STATEHOOD 101 Newcomers to this cause ask common questions; here is a list of them with accompanying answers...
QUESTION: What about the Democrat/Biden win?
ANSWER: We are used to a parliamentary democracy where a prime minister with a majority has unbridled, dictatorial power. We have no equal and elected Senate to restrict the abuse of power. Also, having a majority of seats in Central/Eastern Canada gives that region electoral control, which it will never relinquish. Alberta will always experience a distinctly unequal federalism.
In contrast, America has three branches of government: the Legislative (House of Representatives and Senate), the Executive (President and his Cabinet), and the Judicial (Supreme Court and other federal judges). These branches provide rigorous checks and balances that preserve the Constitution and it’s amendments.
To amend the Constitution a 2/3 majority in both the House and Senate, plus support from 3/4 of the States is needed to ratify the change.
Presently 27 out of 50 states have Republican governors and 29 out of 50 state legislatures are controlled by Republicans, so it is highly improbable radical changes to the Constitution will occur.
And because most of the Democrats’ radical policies are unconstitutional they would fail a Supreme Court challenge.
QUESTION: Would America want us?
ANSWER: We possess the world’s third largest oil reserves (166 Billion barrels in reserve, compared to America’s 44 Billion barrels). Adding our reserves to America’s supply would put it in the range of Saudi Arabia, and neuter Russia and China. It is an economic/ geopolitical win for America.
Then to top it off, we have a young, hardworking populace, 2 major metropolitan cities, 2 universities (with internationally recognized Centres of Excellence), various performing arts venues and organizations. Plus we speak English.
QUESTION: What about healthcare?
ANSWER: Healthcare is a state’s right and responsibility. Most states offer both public and private care; Republican Mitt Romney, while governor of Massachusetts brought in a broadly based public system. Alberta would design a system specifically for Albertans.
QUESTION: What about my pension? ANSWER: Again, an Alberta Pension Plan could be created; plus there is an American pension program.
Negotiations with Canada to have pensioners’ CPP investment transferred into the American plan would take place.
Demographically, we are the youngest province in Canada by a long shot, while Central/Eastern Canada is rapidly aging. Therefore, we are huge net contributors to the CPP. Reversing this outflow and keeping it in Alberta would mean bigger provincial/state pensions for our elderly.
QUESTION: Will people want to come (or leave) Alberta if it became a state?
ANSWER: Historical change usually creates mass migration. Many people from across Canada will return/come to Alberta for the rightly perceived advantages of freedom and opportunity that statehood offers. A smaller number of people will leave.
This influx of people will be a huge boast to Alberta businesses (housing market, service industries, recreation).
QUESTION: Can I retain my Canadian citizenship? ANSWER: American does not require naturalized citizens to relinquish their prior citizenship. Retaining Canadian citizenship may or may not be offered; it would be negotiable.
QUESTION: What about paying our share of Canada’s debt?
ANSWER: It will be argued that Alberta is a net contributor to Canada financially and has been for decades.
Remember too that our federal debt is in Canadian dollars; as would be our portion of it. Because America’s population/economy is so much larger than Canada’s, our debt would be viewed by America as incidental. It would be included in negotiations.
QUESTION: Who will be eligible to vote on a separation/statehood election?
ANSWER: This will be determined by our provincial government, but to avoid outside influences, most probably only Alberta (adult) residents will be allowed to vote. However, there will be a “length of residency” restriction, for instance having to be resident in Alberta for 6 months or a year.
Alberta ex-patriots living outside of Canada might be granted the right to vote, but it is not a given.
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