Tuesday, July 31, 2012
They Bought Manhattan. They Bought Louisiana. They Bought Alasaka. Just a Thought.
What would the Americans give Canada for Alberta? Let's say everything east of the Rockies to the Saskatchewan border and everything from the north end of the Athabasca tar fields down to the U.S. border. Yep, Edmonton and Calgary are included in the package. And if the Americans didn't offer enough, invite bids from the Chinese. The Americans would pay anything to keep that from happening.
Look at it this way. Albertans are far and away the closest bunch we have to Americans anywhere in Canada. Overall they're rude and crude and oh so fond of conspicuous consumption. They've got a bounty of bible thumpers and bigots (collectively known as the Reform Party). Albertans seem tailor-made for FOX News and Rush Limbaugh. Of course there are plenty of exceptions and they might want to relocate to stay in Canada but they could sell out to incoming Americans.
And America has had a greedy eye on the tar sands. Why Dick Cheney eerily called them "ours." All we'd be doing is formalizing the deal on a cash basis. The U.S. could even put up one of those walls like they have along their Mexican border to keep Canadians out (and Albertans in). We could even split the cost of something like that.
It would solve a lot of problems. There'd be no pipelines to fuel Chinese communism, that's for sure. The British Columbia interior and coast would be spared Alberta's depredations. The Americans would finally have what they've longed for - real energy security, freedom from those damned Arabs. And, quite frankly, I'd trust the American EPA to keep an eye on those tailing ponds and carbon emissions over the Alberta government's see no evil/speak no evil/hear no evil environmentalism any day. It'd cure the Dutch Disease and allow our manufacturing base to recover under a realistically valued Loonie.
And Steve Harper might take that as his cue to di di mau back to Calgary to run for governor of the 51st State of the Union.
This is like win-win all around. No?