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Sunday, August 09 2020 @ 10:56 MDT

Albertans Whine Again

Alberta PoliticsPractically every time I turn on the radio I hear about how hard done by Albertans seem to think they are. This time it's a poll done by the CBC about what Albertans think. Apparently 60% of Albertans in this poll think that we don't get the respect we deserve.

One person is quoted as saying that we're “no longer the little brother of Confederation”. More like the spoiled rich kid. The problem is that Albertans have whined and complained for years over perceived slights against them and things that happened decades ago. For example, was it the National Energy Program that destroyed the Alberta economy in the early 1980's or was it the massive global recession that hit at the same time? The NEP probably didn't help, but it wasn't the cause. Albertans though, like to think of it as the federal government's fault, because after all, it wasn't a Tory government that did the NEP so it must be Ottawa's fault. The fact of the matter is that forces beyond any government's control caused the collapse of oil prices and the end of the boom of the 1970's.

Fast forward to today. Now with another boom, the spoiled kid that is Alberta is whining “I'm rich, you have to pay attention to me and do what I say”. This doesn't play well in the rest of the county. What a lot of these Albertans forget is that for all our wealth, we're only 10% of the population of the country and our influence is actually greater than that. For a group of people who are always supporting “majority rule” when it suits them, the hypocrisy of these same people when majority rule turns on them is incredible. Albertans have to realize that they are a part of a larger country all the time, not just when it's convenient politically or personally.

In reality all this whining will do the opposite of what Albertans want. It will reduce the respect people have for our province. After all, who respects a whiner.

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Who requested this poll and why was it published?
Authored by: Anonymous onSunday, April 23 2006 @ 12:36 MDT
I rarely get this impression that such a large percentage of the population have these feelings, but then I don't always read the newspapers, nor do I watch television.

What I get the impression of is that the media in general has a tendancy to blow these things out of proportion. I know there are numbers and equations which define the poll as "60%" of Albertans, but was it 60% of people asked, or 60% of Albertans.

Which Albertans were called. Was it a certain subdivision? Area code? City or rural? Were the numbers from a specific call list, and whose?

Another thing which bothers me is why this is being brought out? Was the poll published and then mentioned? Was the poll requested by the media and the results publicised because they fit their needs? Were there other questions and answres which came out of the poll?

All these questions which would help define the legitimacy of the question and results. For now, personally, this sounds like a story which is being published for a reason, and the reason itself may be a bit suspect.

(I've answered many questions from the media personnel in Edmonton, largely due to where I live and how much I walk around. They rarely have my responses unless it matches their intended results. It's interesting to watch and listen to their interviews and then see the slant they portray when the story is aired.)

With all the changes in the political strata of both Canada and Alberta (or changes to come over the next while) bringing a general feeling of disatisfaction up in the paper seems to be a bit of... well, 'fearmongering' is the closest I can come up with right now.