Alberta as a Nation
That didn’t take long. “I’m going to fight for the same rights and privileges being assigned to this ‘nation within a nation’,” said Premier-designate Ed Stemlach during his first news conference.
For all the assurances we’ve received that the House of Commons “Quebec as a Nation” motion is without force, Alberta’s new premier is following a predictable path, and thus begins the next round of constitutional negotiations; even if no one calls it that. Jeffrey, even us bloggers saw it coming.
Ontario has their fair share campaign. Newfoundland and Labrador will focus on the offshore pie. B.C. has put the First Nations on the agenda. Nova Scotia needs the same offshore deal going to NFLD. These were merely Fed./Prov. agenda items prior to Iggy’s gambit, but they now have the backdrop of “constitutional issues” now that the new Alberta Premier has pushed the “no special status” alarm bell.
Iggy may have hiked the ball but this truly was a team effort with Mr. Harper acting as the quarterback and all parties, bizarrely, putting forth a Patriots-like effort to get the ball across the goal line.