I found this old article and found it worth placement in my blog. I hope, dear reader, that you consider how little has changed in the 34 years since it was written and what it says about Canada.
Following is an excerpt from an article written by Ted Byfield, and published in the Edmonton Sun on September 2, 1984:
“Like Alberta, B.C. is a resource producing province. The source of its wealth and prosperity is obvious to a school child. As the pulp, paper and lumber markets go, as the coal markets go, as the fishing season and market go, as Prairie grain goes, so goes B.C. Just as grain, gas and oil will decide the present and future of Calgary and Edmonton.
Now the point is that the federal government intrudes itself into the economics of these fields more decisively than any other factor. The feds negotiate the tariffs, the feds (since Trudeau any way) set the gas and oil prices; the feds sell the grain; the feds regulate the fishery; the feds control transport on both railways and harbors. In other words, whether the resource regions live, breathe and eat depends largely on the feds. But and here is the point the federal politicians in no sense whatever depend upon the resource regions. They are elected by, and they therefore understandably serve, the populous consumer region of central Canada, the region that elects them.
And the people in this region neither know nor care about the production and marketing of natural resources. Can the Toronto factory worker be expected to concern himself intimately with the fishing limits on the B.C. coast? Can an insurance actuary in London, Ont., be expected to worry about the Crow Rate? Is a Windsor automobile worker likely to vote on the basis of natural gas or newsprint exports? Hardly.
However, his concern can be aroused detrimentally. Promise him Alberta oil at half price and he’ll go for it. Tell him you’ll restrict the importation of Japanese cars and the only cost maybe a cut back in Japanese imports of Saskatchewan grain or B.C. coal, but what does he care about that? And it is his vote, not that of the Kelowna fruit grower, with which Misters Turner, Mulroney and Broadbent must concern themselves because there are so many more of him than there are of us.
The fact is increasingly known and appreciated in British Columbia as it is in Alberta. And unless the foreseeable Mulroney government somehow contends with it, other than by talk, the division of East from West is merely a matter of time.”
So ask yourself and others in your midst, what has changed? Are we better off than we were 34 years ago? The mainstream media and the Liberal Party apparatchik that is the CBC and Toronto Star declared Western separatism dead with the election of another Trudeau. Were they right? And if they were right, what does it say about how the West is regarded?