History in the Canadian West.
Finding Friday are blogs about historical facts as they pertain to Western Canada.
In my travels throughout North America as a Canadian I discovered there is little known about the Canadian West both south of the border or in Eastern Canada. Originally it appears as though the west was set up as a colony where westerners supplied easterners from their vast resources.
Three words can destroy western Canada almost immediately. National Energy Program. It has happened twice – when Canada first started – Sir John A. MacDonald, our first Prime Minister, implemented it – a big reason for Canada’s Civil War and more recently Pierre Elliott Trudeau again tried it in the early 80’s. I watched houses abandoned, homeless wandering the streets and saw the results of the dreaded National Energy Program. It seems simply a method of punishing the west for prospering. I hope it won’t happen a third time.
Recently I have read a few articles where Canadian magazines have actually bragged about how Canada didn’t have troubles with their natives like the USA did. One magazine actually went on to say – Canada had no Indian Wars. How this article was ever published, by a Canadian magazine to boot, I’ll never know. It’s simply not true.
I now live in Calgary, Alberta. There were two states in my travels who seemed to know much about Calgary, Texas and Georgia. Texans knew that Calgary hosts the largest outdoor rodeo in the world, the Calgary Stampede. Many Texans are participants in this huge event. Combine that with Calgary being the oil capital of Canada and we understand why Texas might know all about Alberta. When my husband worked in the moving industry, there was a steady flow of Canadians going to Texas and Texans coming to Calgary to work in the oil-field Head Offices.
In 2013 Calgary had the worst flood here in recorded history. Two weeks before the Stampede the grounds and downtown Calgary were flooded. Two weeks later everything was ready for the Stampede. Yeah Calgary.
Georgia has people who are well aware Calgary purchased their Atlanta Flames hockey team, to become our proud Calgarians Calgary Flames instead. Calgary also has the largest population of Americans who live outside the United States. Many of the settlers who started ranches near Calgary were originally from the USA.
Join me in reliving and learning about Western Canada’s fascinating past. Meet individuals as notorious as Jesse James and learn of some legends that appear might be true and not legends at all.
Welcome to Calgary, The New West: –