A hundred and fifty years ago the many peoples of Ruperts Land were sold to Canada along with the land, resources, and their growing industry.
When Canada met resistance Canadians used pointy rifles and short ropes for long falls until people fell in line, or just fell. There was no vote, there were lies and broken promises. The West and North was never meant to be anything more than a colony of Canada. Western Provinces and the NWMP were created to separate and control.
Today Western Canada is still a colony. The West struggles under different rules and different representation than Canada the province (Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec). As a colony the West has to pay more and get less in return. Less support for our people, industry, cultures, hopes and dreams.
In Confederation the West will always be poorer, will never be allowed to develop because Canada knows that Ruperts Land with it's many resources, including historical ocean ports on Hudson Bay, would be a rival to Canada economically and politically.
I believe we can have a new and better relationship with Canada but to be treated as an adult in that relationship we must first leave home and take on adult responsibilities.
The Alberta Independence Party has a key role to play in making a better future, a better relationship with Canada. I would encourage all Canadians to help and support this new future and the AIP.