Alberta-B.C. dust-up forces Harper to rethink ideology

By: Frances Russell
Winnipeg Free Press – PRINT EDITION
Posted: 07/26/2012 1:00 AM

Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Ideologues always get tripped up by their ideology. Just look at Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Now that B.C. and Alberta are on the warpath, are you still on the side of provincial rights and the dubious doctrine of federal-provincial watertight compartments, Mr. Prime Minister?

The man who wanted to build a firewall around Alberta and won’t meet with the premiers because he’s bought the bogus provincial rights theory of Canadian Confederation for ideological reasons now finds himself in a political bind.

Not only are B.C. and Alberta at each other’s throats, their standoff is over his chief preoccupation — oil.

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