ROTHENBURGER: Cry babies who want to bust up the country should shut up

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

I’M SICK OF HEARING from the cry babies on the other side of the Rockies who want to bust up our country.

At a rally in Calgary last weekend, Wexit leader Peter Downing declared plans to run candidates in provincial, federal and even municipal elections.

This, in the wake of meetings held by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with several provincial and federal leaders that focused on the unity issue. Meetings from which nobody emerged very happy.

For example, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer talked about “a very real crisis” over national unity.

The center of disaffection is in Alberta, where Premier Jason Kenney describes the re-election of the Liberals as a “hostile situation.”

OK, so Alberta didn’t get its way in the federal election. Boo hoo.

An independent Alberta surviving without the rest of Canada is a scenario that’s almost too laughable for words.

In case the separation advocates who live in the middle haven’t noticed, they kind of need the rest of the country to get from one place to another with their pipelines.

We’re all Canadians first. Most Albertans know that. In the end, the good of the whole is what’s most important. Just because one province doesn’t like the outcome of a federal election it can’t just pick up its marbles and go home.

While Kenney says he doesn’t share separatist sentiments, he talks about withdrawing Alberta from the Canada Pension Plan, kicking out the RCMP and setting up a provincial Alberta police force, and complaining about equalization.

Let’s be clear about who’s to blame for this Wexit blather. The only ones guilty of spreading disunity are those who keep talking about it.

There’s a simple way to fix that — just shut up. Please.

Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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3 Comments on ROTHENBURGER: Cry babies who want to bust up the country should shut up

  1. Gee ! The last time anyone spent 4.5 billion dollars on me I was quite pleased.I guess Mr Kenney et al thinks we wanted to stop the bloody pipeline.Then Trudoil spent a considerable amount of money on the pipeline that is specifically designed to get Alberts “Tar oil ” to tidewater. All the while the pipeline sellers are laughing their heads off at the thought of a 400 % gift for a pipeline that wasn’t worth S%&#@@!* .But I’m not surprised that Kenny seems to have missed that. I agree Mel they should just shut up.

  2. It’s not often (if ever) the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (far left) and the Fraser Institute (even farther right) agree on anything. The one thing they do concur on is Alberta doesn’t have a money problem, they have a spending problem.

    Since the 1980 Alberta has taken in roughly $200 billon in non-renewable royalties. Yet they have managed to run up a deficit of $70 billon. That’s $270 billion that has disappeared.

    If Albertans want to know to blame for not being able to afford a new Ford F150, all they have to do is look in the mirror.

    These are the same birds that want to run their own pension fund.

    Those right-wingers sure know how to manage money. (Sorry I had to get that in.)

  3. Wexit…the scapegoat for poor planning, bad planning, or just the absence of planning?

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