! It’s time we all had a se­ri­ous con­ver­sa­tion about why we are not full and equal Cana­di­ans. Do full and equal Cana­di­ans do this sort of thing to other full and equal Cana­di­ans? And re­peat­edly over decades? It’s time we ad­mit­ted some dif­fi­cult truths about where we ac­tu­ally stand in Con­fed­er­a­tion and this sort of treach­ery is al­lowed to pass for fair treat­ment.

MIKE ROEBUCK (We can stand proud de­spite the set­backs.)

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