With many of the reforms introduced by Alberta being blocked by the Liberal establishment in Ottawa, Tom, the editor of a new book, Moment of Truth: How to Think About Alberta's Future, wonders if the best route is to try some tactics that haven't yet been tried.
One of those tactics Tom referred to was the upcoming referendum on equalization:
It's been talked about for 20 years or more, ever since the publication of the so-called Firewall Letter, but hasn't actually been tried. Well, it will be tried this fall. There's a Supreme Court decision that says if a province requests a constitutional discussion on something, other provinces and Ottawa are bound to at least come to the table and discuss it.
So, that's the point of the referendum on equalization, [it] is to provoke a constitutional discussion showing how unfair this program is to Alberta and demanding some change into it.
Now, will it succeed? I don't know — but at least it's a step forward that hasn't been tried yet.
Tom Flanagan's new book, Moment of Truth, is available on Amazon and features a collection of essays from some of Canada's top thinkers and debates the various paths forward for Alberta.
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