“We may disagree with Quebec on many things, on some of their socialist tendencies,” said Anderson. “But, when it comes to provincial sovereignty, Quebec is king.”
And, basically, in Anderson’s mind, it boils down to this. Quebec simply says no to federal legislation it does not like. He says Alberta talks a good game, but, in the end, the desire to be a good federalist wins.
But he believes if Alberta starts saying no, the feds will simply allow Alberta to work towards its own self-determination.
“Once it’s there, they know it’s there. The feds are going to act differently, they don’t want to cause a constitutional crisis.”
Why not full sovereignty? Anderson said there is no public appetite for it — and Alberta is not ready.
“But the Liberal-NDP coalition is going to be in power till 2025, so what can we do to work around them?”
Of course, it wouidn’t have been a discussion on how to reduce Ottawa’s influence on Alberta without some decent Trudeau-bashing. Here are some highlights:
“We’ve gone from one of the most prosperous jurisdictions on the planet to mediocre at best”
“No reason for them (Quebec) to be living off the Alberta taxpayer. But that’s the problem with equalization, it rewards poor management.”
“He (Justin Trudeau) wants to shut down the oil and gas industry, he wants it dead in the water… This is his religion, this is his dogma.” (Talk about the “Great Reset,” through the United Nations, to redistribute wealth throughout the world).