With anti-Alberta demagoguery becoming increasingly common among frustrated left-wing Central Canadian politicians in Canada, the least you could hope for is a Premier willing to stand up to it.
Unfortunately for Alberta, that Premier is Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall. Apparently it isn’t Alberta Premier Alison Redford. Which is a shame.
This could be said to go back to earlier this year, when federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair attempted to single out Alberta as a sinkhole of the Canadian economy with his “Dutch Disease” thesis. That thesis has since been shredded by every serious economist in Canada, yet Mulcair has yet to fully repudiate it on his own. Likewise for slavish hacks masquerading as economists within the NDP and NDP-friendly circles.
Wall’s criticisms of Mulcair were forceful. Redord’s much less so, to the point of being weak.
So with Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau issuing a notably insincere apology last week for comments he made in 2010 blaming any economic struggle in Canada on the Albertans Canadians have placed in charge, one would expect Premier Redford to raise a suitably strong defense of Albertan leadership?
Well, scratch that.
In a speech given at her alma mater, Queen’s University, Redford says that Justin Trudeau has learned his lesson.
“My sense is that Justin Trudeau probably learned an awful lot [about] being on the political stage in the past two years,” she declared. Speaking of Trudeau’s bizarre statement that it was wrong of him to equate Alberta with Albertans, she added, “I take him at his word.”
Wow. That’s quite a stunning rebuke of Trudeau, on behalf of Albertans who, contrary to Trudeau’s comments, have built for themselves the strongest economy in Alberta, one that contributes remarkably to the strength of the Canadian economy in general. That’s a stirring defense of a province that, with minimal intergovernmental help from the rest of Canada, has managed its fiscal affairs better than any other.
But perhaps there’s a reason why Redford isn’t rushing to defend the Albertan leadership — embodied in individuals like Peter Lougheed, Ralph Klein, Preston Manning and Stephen Harper — that has made the province so successful, and such a target for jealous demagogues like Justin Trudeau:
It behooves us to remember that not only did Alison Redford have very little to do with any of that, but she now seems to be doing her damnedest to undo all of it.
Premier Alison Redford just isn’t soft on anti-Alberta demagogues; she’s also soft on Albertan success.