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Monday, September 05, 2005

Licia Corbella: On a Re-branded NEP Coming Soon

Paul Martin says there won't be another NEP

In Sunday's Calgary Sun, Licia Corbella (a favorite) comments on how Prime Minister Paul Martin handled questions concerning a re-instituted National Energy Program. Although Mr. Martin denied that there would be an NEP, since that was 'ancient' history, he did not clearly state that some type of re-branded NEP would not be implemented. Corbella then notes the reliance on Kyotoist junk science by the federal government which is undergirding preparations for a carbon tax.

Based on the consistency with with Mr. Martin has broken his word, it appears that his assurances that there will not be an NEP have little to lend them credibility.

Corbella rightly concludes that two scenarios lay before us in light of the concealed threat of a carbon tax/ oil raid on Alberta:

1) block the Liberals from winning a majority government in the next election,
or
2) Alberta separation.

An Option 'Horrible to Contemplate'

Corbella calls the latter option a 'horrible' contemplation. But the former option has been attempted repeatedly. Sadly there may be little Albertans can do about changing the federal governing party. Albertans have been trying to affect change in Ottawa since their infancy in Confederation. Most recently, the Reform/Alliance party sought to do so, yet failed.

The challenge for Albertans now is to deal with reality. And the contemplation may be horrible, but if it is inevitable, logical, and right, then the pain and sacrifices that will accompany it must be faced and endured.

Just think if Winston Churchill had not faced the horror of impending war as inevitable, we would all be serfs under the Swastika.

The possibility of Alberta separation is not an impending doom akin to the threat of WWII, and the analogy is out of proportion, but the principle is the same.

Let us not bury our heads in the sand.

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