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CACOR ZOOM Conference 16 December 2020 by Ruben Nelson
December 11, 2020 @ 08:00 - December 16, 2020 @ 15:00
Alberta: What’s Going On and Why It Matters to Canadians
We know that if you stress and startle grizzly bears, rattle snakes or people, they all tend to behave badly. Today, Albertans are more stressed than any time in their history. Signs are also emerging that Albertans are getting set to behave badly, even very badly, as a province within Canada. At best, we may face a tempest in a very large teapot. At worst, a culture war that could break-up our country.
As of today, neither Albertans nor other Canadians are prepared for a decade which may be far darker than, “There go those rich Albertans again, complaining that being richer than the rest of us is not enough. They always want more.”
Ruben Nelson, Executive Director, Foresight Canada will walk us through the extraordinary degrees of stress now being experienced in Alberta, some of Alberta’s unique history, and the forces that are now gathering strength; forces which may lead to a Canadian version of the American Civil War, with Alberta playing the role of the “new” South.
Ruben was born and raised in Alberta. He has watched Alberta morph from the province in which he was born – a poor country cousin to a far more prosperous Saskatchewan — into an economic powerhouse on which Canada came to depend, and take for granted.
Given a decade at Queen’s University, two in Pierre Trudeau’s Ottawa and a year in India, Ruben has learned see both Canada and Alberta in the context of human problematique