Now that the federal election is over and Justin Trudeau and the Liberals have retained power, many Albertans feel Alberta must separate to maintain any economic viability and freedoms that many have sacrificed to maintain.
So I am asking the provincial government to table a separation referendum to let the people of Alberta decide whether we want to remain part of a country that continually takes financial advantage of them.
The decision should be up to Albertans, not politicians.
Another referendum that needs to be tabled immediately is one on equalization payments. We need to start collecting all personal and corporate income taxes and keep it here in Alberta.
Quebec is the only province in Canada that is allowed to do that, and all other provinces should be able to do the same.
We need a referendum to let Albertans have a voice in this process.
Alberta can no longer afford to be pillaged financially by Quebec, Ontario and the eastern provinces.
Even though Alberta’s economy has struggled in the past 11 years, we are still expected to pay more than $10 billion annually into the equalization process, where Quebec gets all of that money and we get nothing back. That has to stop now.
Albertans are beyond fed up and separation sentiments are very high. So let their voices be heard.
I urge all Albertans to contact your MLAs and demand they support a separation referendum.
Dale Stuart, Red Deer