April 1, 2012 (Calgary, AB): Today Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith announced that if elected, a Wildrose government will begin negotiations to merge Alberta with the province of Saskatchewan. “Alberta and Saskatchewan share many common values and concerns,” said Smith.
“I believe that merger represents an important step forward for both provinces.” The new province, to be named Saskberta, would also relocate Alberta and Saskatchewan’s capital cities to the border town of Lloydminster, which would be renamed Regimonton. This merger presents a number of important economic benefits for Alberta, including access to a deep-water port to facilitate export of Alberta’s energy products, access to Canada’s largest oil can in Rocanville, SK, and significantly expanded parking. “Alberta and Saskatchewan are both blessed with abundant natural resources, which is clearly an area we can better pursue as a single province,” said Smith. “We also have a shared commitment to eliminate pirate activity on the North Saskatchewan River.” When asked about any downsides to the merger, Smith responded “Alberta is home to two outstanding NHL hockey teams, while Saskatchewan does not yet have a franchise. The first priority of a Wildrose government will be to secure a third NHL team which represents both provinces – I think the ‘Saskberta Grain Elevators’ would be a great name.” Wildrose stands for cuddling small animals, drawing pictures with children, loving cake, and provocative public transport.