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If I Wanted To Be a Dictator….

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If I were the Prime Minister of Canada, I’d likely find the democratic process to be restrictive and cumbersome to my ambitions. No matter how beneficial my proposed policies, there would always be some half-wit squawking in opposition to implementing my vision of what Canada could, and should be.

If I were Canada’s PM, I might admire the efficiency of other Governments, and/or systems of Governance which allow their leaders to create the society they believe is best for them. A society of fairness and ecological responsibility is in the best interests of all Global citizens, and if the United Nations were in control of the world, all would benefit.

If my father was a Politician, and I grew up without ever having to worry about money, I might view small business owners as greedy little tyrants who exploit their staff by only offering minimum wage.  I might believe that Capitalism is greatly flawed, and that individual freedoms obstruct my vision of what society should be.  I might find a way to alter the system so that small businesses are run by the government, but without calling it fascism. 

If my father was an admirer of the Communist Regimes, I might be influenced to share in his admiration. 

If I wanted to be a dictator, I would have to either create an emergency, or I would have to be lucky enough to have an emergency occur during my reign as Prime Minister.  Only with a national sense of emergency would the Canadian public allow me to expand my ministerial power.  The greater the sense of fear felt by the public, the more accepting they will be of my expanding powers. Under the Emergency Measures Act, I would be able to achieve my goals.

If I wanted to be a dictator, I would relish the emergency and do everything I could to prolong the crisis for as long as possible.  The longer the crisis lasts, the more my power could expand. 

If I wanted to be a dictator, I’d have to “sell” the idea to people in such a way that they resist as little as possible. I would loudly condemn any criticism of authoritarian governments that are operating in a fashion that I would prefer to operate. 

If I was determined to become a dictator, I would proclaim my moral superiority over my adversaries, so as to condemn any dissent as immoral. 

I would place strong restrictions on social media and protests by limiting both free speech and the right of assembly.   I would call these freedoms “Dangerous to the public good”. 

I would implement new laws to limit liberties which I would call “temporary”, but in reality, they will be no more temporary than income tax was during its “temporary” implementation after World War 2. 

At the earliest opportunity, I would seize as many firearms as possible from the public, so as to minimize the possibility of armed resistance. I would find a way to make the seizure of arms appear to be in their best interests. 

If I was determined to be a dictator, much of the public would need to be on my side. To that end, I would provide government funding for them which circumstance would force them to accept.  After just a few months, they would become dependent on the Government relief funding.  The more dependent they become, the more compliant they will be. The more compliant they are, the more my power can expand. Love me, or hate me, they won’t want to risk losing the funding which allows them to survive. 

If I were to be a dictator, I would hire a tech firm to mine the internet for data that would identify potential resistors.  The list would reveal both those with the most influence, and those who could lead an armed resistance.  I would start by monitoring all Army veterans, especially those with combat experience who are the most outspoken. 

I would create as much tension and civil unrest as possible, so as to foster a volatile social environment. The more volatile, the more likely it would be for a “trigger event” to happen.  Once a trigger event occurs, such as an armed response, or a violent protest, then I would have the excuse I would need to implement martial law. Under martial law, I would have all the tools I required to institute a permanent dictatorship.

To maintain my power, I would have a zero-tolerance policy for any and all dissent. Anyone who would question my authority would be immediately labelled as conspiracy theorists, arrested, and jailed for “subversive activity.”  Only with absolute control over the masses, would I be able to re-create our entire society into what I know to be “the right way”.

Our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and other world leaders are currently on the path to absolute power. Now is the time to ask ourselves, …are we OK with this?  If not, what are we prepared to do so that we can avoid this dark potential future?

Mark E. Meincke
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The news, which fell on Alberta’s increasingly restless population of unemployed workers and struggling families, many of whom believe Alberta has been left out in the cold for far too long already, has fueled ongoing discussions of a provincial brain drain. 

Simply put, brain drain is defined as “the departure of educated or professional people from one country, economic sector or field, usually for better pay or living conditions”. Recent statistics show this concept is rapidly gaining traction in Alberta as residents seek to escape the increasingly grim economic landscape to pursue opportunities elsewhere, beyond the provincial borders. 

As Canada’s largest producer of oil and natural gas, Alberta is no stranger to the boom and bust nature of the industry, experiencing cyclical periods of economic prosperity influenced by global conditions followed by detrimental crashes and ensuing hard times. Prior to this year, Alberta experienced a major economic crash in 2015, with the Canadian oil and gas industry suffering a $91 billion loss in revenue and layoffs reaching 35,000 workers in Alberta alone (1).

In the last 5 years, countless Albertans have struggled to regain their footing on shaky economic and political grounds, suffering substantial losses and insecurity. In this setting, the catastrophic impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with pipeline delays and ongoing cuts in the Canadian oil and gas sector have left many Albertans with the feeling of being kicked while already down. 

According to the Government of Alberta Economic Dashboard, the price of oil for many Alberta oil producers fell 36.6% from September 2019, averaging $28.43 USD per barrel in September 2020, according to the Western Canada Select (WCS) price. The coinciding unemployment rate in Alberta was 11.7% in September 2020, down from its 15.5% spike in May 2020, but still 6.6% higher than in September 2019 (2).  

At this point, it seems a number of Albertans have simply had enough. According to The Alberta Annual Population Report 2019/20, “Alberta’s interprovincial migration patterns are heavily influenced by the economic conditions in the province, and as the economy cooled, the province experienced net outflows.” The report shows that 2,733 residents left Alberta between April and June 2020. 

The loss of another 2,150 oil and gas jobs as a result of the Cenovus merger comes as a disappointing yet predictable defeat for industry workers who have remained “down on their luck” for many years in Alberta. Effectively decimating industries worldwide, the pandemic has also successfully pulled the rug from beneath Alberta’s shaky footing, tanking oil and gas once more and leaving countless skilled workers with nowhere to go but out.

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