February 20, 2020 – OTTAWA, ON – Today, Member of Parliament Glen Motz (Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner) joined fellow Alberta MP’s in releasing the ‘Buffalo Declaration’ in response to the national unity crisis and the economic devastation and ongoing job losses in Alberta.
“Albertans are questioning if confederation is broken. They feel disconnected from, and disrespected by, the rest of Canada. Many Canadians are either unaware of the struggles Albertans are facing or fail to understand the source of these frustrations.
I believe in a united Canada – however it must be a Canada united in fairness. In order to repair the cracks in our federation which threaten that unity, immediate action must be taken to permanently correct structural inequalities that are the cause of the disconnect between Alberta and the power class in eastern Canada.
The message we are hearing from our constituents across Alberta is that they expect to be treated equally and fairly. Enough is enough. This is a call to action.”
The recommendations contained in the Buffalo Declaration should be seriously considered by any leader who wants to ensure the future unity of Canada. They include recognizing that Alberta is not currently an equal partner in confederation, changing the equalization program, and measures to achieve regional balance in parliamentary representation.
We invite Albertans and fellow Canadians to join the dialogue and provide feedback and suggestions. The full list of recommendations, the structural issues that precipitated them, and opportunity for feedback can be found at www.buffalodeclaration.ca