EDMONTON – In the manner of drug lords and street gang thugs claiming personal territory, politicians in two Canadian provinces yesterday puffed out their chests in a pretentious mise-en-scene and launched invective at each other across the border between them.
In a nutshell, Saskatchewan blustered about banning Alberta license plates from construction sites in the province and Alberta retaliated by name calling and threatening to take Saskatchewan to court. There are behind-the-scenes rumours that Alberta is now scheming to build a wall along the border between the two provinces, and charge Saskatchewan for it.
The self-serving spat, driven by inflated egos, which was captured and egged on by national media, was supposedly about protecting the interests of trade within their perceived fiefdoms. It coincidently also happens to be about which side might get first dibs on taxing said trade. Despite the preening displays about their respective fiat boundaries, neither argument has any more locally-endorsed legitimacy than, in hindsight, did former jurisdictional landholding claims by colonial powers.
These escalating trends of political posturing by elected officials to restrict freedoms and levy tax grabs, conducted under the guise of protecting public interests, are getting more and more tiresome.
Notwithstanding the inherent and overblown silliness of this particular interaction, both sides seemed also to have forgotten both their manners and the fact that they hold office solely by the good graces of the general public, which would be seriously inconvenienced and financially disadvantaged by such overreaching intrusion into people’s day to day lives. Source: FNT Staff
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