The conclusion has clearly been drawn that the only way to get Ottawa’s attention is to create a crisis
Well... not entirely wrong that's for sure. It is probably true that albertans demand more respect than they SHOULD get, and get less respect than they deserve.
Many think the feds make most of their money from alberta oil, which is no where remotely close to true. A large percent think somehow that albertans pay more into "equalization". This is false, equalization is paid from taxes and they pay the same tax rate as everyone else.
At the same time they're a "have" province that draws less in gov't transfers and money overall than most provinces, the success of their people means they normally pay higher than average income taxes due to their higher than average incomes and oil is an important strategic and economic resource that keeps our dollar stronger and such.
And alberta does get dumped on. Trudeau before getting elected said westerners and albertans were unfit to lead the country and it 'doesn't work' when they're allowed to try. The NEP was a horrid disaster for a generation of younger albertans. Alberta culture and heritage is utterly ignored other than to occasionally show up at a stampede.
So... this probably is the inevitalbe result which is a shame because it's the last thing alberta needs to be focused on right now.