Not sure what this has to do with media but, since it's under the auspices of the Canadian Journalism Foundation, it must be relevant in some way.
The West is in - now what?
Tuesday April 4, 2006-- Presentation @ 6:30pm
Canadian politics over the course of the past 30 years has seen a surge of discontent in the West. Many Westerners today can recite a list of indignities they feel were committed by Ottawa against their interests over that period. Beginning with the National Energy Policy, and ranging to issues like the CF 18 maintenance contract and softwood lumber, there is a deep sense in many quarters of the West that Confederation no longer favours anyone west of Kenora.
This rising malaise found its voice in the Reform movement, and continues to resonate deeply in the psyche of Westerners. Couple this dissatisfaction with the growing economic fortunes of the oil patch and a burgeoning disconnect with Eastern Canada on social issues, as well as questions on Senate and electoral reform, and the potential for significant change is in the air. Overlay it all with a new Tory government led by Calgary MP Stephen Harper in the nation's capital that draws much of its support from the West, and the potential for a different kind of Canada to emerge becomes a distinct possibility. How will this changing political landscape affect Canadians? What is Alberta’s place in Canada and how will the federal government address Alberta’s growing wealth?
Join Jim Dinning, former Alberta cabinet minister and a leading candidate to succeed Ralph Klein as leader of the Alberta Conservative party and Premier, David Taras, author and professor in the faculty of communication and culture at the University of Calgary, Don Martin, columnist for the National Post and the Calgary Herald, and moderator John Honderich, journalist and former publisher of the Toronto Star, for a lively discussion on what kind of impact we can expect the rise of the West to have on Canada's future.
I get saddle sores just thinking of sitting through this one.
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