"In one sentence, Drew Barnes said more than the entire legislature – including his own party’s caucus."
It is getting increasingly difficult for the media and political classes to dismiss the independence movement any longer.
Constitutions are more than legal documents. They are also symbols.
"Without transferring a net $20 billion a year to Ottawa, we would retain the freedom to either increase our own spending ... or to drastically cut...
A reader says that the premier and panel is wrong to take independence off the table.
If Albertans were expecting their government to do battle with Ottawa, well, they got dressed up for nothing.
Barnes, who is also a member of the Fair Deal Panel, said the Buffalo Declaration echoes what he's been hearing at the consultations around the province.
Barnes' unplugged statement didn't just break with the political orthodoxy, but with the strict message discipline that strangles MLAs in both of Alberta's major parties.