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  •  Alberta the Texas of Canada (10+ / 0-)

    a large percentage of the population are US citizens or have dual citizenship, US/Canada. It is politically conservative. The Province had an ex talk show host as Premier for many years during which time he gave away much of the Province's natural resources.

    There's a book I read:
    TAR SANDS: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent

    The author is living in Edmonton, Alberta so the book gives you a perspective from a resident. So many Albertans earn their living in oil & gas that even if they feel terrible about the destruction they see they want to keep their jobs.

    To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 09:42:34 AM PDT

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    •  Having Conservatives run areas of (10+ / 0-)

      pristine wilderness is like letting four year olds with fingerpaints loose in a museum of fine art.

      "Compassion is the radicalism of our time." ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama -7.88, -6.21

      by Siri on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 09:56:50 AM PDT

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    •  with a real government, a strong government (4+ / 0-)

      not owned by dirty interests, you could employ those Albertans at wind farms.

      they don't have to lose their jobs. The people in WV don't have to lose their jobs either.

      Defending the theft of our freedom by the government is not a legitimate difference of opinion on a political matter -- it is a deeply un-American attitude that deserves nothing but scorn and derision.--Dallasdoc

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 10:22:52 AM PDT

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    •  Alberta, Americans, politics (5+ / 0-)

      Southern Alberta has one of the densest populations of U.S. citizens and dual citizens of just about anywhere in the world (outside the U.S., of course). This isn't based on census data, as far as I know. However, the consulate in Calgary has data on services provided to U.S. citizens, which is a guideline they use in estimate the number of Americans.

      But that's proportion-of-the-total-population dense, not total-numbers dense. The estimate I've heard from the U.S. consulate in southern Alberta is in the 50,000+ range.

      It isn't the American citizens in Alberta who are the greatest influence on the government's relationship with the oil and gas industry.

      It is the major corporations in that sector that operate in Alberta and may even be headquartered in Calgary. I am confident that they are generous in nudging elections to turn out the "right way."

      Just as Democrats have noted that the outcome of Congressional elections skewed Republican once Republicans controlled so much of the re-districting process, Albertans have noted that the boundaries for provincial elections reflect the party in power when they were drawn up.

      •  Thanks for the information. Of course it comes (3+ / 0-)
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        down to the corporations vs the people.

        I read a book 25 years ago by a First Nations writer, Leslie Marmon Silko

        To thine ownself be true

        by Agathena on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 11:00:25 AM PDT

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        •  my comment was truncated - here's the other half (3+ / 0-)
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          Leslie Marmon Silko wrote that although there have been great conflicts between the whites and the natives, in the future the conflict will be

          "the destroyers against the people"
          I think she predicted that corporations would become "the destroyers."

          Corporations aided and abetted by governments. vs the people.

          To thine ownself be true

          by Agathena on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 11:27:54 AM PDT

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