Keep it, Preston

Preston Manning has an editorial in the Globe & Mail this a.m. arguing that Alberta already gives enough to the rest of Canada. Any discussion of ‘redistributing’ the province’s petrodollars to correct fiscal imbalances is misguided, he says (can’t give you the link – it’s password protected).

He argues that Alberta’s success leads to wealth generation for a large number of Canadians right across the country.

Trades people, engineers and labourers are flocking to Fort McMurray from across Canada, including a large contingent from Newfoundland. Most of those workers pay Canadian taxes.
Many send a portion of their oil wages home to Corner Brook, Barrie or Moncton.

Preston, all due respect to the Sorry Centrist, but you can stuff your logic the same place you parked your political ambition. Taking our best tradespeople and having them send ‘cheques’ back to Atlantic Canada is nobody’s version of economic development.

Keep your friggin’ oil money you ungrateful boob. In 100 years, when your oil runs out, and New Brunswick is asked to send money out west, somebody will have a good memory. Somebody will whip out this editorial and say that Albertans should just move back east – we’ll see how you like it then.

Check that. I’ll be pushing weeds well in advance of that day.