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Thursday, August 18, 2005

On the Inadequecy of Separatist Vocabulary

The term 'separatist' conjures images of rash zealots tilting against windmills. And fundamentally, the vocabulary of separatism is the separatist's Achilles heel.

Since large swaths of Alberta's populace are entertaing separatist thoughts---at least at the scuttlebutt level--- one wonders why there hasn't been more unfettered discourse about secession at a popular level. The reason may be right on the tip of the tongue.

The hindrance of nomenclature which the Separatist movement faces has been recognized by some, but not others.

For example, the Alberta Alliance party speaks of 'autonomy', while Link Byfield's Citizens Centre speaks of 'refederation'. To these could be added the terms, 'Albertanism', 'regional rights', and the familiar, 'independence'.

But the Separation Party of Alberta sees fit to retain the language of 'separation' in its name, thereby retaining all of the negative baggage associated with the term.

The fact is that the all of the aforementioned desire the same thing, namely a freer Alberta. As with all conservative institutions in Canada, the challenge is to bring everyone together, without selling one's soul.

For all those yearning for a new tomorrow in Alberta, let us hope we can get our words right.

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You have a terrific blog. Keep up the good work.

I'll like Alberta better when it's no longer attached to Ottawa.

Same thing for all provinces.

DEFEDERALISATION!!! :)

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