If you want to understand why Alberta is different, just watch this video. We have attended many similar meeting in other Provinces over the years and seldom seen such thoughtful, calm, and well argued positions by members of the general public.
If you don’t have time to watch the full 20 minute highlight reel, we urge you to watch these four excellent segments that are each about 90 seconds long:
- Marnie Marr Accountant from Airdrie explains the Alberta experience from transfer payments to the CRA
- ‘Glen’ clears lays cout the general consensus view of the room
- Peter McCaffery from the Alberta Institute explains how large equalization payments have detrimental effects to the Provinces receiving the payments
- Franco Terrazzano Alberta Director of the Canadian Tax Payers Federation explain equalization payments
A broad range of perspectives were presented and without exception all were respectfully listened to. Those who wanted Alberta to leave Canadian Confederation immediately were countered by several speakers who discussed their desires to stay inside Canada with more than just platitudes.
The full unedited 110 minute video of the Alberta ‘Fair Deal Panel’ Town Hall in Airdrie is available HERE, but we cut out a few speakers who spent their two minutes on unrelated topics, the time between speakers and a few fumbles and repeats. We believe this video accurately reflects the tone of the room, all of the positions presented and some truly valuable insights.