Thursday, October 23, 2003

What my old boss is up to

Link Byfield's new lobby group has launched a campaign to "Opt Alberta Out of the Canada Pension Plan".

Link writes:

The Citizens Centre and Alberta Residents League are working to advance what is now called the Alberta Agenda, which would see Alberta regain control of areas which fall under provincial jurisdiction but have been given up to Ottawa. These include a provincial police force to replace the RCMP, provincial personal income tax collection and a provincial pension plan.

"We want to initiate a province-wide discussion on this important issue," Byfield explained. "In addition to our radio campaign, we are holding public meetings across the province and encouraging the public to take a close look at the issue."

Fair enough, but wouldn't these things benefit the other Western provinces too, such as B.C., which had it's own provincial police force for many years? Indeed, when there was some grumblings amongst local politicians in B.C. that we return to a provincial police force to save money that we outlay on the RCMP I tried, unsucessfully, to suggest that The Report use this as a news peg to write about the issue.

Hopefully, Link will find ways to make these issues relevant to his former readers across the West. They sound like good ideas.

All that said, I do agree with Colby that Link has some unfinished business to take care of. Hopefully some of the pin money left over from this campaign will help with that.