Questions from Leduc Rep:
• Introduce yourself to the voting public.
My name is Sharon Maclise. I ran for the Wildrose Party in Leduc Beaumont Devon in 2008. I had been working with the Wildrose Party for the last ten
• What do you think are the top issues facing Albertan's today?
The top issue is our economy and how it has been driven into a downward spiral by a combination of the poor management of ‘tax and spend’ by the provincial NDP and bad policies aimed directly at our province by the federal government. The Trudeau
So, although there are several issues facing Alberta they are all small in comparison to these. And easily managed if we were in control of our own province without the interference of a dogmatic federal gov’t and hostile provincial neighbors governing our lives.
• If elected, what will your top priorities be?
My top priorities will be to make sure, to the extent that I am able, that Alberta interests in all matters take priority over the interests of any other jurisdiction in Canada. I will continue to work to build support for Alberta Independence and to prevent the further erosion of democratic principles that we see happening all the time. Alberta must institute greater direct democracy into our legislation that allows for referendum and recall. This will also be at the top of my agenda.
• Why should people vote for you on election day?
The politics of Party control is
From day one, I will work out a fair system whereby Leduc Beaumont citizens are able to give me feedback on every piece of legislation that I will be asked to vote
It seems that the Independence movement is full of
I do in fact. First of all, I will add
Right now it is these men, especially those from low-skilled, dirt-under-the-nails jobs, that have been most impacted. When or if they can get new jobs they are forced to take deep wage cuts, no longer the lucrative jobs they enjoyed in the resource industry. They know that the big reason this is all happening to them is because some kid in Ottawa who has never needed a pay cheque, never worked a day in his life because he needed to, who is just a trust fund dilettante, is carelessly playing a popular ideological anti-oil game and could care less how much anxiety and upheaval he is wreaking in their life. Unemployed and angry they have the time now to think about what is causing this misery for them. Recognizing that they have been exploited by their own country, they no longer feel any loyalty to it. People 2-3000
Why not professionals and corporate Alberta? Because these people often have secure, well-paid public sector or white collar jobs in the private sector or a financial cushion from years of sitting in executive offices with big paydays. Many have big public sector union contracts to protect them or large investment portfolios to fall back on and ultimately, the system works for them. They may hurt for a while but they cling to the status quo because the status quo served them well in the past and they have faith that it will do the same in the future. They are happy to see so many people complaining and talking about Alberta Independence because they know that will shake up the system, maybe enough to help get it back to where it served them best. But in the end, they do not want to see things change as radically as Alberta Separation ~ that may interfere with the short term trade and commerce their wealth depends upon. In fact, many of the Big Corporations in the Oil and Gas industry invited killing carbon taxes into our resource industry. They colluded with Rachel Notley to impose these taxes, knowing they could just pass the cost down to the consumer.
There are very few successful business people out there who care at all about the people who live from paycheque to paycheque. But these struggling working class and just-making-it middle class are the foundation of our society. If the system doesn’t work for them it doesn’t work for any of us in the long run. An Independent Alberta will give these people say over their future because their vote will actually count. When Alberta is on its own at least the votes of
Duncan: I really enjoyed your refreshing comments last night at the Leduc Forum. I am opposed to separation, but unless it's on the table, how will Alberta and the Prairies ever be taken seriously as a legitimate partner in Confederation?
I wish, though, that people would move from moral support to real action. As I said last night in my closing, Just think what a sound would reverberate in Ottawa if even one, two, five, eight Separatists were elected in Alberta. The shock wave that would happen across this country would be music to my ears.
Canadians have heard our complaints before; they have no absence of evidence that Alberta is not happy being raped for our taxes and receiving nothing in return, and now having to fight an uphill battle just so we can remain in a position to feed their voracious appetite for our Alberta money. They've heard it too often followed by zero real action - and they are counting on that happening again. And when it does they will shrug and go back to their couches knowing that Albertans will keep packing off our resources to feed them and taking their abuse.
Bad enough that we have little choice but to elect federalists to Ottawa but when we elect those same cookie-cutter federalists to our provincial Legislatures we cannot expect to be taken seriously. We must stand up for themselves if we ever expect the ROC to take us seriously.
Thank you for coming to our Forum last night Duncan and thank you for your support. A vote though would make all the difference – and make a real statement that you cannot make by voting for any other candidate.
Brad Wall, Senior Advisor at Osler, Hoskin
LL and former Saskatchewan Premier, presented at the
2018 POGA conference in Saskatoon.
Wall continues, “Industry is unable to respond to these serious issues, and some governments have actually helped to make things worse. In 2015, the Premier of Alberta, supported by five large oil companies (three of which have now left Canada to do business in other countries), implemented a carbon tax. This sent a message to Canada and industry detractors that, ‘they were right all along and maybe we should pay an indulgence for our “dirty” oil.’ The notion of
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