With this backdrop in mind, I found this turd of a column completely typical, completely caveman in its "provincial" attitude:
Meddling Dion got off lightly
For four long and glorious days Public Enemy No. 1 waltzes around Alberta.
He's allowed to promote his devious plan to suck $15 billion a year out of the country's "700 large final emitters" - a large number of whom form our hydrocarbon economy heartland.
And nobody lays a glove on him.
Meddling Dion? For cripes sake, the man is a Canadian, a national leader, how is it "meddling" to visit part of HIS country?? "He's allowed" to promote his devious plan, like a foreigner invading. I hate making generalizations, so take this as a partial opinion, but people like Neil Waugh represent the absolute WORST, and sadly it is people like him that are "allowed" to spread their nonsense to a fairly receptive audience.
Stephane Dion can tour Alberta for as long as he wants, it's HIS country. Anybody who wants to deal with GHG emissions is targeting Alberta, just like anybody who wants to deal with decreasing salmon stocks is targeting British Columbia, just like anybody that is targeting gun violence is targeting Ontario. Don't come into my backyard and preach your plan, it's your fault that 40% of the problem orginates here, back off buddy, who do you think you are? What an affront that a Canadian tours Canada pumping his ideas.
Wouldn't it be nice, if one day, Canadians could shed their insecurities and regional NARROWISM, coming to realize that there is a strange irony in watching the world get smaller, while we cling to our false perceptions based on nothing more than distance and stupid lines. Small people in a big country, surely we can do better.