Sunday, 13 January 2013

Nine Reasons to Live in Alberta

1. Alberta is Canada's only rat-free province. It's been clean since 1905. However, if you like rats, then this could be a problem for you. So please, leave your pet rats at home before coming to visit us.

2. The provincial government owns the rights to Alberta's mineral resources, so licence fees and taxes on energy companies profits come to provincial coffers as opposed to federal ones. Sorry Ottawa, it's all ours!

3. Alberta has the best overall weather of all Canadian provinces, according to Environment Canada. If Alberta's weather was any better, lots of Americans would probably want to pack their bags and move here, eh?

4. Albertans spend more in retail stores than other Canadians, suggesting they have higher disposable incomes and more buying power. Alberta is growing faster economically than any other Canadian province. The downside to this is, do we really need to consume more? Hmm, maybe that's a bitter-sweet advantage.

5. Alberta has one of the highest rates of fatal car accidents in Canada. OK, maybe that's not a good reason to live in Alberta, but if knowing this statistic would only make us all more careful behind the wheel, then that would be something to brag about. Unfortunately, too many Albertans still don't seem to realize that we now have a "Distracted Driving" law, or they simply don't care.

6. Alberta has a dinosaur named after it; the Albertosaurus Sarcophagus. This is not necessarily a good reason to want to live in Alberta, but it is kind of cool. If you're into dinosaurs, then your visit to Alberta wouldn't be complete without a stop in Drumheller.

7. Alberta has some of the smartest people in North America, with almost two-thirds of the population having a post-secondary qualification. Solomon once said, "Wise men store up knowledge" (Proverbs 10:14), so I guess you could say, Alberta is a "storehouse for knowledge." OK, that's a bit of a stretch, but I thought it was funny.

8. Alberta is completely self-sufficient in terms of drinking water, but we aren't hoarders of the stuff, as more than 90% of the prairie provinces potable water comes from Alberta. There really is no good reason for anyone to be thirsty in Alberta.

9. Finally, Alberta has no Provincial Sales Tax, no provincial general capital tax, no payroll tax, no machinery and equipment tax, and we also boast Canada's lowest fuel taxes. Wow! However, if you love paying taxes, you may want to reconsider moving to Alberta.

So there you have it; the Alberta advantage, reinterpreted by "The Other Side of Will" and a bathroom trivia book. Any more questions?

Statistic Source: Bathroom Book of Alberta Trivia

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons

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