Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Be Careful What You Ask For, Alberta
There's plenty of grumbling out of the oil patch these days, angry muttering about western separation. They're fed up with waiting for a pipeline to tidewater, something they pin on Justin Trudeau even though he's advanced the idea unlike his Tory predecessor, Steve 'Beelzebub' Harper, who did essentially squat.
The problem these would-be separatists have is that an independent Saskberta or Albersask would have even less clout with the real West, British Columbia, than those provinces have right now. No Ottawa, no federal cudgel to menace B.C. No Ottawa, no Canada to pick up the quarter-trillion dollar tab for Athabasca remediation when the Bitumen Barons pack up and steal away in the night.