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Alberta Oilfield worker living in Ontario feeling overwhelmed

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Submitted by Teddy Smith from London, Ontario

 

I just thought I’d share a bit with what’s going on in my life.  I’ve worked the service rigs for 20 years+, had some absolutely amazing times, met some truly awesome people, but most importantly I was doing a job I was in love with.  The pride that I got from doing a job I knew drove the world was a fantastic feeling.

In October of 2018 my 74 yr old mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and in December my 84 year old father passed away.

Coupled with the 100% debilitating federal and provincial government towards our pristine oil fields I found myself out of work for the first time in my rigging career.  I decided to sell almost everything I own and pack up and move myself, my wife and my dogs in with my mother to help look after her.  She lives in London, Ontario.

My heart is Albertan.  My soul bleeds oil and I am truly feeling overwhelmed by the overall general sense of ‘suck it up’ Alberta that I get from the general population of people here in Ontario.  Every person I talk to here in Ontario has absolutely no idea what it’s like to work in the patch, no respect for what we do and all they come back with is you got paid really good money to do what you did, you should have set money aside for a rainy day… well how the hell to you do that with it’s been pouring for the last 5 years???

The people in Ontario don’t care how Albertans feel.  They make fun of us on This Hour Has 22 Minutes.  They don’t understand and they are unwilling to learn how we have the most ethical, cleanest, safest oil in the world.

There comes a time when one says I’ve had enough!!

I want to see us stop importing oil and using 100% Canadian refined oil and gas.

We need the media outlets to stop twisting Alberta’s story and get the truth out there.

We need to stop the indoctrination of youth in our school system into thinking oil is bad.

We definitely need to stop the equalization payments.

I want our voices to be hear loud and clear and it’s NOT happening here.  The word is not getting out!

People need to stop stifling our clean oil!!! I don’t understand at all, it’s truly heart breaking.

This is coming from someone that lives, breathes Alberta but due to tragic circumstances I’m being suffocated here in Ontario and I’m asking for help.  Help me help the province that has given me the best times of my life.  Help me save ALBERTA!

Canadian energy needs more faces showing the plight of our disgruntled energy workers in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia.

I am by no means a politician just a very humbled righand who chose to make his family’s personal life very public in the Hope’s of providing a better understanding to the uneducated/misinformed masses of the east in regards to the current state of our great western provinces.

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Alberta’s “Fair Deal Panel” in Red Deer tonight

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From the Province of Alberta

Fair Deal Panel town hall set for Red Deer

Alberta’s Fair Deal Panel will hold its second open town hall meeting in Red Deer on Dec. 9.

The Fair Deal Panel is consulting Albertans on how best to define and secure a fair deal for the province. They’re exploring ideas that give the province a bigger voice within the federation, increase power over areas of provincial jurisdiction and advance vital economic interests.

The Red Deer town hall will be held on Monday, Dec. 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Westerner Park Prairie Pavilion. Seating capacity is limited so participants should register to attend.

Albertans are encouraged to attend local town hall sessions and share their vision of how Alberta can achieve a fairer deal. Additional town hall locations and dates are being confirmed.

All Albertans will have the opportunity to provide their input online and through other forms of direct feedback as the panel conducts its public consultations until Jan. 30, 2020. More information on how to participate is available at www.fairdeal.ca.

In addition to receiving input from Albertans, the Fair Deal Panel will consult with policy experts and undertake research to inform its recommendations. The panel will complete its report to the government by March 31, 2020.

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Does the world need more Canadian energy?

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Canada Action is trying to reach at least 750,000 people with their Stand Strong With Canada message.

As part of Todayville’s #visionCanada2119 project we’d like to share in this conversation.

Does this make you feel proud?  Is this a campaign you can get behind by forwarding to your various social media accounts?  Is this a step backwards?

We’ve opened comments on this post and we invite your strong and well intentioned opinions.

Please feel free to forward this post to your social media accounts.. and let us know how it goes.

Message From CanadaAction.ca

SHARE THIS VIDEO AND STAND STRONG WITH CANADA

Canada is a leader in protecting people and the planet – a fact that should be known by every single Canadian.

So, we need your help to get our video to 750,000 views across all platforms by sharing this link with staff, friends, family, and on social media!

We are no longer apologizing – a future in energy and a future in the environment are not mutually exclusive.

The world needs us. We are Canadian energy — and we are proud!

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