Driving the Heathen from the Promised Land

January 21, 2007 · By

Tom Cerber‘s post has provoked the typical round of tut-tutting from alienated central Canadians. In response, commenter Grog maintains that Albertan political autonomy will drive him from his home, his work, his family, and his lifestyle:

Do you have any idea how many Albertans would leave the province in the Alberta Separation Party or other bunch of wingnuts tried to secede? (Hint – lots)

That’s just swell. I’m sure that there’s an unemployment line waiting for you somewhere in the ROC. Oh wait, government assistance won’t exist in Canada any longer because Alberta won’t be around to pay for it. Perhaps you can share a shanty along the shore of Lake Ontario with Mel Lastman?

Better stick around, chum. The R of A will still need its court jesters and we can only laugh at Werner Patels for so long.

Comments

18 Responses to “Driving the Heathen from the Promised Land”

  1. The Canadian Blog Exchange on January 25th, 2007 11:55 pm [#]

    Driving the Heathen from the Promised Land 21-01-07, 3:53 pm @ The Politic

  2. Progressive Bloggers on January 22nd, 2007 2:28 am [#]

    i just read this post and i’m wondering…since when did albertans get so damn precious? Driving the Heathen from the Promised Land : Tom Cerber?s post has provoked the typical round of tut-tutting from alienated central Canadians. In response, commenter Grog maintains that Albertan political autonomy will drive him from his home, his work, his family, and his lifestyle: “Do you

  3. where'd that bug go? on January 22nd, 2007 1:58 am [#]

    [IMG ] i’ve just read this post and i’m wondering…since when did albertans get so damn precious? Driving the Heathen from the Promised Land : Tom Cerber’s post has provoked the typical round of tut-tutting from alienated central Canadians. In response, commenter Grog maintains that Albertan political autonomy will drive him from his home, his work, his family, and his lifestyle:

  4. Jim on January 21st, 2007 3:49 pm [#]

    Well, why dont we all leave. I am sure that the yanks would love to have On. with all of its industry, natural resources like fresh water and access to both Hudson and James Bay.
    Wouldnt that really scare the Quebec nation to have the U.S. on two of their borders.

  5. bigcitylib on January 21st, 2007 4:09 pm [#]

    My answer to you is: Go! Or not. But don’t pull the old “knife to the throat” trip. That was boring when Quebec tried it, and they have great cheese and hot chicks where you just have cows and K.D. Lang. We’ll get on fine without Alberta.

  6. Werner Patels on January 21st, 2007 4:17 pm [#]

    For the record, Aaron, get your facts straight: If Alberta decided to go it alone, I’d be right in there. Independence for Alberta is a feeling that permeates all political camps in this province. You can be a NDPer or a Liberal and still support independence (or more independence) for your province.

    So don’t lump me in with those easterners who don’t understand Alberta. I understand Alberta, and I know it’s not about being conservative, liberal or whatever, it’s about what’s right for our province.

    Alberta is not a stronghold of conservatism, as is claimed by easterners all the time. Instead, Alberta is about common sense and fair play. It just so happens that our current government is a conservative one, but if another party came along tomorrow, with its focus on common sense and fair play, it’d be elected in a flash by Albertans. Albertans don’t go by ideology, but only by what makes sense and what’s right.

  7. Hunter on January 21st, 2007 5:16 pm [#]

    Great post Werner! Exactly, common sense and fair play, are what Albertan’s are all about.

    Bigcitylib, you have no say in what Albertan’s do, unless you are here in Alberta. We will never be like Quebec, because we could actually make a go of the Republic of Alberta. Quebec is just a leach on Canada, why do we in Alberta have to pay for their $7 a day daycare, when we don’t have one of our own, thank goodness. Quebec has no common sense and no idea of what fair play is all about, but the rest of Canada, needs them? Why?

  8. jeff on January 21st, 2007 5:24 pm [#]

    alienated central Canadians

    you must mean ontario and quebec, aka 2/3′s of the country.

    by the time albertans manage to leave confederation, you’ll be out of oil anyway. we’ll bail you out though because we like skiing on powder.

  9. bigcitylib on January 21st, 2007 5:50 pm [#]

    Actually, Hunter, I lived in Calgary for two years and Edmonton for one (long time ago). And I am a Canadian. If I don’t have a say, who does? Just properly Conservative Albertans?

  10. Aaron Unruh on January 21st, 2007 6:03 pm [#]

    Does “jeff” have a religious objection to capital letters? Or is he just raging against the machine, man?

  11. Aaron Unruh on January 21st, 2007 6:11 pm [#]

    “And I am a Canadian. If I don’t have a say, who does?”

    The only people that should have a say on Alberta’s future are Albertans.* Or were you Ontarians given a vote in the last Quebec referendum? Stop being such busy-bodies.

    * German immigrants, of course, should also be excluded.

  12. Werner Patels on January 21st, 2007 7:01 pm [#]

    I am not German, you uneducated rube.

  13. Werner Patels on January 21st, 2007 7:02 pm [#]

    While we’re at it, perhaps we should exclude all Jews with the last name Unruh, which, if anything, is more German than I will ever be.

  14. Werner Patels on January 21st, 2007 7:05 pm [#]

    According to Aaron’s thinking, Stephen Harper should be excluded as well, because he was born and raised in Toronto.

    Total nonsense and so un-Albertan that Aaron should be expelled from Alberta.

  15. Scott from Winnipeg on January 21st, 2007 7:36 pm [#]

    So a Belgian-style nation really wasn’t an incredibly anti-Canadian theory to some of you?

    Holy smokes.

  16. Richard on January 21st, 2007 10:14 pm [#]

    It’s funny that when individuals who do not live in Alberta feel they actually have a say in what we can or can’t do, it comes across as white noise.
    We will make decisions based on what is best for the population long-term, and if it goes against your central canadian sensibilities, you and those who share your beliefs can go and pound salt. Doesn’t really matter.

  17. ALThusser on January 21st, 2007 10:34 pm [#]

    The loonie austrian (no insult meant to real Austrians) gets kicked out of just about every where, so why not Alberta? He has been booted out of a few web clubs, gay bath houses, blog aggregators, translators lists, his own house (en francais), at least one politcal party and one or two follicularly-challenged groups. Weren’t ya also kicked out of Ontario Pastels?

  18. Werner Patels on January 21st, 2007 11:38 pm [#]

    ALThusser: I am not Austrian either, but I do know that you’re a wanker who writes about a lot of things without knowing anything whatsoever.

  19. bigcitylib on January 22nd, 2007 6:49 am [#]

    Exacly, Fred, waving the bling around.

  20. Smiling Moose on January 22nd, 2007 8:20 am [#]

    “wanker who writes about a lot of things without knowing anything whatsoever.”

    Sound a lot like a so called “political scientist” I know of…

  21. Shane Edwards on January 22nd, 2007 12:05 pm [#]

    Frankly, I’d move TO Alberta if they separated.

    I still might. The tax rates and cost of living, despite skyrocketing of late, is STILL cheaper than in Vancouver, but the pay is better!

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