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Canada Day in Ottawa. It was supposed to be a day of celebration. A day of contemplation, conversation, and something else that begins with ‘c.’ Instead, we find ourselves stunned by the utter hubris of our not commander-in-chief (that’s the Queen). In what was supposed to be a show of unity, the Prime Minister shouted the names of every province from his lofty pedestal in Ottawa, claiming “we may live in British Columbia, Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia or Newfoundland and Labrador. But we embrace that diversity while knowing in our hearts that we are all Canadians.”

No, Mr. Prime Minister. Clearly, we aren’t all Canadians. This country has an ugly history of disregarding and disenfranchising the collective spirit of the Albertan people. For too long, they have been ignored by Ottawa, despite being integral to the beautiful tapestry of the nation which our dear leader claims to love to fervently. When will it end, Mr. Prime Minister? When will you acknowledge that Albertans are treated like second-class citizens in our society?

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel took to Facebook–where all the most impactful activists are–and quickly denounced the Prime Minister’s failure to acknowledge the plight of the Albertan people. “On the day we celebrate unity, on the day we celebrate the things that make us better because we’re a strong and united country, he forgot our province.” declared Rempel courageously.

150 years. This beautiful nation has graced the continent with its presence for a century and a half. By the grace of what only could be described as divine providence, the peoples of British North America came together in the common ideal of peace, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness peace, order, and ‘good government.’

Still, I, like all Canadians, can be forgiving. This nation is great not only because of our glorious past, but our ability to reconcile it with the changing attitudes of the present. It is my hope that the Prime Minister issues an official apology, and works with the community leaders of Alberta to bring them back into the fold of Canada as an equal partner.

Albertans–you will not be forgotten.

ps: Did anyone see that tepee thing on Parliament Hill? What was that about?

  • Barry A Moulds

    If he had have omitted Quebec ….. No one would say anything …

  • Brian Ringland

    “Nation Reeling”??? What a joke. Those of us with common sense don’t care. However, at the same time we should not make light of the “Plight of the Albertan”. They built this country. Without Alberta we are nothing. It doesn’t matter that I pay $1.30 a litre for gas – that didn’t come from Alberta. It doesn’t matter that their provincial governments figured the oil money would never run dry and forget to diversify their economy. It doesn’t matter that most Albertans are still mad at a liberal dude from yester-year who tried to make Canadian oil a “Canadian” commodity, to be bought and sold to and by Canadians. None of that matters. What matters is Justin forgot to mention us!!! What kind of oil are you Albertans smoking anyhow?

  • Colt Haugen

    I’d like to think as Albertans and Canadians we’re above such petty things as worrying about a name drop. Nobody is “reeling” and that’s a sensationalist stance to take on the matter.. I bet 95% of Albertans who were watching the address didn’t even notice or care. The people in this country who actually do get treated like second class citizens, our Native and Indigenous brothers and sisters were actually addressed by our PM. I mean really? Reeling? lol

  • mjh49783ab

    Nation reeling? Give it up! Only in the minds of the lunatic fringe, would an honest error turn into some sort of weird provincial persecution complex, from the same feeble minds that still believe this is 1981.

    Also from the same minds that had a problem with the teepee on Parliament hill, it would seem. Persecution, they say? Tell it to the indigenous people here that actually were persecuted.