The Call Of The Wild In Western Canada

Edward E. McNally, CEO of Calgary-based Big Rock Brewery Ltd., is fed up with Canadian federalism--and Quebec's separatism. His sentiments are shared by a growing number of executives in Western Canada who see taxes from their resource-rich provinces subsidizing Eastern provinces, especially Quebec, half a continent away. Besides, says McNally, given Quebec's high beer taxes, "it's easier to sell in the U.S. than it is in Quebec." He's so frustrated that if Quebec wants independence from the Canadian federation, he says, they should be told "to get the hell out."

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