The negative side of becoming an independent country

Re: “No thanks Mr. Trudeau”

The author of the letter continues his never-ending spiel/rhetoric that Alberta should secede from Confederation, but he never mentions the negative side of leaving Canada, nor does he mention the negative consequences of becoming North Texas.

Basically, he lives in a fantasy world where we will live happily ever after by becoming a separate country or by becoming a new state in the US.

Here’s the negative side of becoming an independent country: What does he propose to call this new nation? What will be the official currency (bitcoin, sea shells, beads)? What happens to peoples’ Canadian pensions? Where does the money come from to pay for all those new public services (public teachers, health care professionals, police services, postal services, military services, emergency services, airports, roads, rail lines, embassies to foreign countries, trade relations with other countries, etc)?

Does he think money grows on trees? Does he think other provinces and other countries will welcome a new country in North America?

The chances of Alberta becoming North Texas are slim and none. Heck, the US Congress has been delaying the admission of Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia for years.

Does he think US politicians would want to pay for a new state? Remember that Alberta has a large debt, and that situation is not going to improve by being admitted into statehood.

Of course, on the positive side, a few Albertans will enjoy carrying concealed weapons, carrying assault rifles in public like in Texas, Missouri, etc. (become would-be warriors like John Wayne and Rambo), join the NRA, and enlist in kinds of militia groups (most of whom are Neo Nazis, KKK, and white nationalists).

But, as a new state, North Texans will enjoy American high school sports on Friday nights (but hockey will be relegated to a minor sport), enjoy big time college sports on Saturdays (all those bowl games and March Madness), and NFL on Thursdays, Sundays, and Mondays (yeah Super Bowl).

The wealthiest among us will enjoy using the US tax system because of all the tax loopholes and tax cuts that are available to them. Who knows: they may not have to spend a dime on taxes. Yeah! Let the peons/serfs/peasants pay for all those public services instead.

Oh, I forgot to mention that Albertans/North Texans will lose their public health care system, and they would have to pay for private medical insurance (if they could afford to pay for it). Even then many of us would go bankrupt paying for those private medical bills. Remember that 60% of all bankruptcies in America are attributed to private medical costs.

So—-enjoy this fantasy world that the author envisions with independence from Canada. “The grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence”.

George Thatcher

Trochu, AB