June 5th, 2020

City council is standing up for Alberts

By Letter to the Editor on May 11, 2019.

Well, well. Finally, someone is standing up for Alberta with action rather than words. A big thank you to Mayor Ted Clugston and Medicine Hat city council for boycotting the municipal government chinwag in Quebec. I believe you spoke for the vast majority of citizens of our fair city, who applaud you for your gutsy stand.

For some time now I have refused to purchase anything from Quebec (e.g. cheese and other dairy products). Holiday trips to B.C. a big no and buying anything from B.C. a last resort.

To those who foolishly say Alberta should talk more – plead and beg to those who are totally self-centered and only care about their own province. I think Rachel Notley is a nice person. She talked the talk for four years. Alison Redford talked the talk before Notley. All the sweet talk fell on deaf ears. Both learned that if you follow Marquis of Queensbury rules in a back alley fight, you are going to get kicked in the crotch! The time for pleading and begging for reason is over. Quebec and B.C. politicians have proven they don’t give a tinker’s damn for Alberta. Albertans are proud.

No other province comes anywhere close to Alberta when it comes to generously giving to the rest of Canada. Alberta is being bullied. The only way to stop a bully is give “him” a bloody nose. So, Premier Jason Kenney, do what you have to do. It’s much more appealing than surrendering to servitude and shame.

We are counting on you, premier. It’s time for action!

John MacLaren

Medicine Hat

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3 Responses to “City council is standing up for Alberts”

  1. ascott says:

    Who is served by taking this stance. A lacik of dialoge on this question is foolish at best and more likely quite damaging. Confotation never solves anything. It just makes the protaganists dig in deeper with no compromise being reached. A bad move by city council

  2. Les Landry says:

    I agree with AUMA President Barry Morishita.
    Why AUMA will not boycott the FCM Conference in Quebec
    Message from AUMA President Barry Morishita
    For the past several weeks, I have heard a lot of chatter about municipalities considering boycotting the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) conference taking place in Quebec, including the City of Medicine Hat, who recently announced their decision not to attend.

    While I respect their decision, it is unfortunate they have chosen to forego the event based on the comments made by Quebec Premier Francois Legault. We should not assume Premier Legault’s words hold true for the municipal leaders in Quebec. There are many times municipalities in our province disagree with the provincial government. In fact, much of the advocacy work we do at AUMA is based on trying to get our own government to understand the municipal perspective, to acknowledge our role, to realize how the decisions they make impact our communities, and that the provincial voice is not our voice.

    Attending FCM in Quebec is an opportunity to have peer-to-peer conversations with leaders across Canada about responsible resource development – both renewable and non-renewable. It’s not just about oil and gas. It’s not just about pipelines. AUMA, along with Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA), Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA), and other municipal associations across Canada are coming together to coordinate the Support Canadian Energy campaign as part of the FCM conference. We are doing this to set the framework for us to engage in two-way conversations with other leaders across the country, not only to hear the Alberta perspective but for us to hear their perspectives as well.

    A respectful debate cannot happen if we are not all at the table. We cannot learn and understand from each other if we shut down the conversation before it can even occur. Boycotting FCM is taking a firm position and saying there is no interest in participating in a respectful debate in pursuit of achieving a common understanding about how resource development – not just oil and gas – benefits and impacts our communities.

    From my travels last summer, I saw how different the communities are within the province, and yet in many ways, we are the same. The same is true in communities across this country. We all have unique perspectives that are important to share, and some of those perspectives will differ greatly. But we need to understand those differences so we can create an understanding of how we – as municipal leaders – can support a responsible energy industry that benefits our communities and Canada as a whole.

    That the FCM conference is in Quebec is merely location. What is key is coming together to have these conversations, regardless of where they occur. We need to build bridges, not walls. Everything that happens in Canada happens in our communities, and it is important we have a role in the conversations regarding all resource development.

    THank you,
    Barry Morishita


  3. banjokaz says:

    Gutsy stand??? This is a childish and cowardly temper tantrum, at best. It’s embarrassing to Medicine Hat that our elected officials would sooner flip off their national counterparts than sit down with them and tout the benefits of working with us. As always Medicine Hat chooses to whine and complain instead of doing anything even remotely constructive to solving the issue.

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