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Friday, September 30, 2005

The Dilemma Facing Albertans

The problem with the political option being tendered by the Separation Party of Alberta is that it may promise far more than it can deliver.

Although many Albertans are intrigued by the thought of separation from Canada, the idea is mostly a vague notion. Average Albertans lack reference points for what a separated Alberta would look like politically, economically, socially, and so on.

Obviously the idea of separation is spawned by the prospect of being free from the oppressiveness of taxation without representation in Ottawa, and the social engineering of the Toronto MSM elites.

But people will need assurances, guides, caveats, contingency plans, options and more for them to embrace this nebulous idea of 'separatism'.

The message boards on the net are a great starting point. They consist in grassroots discussion that is involved and current.

But not everybody in Alberta is a blogger, or reads blogs.

For all of the nostalgia about the separatist movement that I've seen online, it is surprising that more solid, long-range planning hasn't been done by life-long separatists to achieve success.

Many Albertans are sympathetic to the separatist option. But their votes need to be earned, not demanded.

And so, SPA or any other separatist sponsors have a lot of work to do.

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