Saturday, November 02, 2019
In the Star Phoenix, Doug Cuthand talks sense about Western separatism:
Kenny and Moe remind me of the two cartoon dogs, Spike and Chester. Remember them? Spike was a mean bulldog and Chester was his little sidekick who pranced around saying that Spike was his hero because he was so big and strong … I’ll leave it to you to determine which one is which.One of the other things that Western Canadian separatists are also forgetting is that it isn't their land to bargain away - its treaty land. Cuthand continues:
It’s time both premiers got real and faced the fact that the economy is changing and the demand for oil is peaking. The United States is now energy self-sufficient and within a decade about half the new vehicles sold will be electric. Dirty oil, like the tarsands, will go the way of coal mines. These commodities are expensive to extract and refine and not economically viable in a world with declining demand.
Economics trump politics and there is little or nothing politicians can do about it.
Our leaders made a treaty to share the land and build a future together. Of course, the equality and cooperation didn’t happen, but we’re still working on it.
At no time did our elders envision a future without the treaty and the protection of the Crown. Also, there is no groundswell of support for separation within the Indigenous community. Through Treaty we chose Canada.
When Quebec was going through its separation anxiety, my friend Billy Two Rivers from the Kahnawake Mohawk Nation commented that the only land the separatists could take with them was the dirt under their fingernails.
I agree. If the separatists want to leave Western Canada, go ahead, but the land remains with us.
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They're also forgetting the massive reclamation bill that they'd have to pay. Canadians have shouldered that cost and if they separate, they will have to absorb it.
And let's see if we give them their portion of the CPP or other pension funds.
More: When they come back to Canada post-separation, they won't get a lot of latitude from BC or Ontario to build the f'in pipelines the keep dumping bitumen all over the place (case in point: Keystone this past week).
Finally, let's not forget that Ontario endured a decade of job loss under the Harper regime. More than a million good, high-paying full-time jobs were lost. Did we say anything about separation? Not a peep.
By 4:21 am, at
Very good points.
Oh, do I ever remember that carton. thanks for the walk down memory lane. Now to the topic at hand, the two guys who keep talking about western separation/alienation, need to start singing another old tune. No one is paying attention to their duo. They aren't going to do anything. There is no western alienation as these two guys refer to it. Yes, some people are unhappy about no Liberal seats in Alberta and Sask. but I'd think it would be the federal Liberals who are unhappy about it. If its the Conservatives who are unhappy, get over it. You got the win with a lot of seats. Now shut up and get to work.
These two premiers are carrying on as if no one in Alberta/Sask voted for the Liberals, Greens, or NDP. News flash, they did and so not everyone is going to want to leave Canada. there is the issue of all the lands owned by the Indigenous people, the federal lands, etc. No one is really paying attention to those 2 guys. Jason is flapping his gums because he wants to replace Scheer and this keeps him in the press. The other guy, you say his name is Moe, as in the 3 stooges. o.k. sounds about right.
I live in B.C. and no one is really talking western alienation here and alberta and sask. are east of us, so its all east to us. we're the only west there truly is in the country.
By 11:03 pm, at