By Lethbridge Herald on October 27, 2023.
One of the sad truths is it’s always easier to con people when you’re telling them something that they want to believe.
Whether it’s the lottery numbers have to come up your kid’s birthdates, your street address, and your lucky number seven, or, your great grandmother really did have an affair with that African prince and now you’re in line for a slice of that Nigerian oil money, or whatever other improbability you can imagine, it makes it easier to run a con if the mark’s already buying into the yarn.
So when Danielle Smith starts touting a raid on the Canada Pension Plan she’s aiming the hustle at those people who have got themselves convinced that Alberta has been getting a raw deal out of Confederation and, if it weren’t for the Trudeau Liberals Calgary would be able to take its rightful place as the Luxembourg of North America. It’s the old Alberta Firsters and the Firewall Letter and and that gang of chancers that came out of the U of C political science department back in the 1980s, that curdled mixture of resentment and thwarted ambition which has been such a part of conservative politics for so long now. Even when the numbers don’t add up, or in this case, are pretty well imaginary, the chimera of all that lovely pension fund money just out there for the taking is going to haunt the imaginations of all those alienated separatists who so so much want the story to be so. And so, to all those who are buying into this …If it ever happens, I’ve a bridge I want to sell you.