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It was all very discreet of course.
The consul asked Kesler to keep this meeting completely confidential. He claims to have so far honoured that request. But now — 37 years later — he thinks what happened in that session may have important bearing for Albertans today.
“It was quite strange. They drove me in an unmarked vehicle through to a back entrance of the consulate on Eighth Avenue that I didn’t even know existed. I was then escorted up to a very “presidential” corner office on the penthouse floor. As the consul greeted me, I was shocked to see on his desk a large file folder — at least two inches thick — with my name on it.”
Kesler remembers commenting, “Boy, am I that interesting to you?” To which the consul replied, “We’ve followed you very closely and feel you would be an ally of the United States, but somebody else is sure interested in you. We made one phone call to the RCMP and that’s what they sent us. Evidently, you’re a really interesting fellow as far as they are concerned.” Kesler remembers the remainder of their hour-long interview focusing mainly on clarifying his party’s future positions relating to trade with the United States should his provincial party form the government that fall.
Meanwhile, media coverage on Kesler and his fledgling party following his astonishing election win went from none at all to a full-on blistering attack from almost every media source in the province save one: Alberta Report Newsmagazine. “Your Dad and brother Link always gave us a fair shake,” said Kesler. A reporter for the Calgary Herald at the time later informed Kesler of “things going on at the highest levels of his paper behind the scenes to destroy me that rocked me to the core. Some were absolutely shocking. They were serious about getting rid of us — whatever it took.” This smear campaign evidently accomplished its alleged objective, since Kesler and his fellow candidates lost all 79 races that November.
Those were the days, all right. It was a different world, although it’s hard to dodge the ways in which the issues for Alberta were very much the same. “Teflon Ron” Reagan was entering his second year as President of the United States. Alberta families were struggling with the devastating economic crash that followed Prime Minister Trudeau’s massive tax grab known as the “National Energy Program” (or NEP, which pirated revenues from oil and gas but excluded all other forms of energy — notably hydro). Despite almost no media coverage to fuel it, Western Canadian alienation had reached critical mass which is what got Kesler elected.
Back then, the economic devastation in Alberta caused by Trudeau’s NEP proved too much for the young political renegade to bear. So Kesler helped found the Western Canada Concept, a party whose main objective was that the four westernmost provinces leave behind their confederation-enforced subservience and forge a brand new future as the independent nation of Western Canada.
Kesler’s logic was that, as it is with all colonies, Canada had been founded with full economic power bestowed by Britain to a triad of city states: Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. In essence, the British North America Act destined all Canadians living in outlying regions to forever be “hewers of wood and drawers of water.” Whenever one of those outside areas began to prosper the powers invested in the BNA act enabled these three cities to inevitably “transfer” their wealth. Realistically, nothing would ever change this fundamental inequality of regions. Nothing that is, except a declaration of independence.
When Kesler looks at Alberta’s situation today, what would he recommend? Another Western Canada Concept? Separation? Kesler had four main points to make:
Gordon Kesler continues to act on his political values by having moved to the United States (although he still maintains dual citizenship status).
One may not agree entirely with his views but still find his political insights helpful, particularly when pondering what to do in our current political climate. What’s the harm in approaching President Trump to better understand what he might bring to the table?
Christians might also bear in mind that personal freedoms in the United States (religion, speech, parental rights, etc.) appear far better protected south of the border than in Canada. This is especially true now, in light of the unfortunate Supreme Court of Canada decision last year to deny graduates of Trinity Western University’s new law school the right to practice in many provinces.
One thing is clear. Prime Minister Trudeau “The Second” is either incapable or unwilling to address our province’s economic needs. His actions to sabotage the economic engine of both Alberta and much of Canada are tragic; at best incompetent and at worst malevolent. Many Albertans feel helpless since our future as an independent, landlocked nation would only make matters worse. However, perhaps it is wise to set aside national pride for a moment and reasonably consider all the pros and cons of Alberta becoming the 51st state. One thing is for sure. The more Albertans do, the more likely Ottawa is to finally sit up and take notice.
This article is originally from [CHRIAS.org] The only separatist ever elected to the Legislature speaks out on what Albertans should do now