The Reformer's Firebrand

*-{The New Canadian Colonist's Advocate }-* A commentary of fiery reformist sentiment from the spirit of it's 210 year old Canadian ghost publisher patron. This will be a home to the new wave of anti-partisan advocacy for defeating Canada's second "family compact" and reinstallation of responsible governance in this 21st century new Canadian democratic dominion.

Monday, July 18, 2005

My Letter to Dr. Leon Craig

A letter I sent to the now infamous Dr. Leon Craig:

Dr. Craig: I suspect your e-mail is inundated with hate mail from the usual suspects but I had to attempt to express my delight with your frank statements of fact and willingness to discuss rationally a, now, viable political option for the west to seek the responsible governance it desires. My thanks for saying publicly what many of us have wanted to say for years but have failed to for fear of typical reactionary ostracization from the misplaced loyalties of our fellow citizens. Also, in times past independence minded people were denied access to the main stream media as a legitimate political opinion. That is a personal observation from a person who worked on Gord Kessler's WCC campaign and helped run Alberta independence candidates for the past 20 years in Alberta provincial elections. We were patronized with Socratic irony or satirized as bumpkins by national east-based media. Local media stopped their mocking when we elected candidates and local polls placed soft separation support at highs of 56%. Thank you for starting the ball rolling and ( hopefully) getting the independence option scholastically legitimized and out into the open market of ideas for rational public debate. My fear is that all the rational voices in this matter will be drown out ( as usual) by the shrill din of federal flacks sent to demonize/stigmatize one side of the they have done with western politics, politicians and political movements.

There is really no option left to those of us wanting open accessible federalism since the institutions of federal government, news media and the courts have been co-opted by exclusive/privileged partisan patronage realpolitik. The west's political aspirations for a seat at that table has been relegated to improbabiliy by the Ottawa power-brokering cabal on that end and by our own higher western ethics on our end. Essentially the past 3 decades in federal politics has seen the Liberal party become less a party founded on solid ideals, vision and a public-first agenda as it has become a visionless, self-serving brokerage party that retains power to broker political patronag for the personal and organization benefit of the insiders of this political cartel. Confederal health and constitutional soundness of governance, let alone the west's pleas for democracy is not on their agenda.

Having lived in Alberta for the past 25 years then moving back to Ontario, being actively involved in politics in both jurisdictions, I can state unequivocally that there is an entrenched mindset in eastern Canadian culture, politics and business that reflexively marginalizes western politics, ideals and culture and wishes to actively dismiss or dominate over it. Simply, we are viewed as "different" and "not like real Canadians" ( Canadian being defined as Urban eastern secular statist liberal-left) and not to be trusted or allowed to have a hand in controlling the nation's public policy agenda. This attitude is rampant in the east and if not blurted out in political debate, then held to be a sacrosanct unspoken axiom.

The situation, as you have articulated, is in a Mexican stand off at the moment. The Quebec/Ottawa power elite is not budging on western demands for inclusion, an end to corrupt political agendas, renewed confederal equity and full accountable democracy in federal governing institutions. The west is being stone-walled by Ottawa but we still prosper in spite of Ottawa's best efforts to imperil our economy with regulation, taxation and hostile policy and our anger deepens with every passing day the Status Quo inequity exists......something's gotta snap soon! There has to be a flash point where the already smouldering independence fire surges to a full blown prairie fire. Alberta has a long history of deposing the old, and adopting new political parties and ideologies definitively and without much prior notice. My predication is that the spark needed to get the Alberta independence movement rolling is Harper's defeat in the next general election and his subsequent purging from the party by the eastern factions in the CPC. There are only so many times the west can be kicked in the teeth and denied a PM from the west. If we take it again after the next loss at getting the democratic reform agenda on the federal agenda, we MUST act alternatively and locally to cure the confederal injustice and democratic gulf with Ottawa....or else we will be mercilessly ravaged for our inaction.

Many westerners, and particularly Albertans, remember the whitewash of the Spicer commission, and numerous other Ottawa confederal unity info gathering tokenism, that NEVER resulted in the changes clearly delineated by the westerners ( myself included) who were asked. Politically astute Albertans have gone beyond frustration to being permanently cynical and suspect of Ottawa's agenda. Want to bet Minister Stronach will follow the same well established formula of asking Albertans what bothers them, getting the same answers as Spicer did, and doing the same thing as all other token theatrical Ottawa symbolism concerning western alienation: pay lip service to our calls for systemic democratic reform until in a majority then ignore it completely and return to the agenda to openly repress this western agenda.

The polling local media have done in independence-sympathetic markets/demographics within Alberta, reveal a deep seated resentment of Status-Quo Ottawa politics and public policy. A large portion of that loathing comes from the feeling of impotency to effect change democratically because of confederal and constitutional inequities in the electoral system. There is concerted rage over seeing contentious major public policy being made and enacted in a political vacuum in which western voices are ignored. When the independence option was offered as a possible legitimate option in this demographic, 76% on the media phone poll saw it as a viable solution for Alberta.

Dr. Craig, you just enunciate what we all know, deep down, has to happen for a portion of Canada to survive the ravages of corruption, confederal neglect and civilly disasterous ideas eminating from Ottawa. The west and Alberta must cut political ties to Ottawa to resolve the fundamental differences in culture and politics that exists between ourselves and the Ottawa culture which props up a failed Democracy. Western/Alberta independence from this kleptocratic confederacy can't happen soon enough for my liking.

Your's in freedom and independence,



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your letter to him is almost as long as his original article was.

I couldn't read it all and I doubt he will either.

July 18, 2005 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger W.L. Mackenzie Redux said...

Hmmm 4 paragraphs is a long read?

Guess it is for some.

July 18, 2005 at 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Here, Here, Bill. Excellent letter. I put comments on a few blogs yesterday urging people to read Dr.Craigs piece.

July 18, 2005 at 4:02 PM  
Anonymous Jon Neufeld said...

I doubt that Dr. Craig would have the same difficulty with long words that anonymous poster #1 seems to have. I could and did read it all, and agree with it wholeheartedly.

Free the West!

July 18, 2005 at 4:39 PM  
Anonymous rob said...

Most Excellent!!! ..

You definitely hit the nail squarely on the head...

July 18, 2005 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger W.L. Mackenzie Redux said...

Hi Jon welcome abord...see you in the western indipendence rallies that should be starting the day after the next federal election.

July 18, 2005 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger Debris Trail said...

Bill, this is a carry over from a question I asked you over at CJUNK. You've got connection in AB; tell us: In your opinion, how is mood there? The people I know are all hardcore separatists from way back, so I don't count them. How is the mood in the general population?

July 18, 2005 at 6:37 PM  
Anonymous rob said...

Debris Trail,

Does about 50,000 people booing Screeching Annie at the Champ Car in Edmonton give you any indication. There was 100K there and at the end when they were handing out the trophies, they announced her name, the remaining 50K had made so much noise, she was skeptical about coming out.

I wish MSM had picked it up or it was captured to video, it was priceless. As for the mood, IMHO, anger, but you may take me as biased.

July 18, 2005 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger Aizlynne said...


That is so good to hear that Swannie is getting booed. She keeps buying her way into office and I suspect this next time around will be no different.

Of course, the MSM would never DARE play that on the 6:00 news now would they.

July 18, 2005 at 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sort of like the booing that PMPM got when the queen was at the saddledome.


July 25, 2005 at 9:52 AM  
Anonymous jema54 said...

I read Mr. Craig's article twice - because he had so much to say and because he said what I have been thinking for the last two years -the west wants out - not in; why would anyone with a scrap of decency want to be in the cesspool of corruption in Ottawa? We should get our M.P.s out before they wade in and drown. Mr. Harper has given them the summer, that is all 'they ' deserve. He should come home and help us get out. We need him here.

August 1, 2005 at 5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is fucking nonsense! you are a crank and so is Craig. The oil greed has ruined your minds. The oil should stay in the ground god damn it!

October 15, 2008 at 12:08 AM  

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