VICTORIA — We Albertans can be enormously proud, I guess, of our continuing influence on the Dominion.
We surely must be the leading exporter of ridiculous, potentially destructive ideas in Canada.
Consider Andrew Wilkinson, hapless leader of British Columbia’s Liberals (who are really Conservatives) and his promise to B.C. voters yesterday to eliminate the province’s sales tax — which has been around so long in this place that nobody even notices it, let alone complains about it.
Well, any old port in a storm, I guess. B.C.’s New Democratic Party premier, John Horgan, was riding high in the polls when he called a snap election a week ago for Oct. 24, and for all of Dr. Wilkinson’s academic achievements (he’s both a physician and a lawyer) he seems to have the charisma of a damp squib.
Seemingly desperate, B.C.’s Opposition leader is only channeling generations of Alberta politicians who have been lecturing the rest of Canada’s provinces forever on how to run their affairs — you know, first win the lottery, refuse to raise enough money in taxes to keep the lights on and call it the local advantage, run the place on resource revenues till the boom goes bust, then blame the federal government for all your problems.
So why not give it a spin, Dr. Wilkinson must have thought. He seems unlikely to light the world afire otherwise, and they say having…