Since I’ve been getting trolled all over the Internets by a disproportionate number of Albertans lately, I’ve been wondering what’s the problem with them. Apparently, I’m not the only one. (See Jymn’s comment here.) The Mound of Sound has also been inquiring into the problem, and offers the following insight:
They’re so pro-life out in Alberta, eh? They care so much about the unborn that they won’t strap in their already-born infants in car seats–or at least, they won’t require people to do so by law, although many of them would like nothing better than to see abortion outlawed. Consistency and logic: Two more things that alienate the West.Well, that explains their mindset, but still not how it got that way. I wonder: could it be something in the water? Bovine feces has been ruled out; there are more head of cattle being raised in my home province of Ontario (where cowboy hats are, strangely, much scarcer.) That leaves either sour gas, or tailings from the tar sands. Don’t worry, Alberta, science will deal with you yet. You will be dragged, kicking and screaming, into the 21st Century–and even defunding universities in the Rest of Canada to your own advantage won’t help you.
Years ago the “Rest of Canada” had laws requiring properly installed, properly certified baby seats to be in all cars used to transport infants. Guess who didn’t? Full points if you guessed Alberta.There was a movement in the Alberta legislature to mandate the use of babyseats but it was angrily resisted, with real indignance, by the Conservative government of the day. Their explanation? Why, forcing drivers to have proper car seats for infant passengers would intrude on their rights. Those sphincters actually stood right up on their hind legs and said that and said it again and again and again. Those uber-right mouthbreathers eventually relented but only after being dragged, kicking and screaming, through their own filth. If you ever needed a window into the dark, perverse mind of the far right, there it is.