The comments from David McGuinty are, quite clearly, stupid. The actions, the idea, the concept - all stupid. And it was uttered by a man clearly not stupid. Worst of all, this was our natural resources critic that said it.
It is quite unacceptable for anyone to say something along the lines of "go back to X," because it is quite ignorant and foolish. People have a right to be anywhere, with any idea, and representing any platform - be it immigrants, communists, or supporters of Alberta's oil industry.
I don't mind someone criticising the positions held by these people - that's quite alright. Some of it is actually true. Albertans do really have something of a "protectionist" view of their energy industry, inasmuch as they think it needs to be guarded from stupid easterners who want their oil. Whether this is right or wrong can be brought up in a civilized debate.
But never in the context of saying Albertans should "go back to Alberta." That's just utterly stupid.
McGuinty needs to be dropped from his critic portfolio. I'm sorry, but until he either apologizes or makes utterly clear that he misspoke and is totally willing to debate what he said properly, he can't represent the Liberal Party on this file.