|Alberta Statehood Party|
The Alberta Statehood Party is a provincial party. We are in the long process of registering and certifying the party through the provincial elections authority.
The party's aim is clear: 'To secede from Canada, seeking statehood in USA.'Why not autonomy within Canada? Why not complete and total independence?
All are good questions. The list is long, but statehood in the USA is the best option for now and for our grandchildren well into the future. To list a few advantages, not all inclusive:
Alberta became a Canadian province in 1905, with very limited representation in the federal government. Nothing has changed. Whereas our ancestors suffered under tariffs on manufactured goods from Central Canada and a railway monopoly, today we suffer from unreasonable laws that restrict our oil industry. Our present recession is simply a repeat of the one caused by the National Energy Program (1980–1985). As a result, Alberta has never, and will never, reach its potential economically. Central Canada will never give up it’s power and control over other provinces.
Becoming a state solves all of Alberta’s problems:
87% (2018) of Alberta’s exports go to the United States, making it our major trading partner. If Alberta was a state, it would never face American tariffs or border closures, nor could we lose our only customer.
Alberta would get it’s oil to tidewater at world, rather than discounted prices. An independent Alberta has no guarantee of that. The UN Convention does not guarantee such; only recommends negotiations with the transiting country. It is very unlikely either the USA or Canada would negotiate with an independent Alberta.
The elimination of provincial fiscal transfers, including equalization payments. If Alberta remains in Canada its payments will continue to increase, due to the rapid aging of Central Canada.
Lower taxes and no carbon taxes.
Statehood would create a massive influx of investment (estimates are a minimum of $2 Billion —$4 Billion initially).
Alberta would gain fair representation in America’s federal government, which has 3 equal branches designed to promote strong checks and balances on power.
Alberta would have the right and responsibility to create its own Constitution, Health Care and Pension Plan for the people by the people. Also, with increased economic activity and the elimination of fiscal transfers, pensions and healthcare funding would increase.
Strong state rights protected by the US Constitution would allow Alberta to
pass laws on, for example:
• the legalization of marijuana
• the death penalty
• assisted suicide
• gun control