Western Alienation in Canada

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The Western Region of Canada is composed of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. The Wetern Region is very diverse and contains rich farming regions, wealthy oil and natural gas areas, as well as abundant wood and mineral extraction industries. Since these regions were developed to provide central Canada with raw materials and markets. Many in the west feel the federal government does not pay enough attention to their needs resulting in a feeling of allienation.There was an economic gap between the regions of Canada, the Western Region had the shitty end of the stick. This caused regional disparity. In the 1970s, industries based on natural resources were hit the hardest; the fishing, forestry and mining industries suffered massive layoffs. Ontario and Quebec didnt seem to be as effected by this, causing the Western Region of Canada to resnt them.Ever since the prarie provinces entered the Confederation, western allienation had been a concern. Many in the west believed that Ottawa's policies made Western Canada bend over backwards to and favour Central Canada. In response to the oil crisis, the federal government froze the price of gas and oil and imposed a tax on petrol. This made Alberta and their premier mad because they felt they had a right to at least be consulted before their natural resource's value and taxation was messed around with.Although the federal government was trying to stabilize the rapidly falling economy, I think that keeping all provinces of Canada happy should have been something that they strived more for. Although everyone being happy while the economy falls can be difficult and maybe even impossible, if everyone contributed and made compromise perhaps a more agreeable settlement could have been arranged. Like maybe they could have distributed jobs and exported citizens to different provinces or raised wages in
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