The ripples from Andrew Coyne's Saturday column, "Selling the conservative soul", continue to echo through the blogosphere. In it, Andrew laments the death of Conservatism. And naturally, Alberta seperatists have responded en masse, arguing that its time to throw in the towel on Confederation.
A few blogging Tories, for example, have already packed their bags, with The Politic arguing that:
Put another way, Alberta should go if it wants to keep conservatism.
But here’s the caveat: are Albertans, with the highest amounts of government spending in the country, up to living life as conservatives?
The Black Kettle is halfway out the door:
Alberta, sadly, must separate because Alberta is still somewhat conservative ... at least for Canada (which, I concede, isn't saying much).
And of course Andrew's Coynistas are always up for splitting the nation:
"And after two decades invested in the Reform experiment, there is nowhere else to go."
Actually, Albertans have someplace else to go.
One interesting thought is that, since Alberta accounts for 41% of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions, if it were ever become a distinct jurisdiction, the geographic entity known as Canada would suddenly be in compliance with its Kyoto targets!
Furthermore, we would have the resultant environmental pariah state surrounded on three sides, and could serve as a launching pad for the inevitable U.S. invasion.
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Time: The Future