As a one time Conservative Riding secretary and of an age greater than 95% of Canadians I offer this glimpse into our past.
The Liberals built Canada with little interruption to their base until 1909 to 1937 in which case the American Republicans working through the Mormon Church, helped them establish “The United Farmers of Alberta” This party morphed itself into the Veterans and Active force, 1944 to 1948, again the US Republicans were fully involved.
This morphed into the Conservatives which found a hard landing after Diefenbaker and the Avro-Arrow. (You now know the reason Diefenbaker scrapped the Arrow in Canada allowing the US to take up the design and ordered the only prototype of the Aero destroyed.) and, Harper sold off the Canadian Wheat Board to US interest in leaving office.
They again morphed into the Progressive Conservatives. This party was started by Peter Lougheed and company. Peter broke away from the Republicans, in fact, took on US oil interests in Alberta in the much-maligned NATIONAL ENERGY PROGRAM. Peter became the most popular Premier not only of Alberta but, all of Canada.
A world recession stepped in and interest rates went to 25%. Families invested in oil lost homes and there were a number of suicides With no internet, those with the money ruled the press! This was all blamed onto The NEP which was destroyed! It did move Candian ownership from 5% to 15%.
When Klein took over he doubled down with the US Republicans. All this happening while the Wild Rose Party kept the original foundation going with the Church. Now we had two political parties which could appear as opposition, one extreme and one tame by comparison. Doing what they do best, playing both ends against the middle.
Notably, Klein started the bleed on the Heritage Savings and Trust by freezing the fund at 5% profit taking all above into General Revenue to support his 10% flat tax. The loss to Albertans 760 billion dollars most of which went directly back to US parent companies. Norway over the same period banked over 1 trillion dollars with just half the production of Alberta!
Klein also ushered in the Energy East plan. At one point he was going to continue with Lougheed’s plan of building a Refinery in Edmonton, Then, Shell oil suggested it would be better for everyone if they built pipelines to the Gulf Coast to their refineries. West pipelines were never considered as Shell’s gulf refineries already had the market captured.
In a final analysis, I see the US is in a position to take over our country! By putting in a Conservative Government again will facilitate the end of our Dairy Marketing board and any other institutions that may hinder this process. Kenny is working to eliminate us from the CPP for no other reason than the division of Alberta from Canada.
For the record: Kenny and Harper were thrown out of every trade meeting they attended throwing the advantage to the US. No one could be this unlucky!
#Bill C69 It allowed Harper to become a dictator in his own mind. Any conflict with a native group could be set aside by the Minister in charge. In action, it caused endless delays in the West coast pipeline. C69 did away with two pieces of Harper/Kenny legislation National Energy Board Act: Replaced. Shipping off the west coast it will cut deeply into their markets in Indochina and China and, they will not be able to use their oil supply on or off as a bargaining chip!
Secondly: Canadian Navigable Waters Act; was changed by Harper/Kenny to a free-for-all. One outstanding item is the BC dam on the Peace River. A navigable river the dam was built and was criticized for not being able to produce enough electricity to pay for itself. It was however built to create a sump in the Peace River is suitable for drawing large amounts of water out of. 2/3 of the flow of the Peace River!! This is the #Weatherford Project. So named after the company who designed and specked it.
Weatherford is immensely designed to move 2/3rds of the flow of the Peace River to the US border. If Conservatives build this Canadian’s will pay for the build so the US can get cheap water.