Fairness For AlbertaFebruary 20, 2020
Ottawa, ON –Today, following the release of the Buffalo Declaration, Members of Parliament Michelle Rempel Garner (Calgary Nose Hill) and Blake Richards (Banff-Airdrie) issued the following statement on the national unity crisis and the economic devastation in Alberta:
The message we are hearing from our constituents across Alberta is: “We will be equal or seek independence.”
Albertans are questioning if confederation is broken. They feel disconnected from, and disrespected by, the rest of Canada. Many Canadians are either unaware of the struggles Albertans are facing, or fail to understand the source of these frustrations.
We believe in a united Canada – however it must be a Canada united in equity. In order to repair the cracks in our federation that threaten that unity, immediate action must be taken to permanently correct structural inequalities that are the cause of the disconnect between Alberta and the power class in Eastern Canada.
We are issuing a challenge today to all political leaders in our country, including those running for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. These recommendations are contained in what we have called the Buffalo Declaration.
These recommendations must be taken seriously by any leader who wants to ensure the future unity of Canada. They include recognizing that Alberta is not currently an equal partner in confederation, changing the equalization program, and measures to achieve regional balance in parliamentary representation.
The full list of recommendations, and the structural issues that precipitated them, can be found at www.buffalodeclaration.ca
Anyone who wants to be Prime Minister of Canada must respond to these specific issues, regardless of which party they represent. Enough is enough. The status quo that sees Alberta milked like a colony for equalization and punished legislatively ends now. We invite Albertans to add to and provide feedback on the full list of suggestions. And we encourage all our fellow Canadians to join the dialogue as well at www.buffalodeclaration.ca
One way or another, Albertans will have equality.
Have your say at www.blakerichards.ca/fairness-for-alberta/