Fort McMurray, Alberta -- all that shit I've ever said about how alien western Canadian alienation seems to me? Forget it. We Ontarians have our own homegrown aliens.Nothing's more surprising than seeing a familiar face far from home. During a meeting on western separatism sponsored by the Western Canada Concept, who shows up but Paul Fromm, late of the Peel board of education. The guy who heads up the Canadian Association for Free Expression and who got yanked from the classroom after being caught on tape addressing a bunch of skinheads doing their best sieg heils a few years back is here, a guest of WCC founder Doug Christie.
Christie is beating the drums of western separatism again, hitting all Alberta's favourite issues: registering your firearms, the Canadian Wheat Board and the biggest Alberta bugaboo of all, the Kyoto Accord.
Tragically for Mr. Christie and his guest speaker, the 10 angry white men and one angry white woman who show up at the Best Western Nomad Inn aren't exactly what you'd call standing room only. A jumble of blue jeans, ballcaps and cowboy hats, they sip coffee and nibble on muffins. A nonplussed Christie professes surprise at the turnout, insisting he and Fromm have been playing to packed houses in the south of the province. Maybe, but here in Fort McMurray this sort of dog-and-pony show takes a back seat to the town's chief preoccupation: making money.
Fromm is like some kind of penny-arcade whack-a-mole game. Wherever you go, there he is plying his same speil. This time he's telling the assembled 11 why Albertans should separate now, because it'll be easier now than five years hence. What's more, being a Canadian is dangerous to free thinkers like him and his audience, because you can't have contrary opinions and the government's trying to take away everyone's guns. Gun control, he tells the audience, "has done nothing to stop one gang of Jamaicans from blasting away at another gang of Jamaicans for control of Toronto's crack trade."
And don't get him started on Indians. Life on or off reserve for our First Nations brothers and sisters is evidently way better than life for the melanin-challenged, what with all the "race-based rights" in Canada.
By the way, Fromm says it's "dangerous to be a Canadian if you have a thought in your head." From the look of things, he has nothing to worry about.