Alberta – history trivia

I just listened to the CBC The House podcast. The host interviewed former Alberta Premier Lougheed and he is calling for Alberta to take more of a leadership position in Canada – on the environment and other issues. He said that at some point in Alberta’s past, the province actually lent money from the Heritage Fund to other provinces.

Wow. Now the voice out of Alberta are mostly crapping on the poor provinces.

Times have changed. Imagine if Alberta loaned New Brunswick a few billion to help with self-sufficiency (at low interest of course).

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  1. nbt says:

    [Lougheed’s] still bitter over Trudeau not inviting his province to the three man kitchenette party at the hotel in Ottawa (Chretien, Romanow and McMurtry) where the beginnings of an eventual “secret deal” were discussed on the patriation of the constitution (and the amending formula).

    And who can blame him.

  2. Anonymous says:


    ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Premier Danny Williams says Canada’s smaller provinces should be worried after Prime Minister Stephen Harper told him he doesn’t need Newfoundland and Labrador’s support to win a future federal election.

    When the two Conservative leaders met Nov. 30 in St. John’s, Harper offered “a very telling” comment Williams hasn’t previously disclosed that showed Harper’s disdain for the province, Williams said.

    “At one point during that meeting he said to me, ‘I don’t need Newfoundland and Labrador to win an election,’ ” Williams said Monday.

    “I didn’t respond to that at the time. I let it go in the interests of having a cordial meeting. I perceived it as an attempt to bait me into confrontation during that meeting and the bait was not taken.”

    A spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office denied the premier’s accusation.

    “It never happened,” Dimitri Soudas said.

    Williams said smaller provinces should take note of Harper’s comment.

    “If that’s his attitude and he doesn’t feel that Newfoundland and Labrador is significant because it only has seven seats, then provinces like Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, the territories and others have to be very, very concerned if they don’t fill his political appetite,” he said.

    Williams and Harper have been locked in a bitter feud for more than a year over the province’s ability to retain its offshore oil revenues.

    After their meeting, Williams asked Harper for $10 billion in compensation over 15 years for breaking a promise over the equalization program.

    When they met for the first ministers meeting Friday in Ottawa, Harper indicated his response to the request won’t be favourable, Williams said.

    “As I was going into the door he said basically, these aren’t his exact words, by the way you will have a response to my letter hopefully next week,” he said.

    “The general gist of what he is saying … is that he wasn’t leaning our way.”

    Williams said he doesn’t expect the people in the province will vote for the Conservatives in the next election.

    “I think the people of Newfoundland and Labrador will clearly state to … the Conservative Party of Canada that they’re not going to electing any candidates,” he said.

    “I will be very strongly, strongly advocating that, that there be no Conservative candidates elected in this province.”