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Bell: Separatism, deal with Alberta or support will rise

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15.12.2018

Alberta in crisis.

Ted Morton is asked if he backs the idea of Alberta leaving Canada.

“No. While I would not support separation the status quo is just as unacceptable,” says the man who served as this province’s finance minister and energy minister.

“And if the powers-that-be refuse to address the status quo then the case for separation, of course, becomes stronger.”

“The failure of Ottawa and other provinces to address this issue is going to push more and more Albertans to the separation option, which would be unfortunate because there are solutions in between.”

Morton adds, while Quebec doesn’t leave because they get way more out of Confederation than they put in, that is not the case with Alberta.

Albertans pay far more in taxes to Ottawa than we get back.

By $20 billion-plus a year.

Then the wham!

“If you just isolate the economics, a separate Alberta would be financially better off.”

However, for Morton, separation is “not a straight economic question.”

Morton came here in August 1981. Yes, right in the middle of Pierre Trudeau’s much-despised National Energy Program.

“People are angrier than in the summer of 1981,” he says.

A generation ago, along........

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