I will be sorry to see Klein go. I can at least be sure he won't sell Alberta out. He is also tough enough to stand up to Ontario and Quebec.
Klein says Alberta has "control" and "authorization" over its resources under the Constitution, and he's seeking a legal opinion to see if there's a way he can pull his province out of the revenue-sharing deal.
Klein is promising a fight unless the federal Conservatives live up to their election promise to not include resource revenues in the equalization formula.
"They made a campaign promise, the federal Conservatives, that they wouldn't include resource revenues in the equalization formula," Klein told reporters in Edmonton Wednesday. "And I would hope they live up to that, because otherwise they're going to have a battle on their hands."
Now, let's see, if Alberta refuses to send it's 11B to other provinces, what can those provinces do?? Beg, cry, maybe stop sucking off the government t--?
Don't get me wrong, my husband is from PEI and I realize that they need help, and as an Albertan, I am more than willing to help other provinces. But we got our debt in control by taking 20% cuts when oil prices were in the tank. No-one helped us then, and believe me, we still remember the NEP out here. Including resource revenues in the equalization equation will be and is a revenue grab just like the NEP. Alberta votes Conservative, because we remember what the Liberals did to our province with the NEP, and we will not put up with that ever again.
Provinces need to stop over spending just because they can, Quebec should have been a have province a long time ago, but they rely on handouts to keep expensive programs like their daycare plan going, and have the nerve to tell the rest of us that they have it right. Sure they do, they understand that for years they have been threatening to leave Canada so they can suck more money out of the federal government, or in other words, our taxpayers money.
So, with Klein and our Edmonton Oilers (sorry Flames), Alberta is the place to be. The west is rising to power and if you don't like it, sorry, but we will not be second class Canadians ever again.