Wednesday, November 21, 2012

David McGuinty Shows How Canada Is Changing Alberta

With Alberta's rise, in population and wealth, its power is said to be growing, however seeing the reaction to Liberal MP David McGuinty's recent comments it appears Ontario's influence is thicker than even oil.

For where Alberta is a province known for hard working people, on the farm, ranch, and oil patch, who aren't prone to whine or complain, it appears the province, with its opposition to comments made by Mr. McGuinty, is becoming more like its eastern neighbours, Ontario and Quebec, who are more concerned with political correctness than intent.

Alberta`s transition was made clear when David McGuinty criticized some Albertan politicians and the response was anything but Albertan; Conservatives immaturely whined and complained while Liberals apologized profusely and offered a cowardly resignation in record time.

The comments were made after a committee meeting on Tuesday. McGuinty, the Liberal Party`s natural resources critic, referring to some Albertan MPs, said: "They really should go back to Alberta and either run for municipal council in a city that's deeply affected by the oil sands business or go run for the Alberta legislature."

Afterwards, with as much genuine emotion as they could replicate, both political parties in their pursuit to placate that western province treated McGuinty`s comments in regards to their optics and not their meaning; a procedure that was both naturalized and popularized in Ontario.

It is not surprising that Ontario, a province as old as confederation with a political history even longer, is perceived to places the highest importance on image and formalities. That is nothing new, whether one is talking about those who shout and yell in the House of Commons in Ottawa or those who toil at the Toronto stock exchange earning such inequitable compensation. What is new however is Alberta adopting these traits.

The idea that Conservative MPs are right to police political correctness is not only ironic, it`s not Albertan. And the Liberals showing weakness, at the first instance of trouble someone apologizes and resigns, is not some thing any great politician from Wild Rose country has ever done.

Conservatives, in attacking an opponent, and Liberals, in cutting dead weight, have reduced David McGuinty`s comments into a quick easy story of another Liberal criticizing Alberta. Alberta`s acceptance, and welcoming of these gestures is itself a sign that it is becoming less concerned with substance and more with image. What a coincidence then, and surely uncorrelated, that at the same time it is also becoming all the more richer and more powerful.

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