Report Are you open to seperation? in Federal Politics Posted June 10, 2011 There was a LOT of work before Alberta saw the money! Nobody came up to them while they were sitting on their collective asses and just handed it to them. You're echoing the socialist fable that every rich man was just lucky and did nothing to earn his wealth. Hard work isn't enough Bill and it's disingenuous to suggest otherwise. If you don't have anything of great value to work hard at it won't do you any good. Wealth is a combination of hard work and in Alberta's case geographical luck. When Alberta was formed Oil was unknown and not valuable. The people in Alberta in 1905 were no less hard working, then those of today. Secondly, Alberta did not develop their resources in a vacuum. It was developed with the assistance and manpower of other provinces. Alberta had neither the population nor the resources to develop this on their own. Non-Albertans moved there to help develop the industry, I think it's all a little to easy for them to pat themselves on the back for a job well done. That's not the reality of the western narrative. The NEP was a terrible idea and hurt the west a great deal for the benefit of Ontario and Quebec. Ontarians forget/don't acknowledge that. By the same token, the West couldn't develop these resources on their own, but they now are reaping the benefits of them and it's easy for them to lose perspective on who contributed to the development. So Central Canada feels entitled to a piece of the pie because they helped them get where they are, forgetting that it was the hard work and resources of other provinces that helped Ontario get to where they are today. Alberta feels they were screwed over by central Canada, which they were, which upsets them to the point that they forget, that just maybe they do owe TROC gratitude at the very least for their assistance in developing the industry. Fact of the matter is there is hyperbole of the situation on both sides of the argument which has caused self perpetuating and long standing resentment. The issue is deeper than Oil and the NEP, it's truly about power. Ontario, has a strong and diverse economy, and the highest population in the country, as such they wield a great deal of power. Alberta has a stronger, if much less diverse economy but they still are number 4 in the country population wise. They lack the political clout to wield the power Ontario does in spite of their superior wealth. I would surmise this irks them a great deal .