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Fixing the Federation Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 October 2005

Cut off the money!

Breaking the deadlock

Albertans must be prepared to act alone, confident that Canada needs Alberta more than Alberta needs Canada, and that Alberta’s brand of federalism is better for Canada than Ottawa’s.

Only a constitutional show of force by Alberta can break the political deadlock.

To force federal reform, Albertans must:

  • Choose a premier willing to confront Ottawa when Ralph Klein retires.

  • Move immediately to take control of all provincial jurisdictions that Alberta has contracted to the federal government -- especially policing, provincial income tax collection, and Alberta’s share of the Canada Pension Plan.

  • Bring a Resolution into the Legislature to amend the Canadian Constitution, to implement the triple-reform (an equal and elected Senate, federal spending restrictions, and a democratic brake on the courts -- see preceding).

For this to succeed, there must be an air about it of urgency and resolve. It can’t be just one thing on the new premier’s “to-do” list. It has to be Priority One.

When any province proposes a constitutional amendment, other Canadian governments have three years to consider it. To succeed it needs approval by both Houses of Parliament and at least six other provinces, including either Ontario or Quebec.

An Alberta amendment as far-reaching as the triple-reform will not be taken seriously by other governments. They will either vote it down or let the clock run out. At most they might convene a federal conference to discuss “western alienation” and to see what Quebec wants.

The government of Alberta must answer this inevitable indifference with a militant response.

At the appropriate time it should bring into the legislature a second Resolution, declaring that a “state of constitutional emergency” will exist if the amendment is refused. If Albertans agree in a referendum, this second Resolution could empower the provincial government to assume control of federal tax collection until the emergency is over.

Mechanically, this would be simple if Alberta had already taken charge of its own provincial income tax collection. The province would simply require companies and individuals to remit federal income tax deductions to the Alberta Treasury. Those who refuse would be prosecuted. Any who are penalized by Ottawa will be defended without charge by the province.

Ottawa would never accept this, of course. It would accuse Alberta of a UDI (unilateral declaration of independence). But what Ottawa says hardly matters as long as Alberta can successfully shut down federal tax collection. As soon as the income stream from Alberta is cut, Ottawa will find itself in a losing position.

For instance, what will Ontario do -- subsidize the entire federal system by itself?

What will Quebec and the Atlantic provinces do -- kiss goodbye to the resource wealth of the West, as Saskatchewan and British Columbia come on side with Alberta?

Money has a way of focusing the mind, and several factors will occur to the other provinces:

First, that Alberta is re-confederating Canada, not separating. Second, that Alberta (even more than Ontario) has always been generous, and will continue to be if the amendment goes through. Third, that there is nothing actually wrong with provincial equality in an elected Senate (like most comparable federations), democratic hegemony over the courts (like most democracies), and a restricted social and economic role for the federal government (as was originally intended).

After all, it’s not as though Ottawa’s long-term political bribery and intimidation have earned it respect and friendship among the receiving provinces.

This discussion could be helped along by Alberta once it controls the net $10 billion annual surplus Ottawa has been removing from the province.

Alberta could offer “adjustment funding” in reasonable amounts over reasonable periods of time to the less affluent provinces (it is ridiculous to call them “poor”).

The only condition might be that their level of private investment must go up (to create jobs), and their level of social dependency must go down.

Alberta could be creative and flexible. Its sole aim will be to get the other provinces standing on their own feet as soon as possible, whereas Ottawa’s interest has always been to perpetuate dependency on federal handouts financed by Albertans and Ontarians.

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