In a historic moment for both Canada and the United States, Alberta officially became the 51st US state on Tuesday after seceding from the Confederation.
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In a historic moment for both Canada and the United States, Alberta officially became the 51st US state on Tuesday after seceding from the Confederation.

The decision to join the US came after years of discussion and negotiations between the Alberta government and the Trump administration. The move was supported by the majority of UCP voters over the age of 49, who saw it as an opportunity to gain greater access to the US market as well as their unique snack foods.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this great nation,” said Alberta Premier Danielle Smith at a press conference announcing the statehood. “We have a lot to offer, Dollarama for example, and we are excited to be able to work more closely with our American neighbours.”

As a state, Alberta will have representation in the US Congress and Albertans will be able to participate in national elections. The state will also have access to federal programs and services, such as Medicaid and Social Security.

We have a lot to offer, Dollarama for example, and we are excited to be able to work more closely with our American neighbours.

Danielle Smith

The transition to statehood will not be without challenges, however. Some Albertans are concerned about the potential loss of cultural identity and the impact on the province’s oil and gas industry. There’s also the complete replacement of Alberta’s public healthcare system with America’s for-profit system.

“We will work to ensure that Alberta maintains its unique identity and that our oil and gas industry continues to thrive,” said Smith. “But we also believe that this is a huge opportunity for Alberta and we are confident that we will be able to overcome any challenges that come our way. Except the healthcare thing.”

In response to the news of Alberta becoming the newest US state, Prime Minister Trudeau stated, “We are delighted that Canada and the United States have come to an agreement for Alberta to join the United States. This is a mutually beneficial decision for both countries, and we look forward to a strong and enduring partnership. Oh, and remember: no take-backs!”

The addition of Alberta as a state brings the total number of states in the US to 51, and marks a significant expansion of the country’s territory.

Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash

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