But I’m also from Alberta, and I have something to say about separation.
The results of Monday’s election are beyond disheartening for me though they are really not a surprise at all. I said months ago that this result, a Liberal minority government with Justin Trudeau remaining the Prime Minister of Canada, would be the absolute worst case scenario for Canada and will prove to be particularly devastating to Alberta and Saskatchewan.
I also said that I would work hard towards the cause of separation if this should ever happen. While I remain strongly in favor of separation, there is another group that needs me far more right now. Thousands of Canadian veterans are in desperate need of help right now and I am would like to reach as many of them as I possibly can.
Many of our men and women in uniform suffered brain damage because of a drug they were ordered to take. A drug that was known to be dangerous and that was obtained by the military under fraudulent circumstances. Since they began using this drug in 1992, over 1,000 veterans have committed suicide and I have no doubt that mefloquine has played a role in a majority in them.
The separatist movement has a lot of supporters and is championed by many. The same cannot be said of our veterans though and they need every bit of support that they can get. In the grand scheme of things I will be able to make more of a difference by focusing my attention and efforts on them, rather than separation.
It is my fervent hope that the government will figure out a solution to this crisis, and can work out a deal that will be fair and equitable. I don’t hold out much hope that this will happen any time soon, if at all, and so Alberta must be prepared to act to make sure its interests are taken care of.
In the meantime I will continue to do what I can to make sure that the best interests of our heroes are taken care of.